Ten teachers working in HK as domestic workers pass DepEd evaluation

Date Posted: January 7th, 2015 01:51 AM

Ten Filipino teachers who have worked in Hong Kong as domestic workers, but who have obtained teachers’ licenses in examinations administered by the Professional Regulations Commission and who have teaching experience during the past five years have passed the evaluation process of the Department of Education, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday.

“The DepEd will employ the ten former OFWs as teachers holding regular plantilla item positions,” explained Baldoz who has initiated the program, together with DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro under the project, “Sa Pinas, Ikaw and Ma’am/Sir”, a component of the National Reintegration Program for OFWs.

The ten teachers are Cristina B. Pimentel of Brgy. Burgos, San Guillermo, Isabela; Rosemelinda A. Castillo of Tapel, Gonzaga, Cagayan; Bravo, Miluz of Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City; Mary Grace A. Jimenez of Brgy. Cabaruyan, Libungan, North Cotabato; Lorna P. Tabernero, of Santol, La Union; Helen A. Nalupa of Songkoy, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Gertrudes D. Baliclic of Piddig, Ilocos Norte; Assen Shierra A. Biggayan of Centro, Abulug, Cagayan; Mia C. Garcia of Cristo Rey, Capaz, Tarlac; and Joan S. Kirit of Diego Silang Village, Ususan, Taguig City.

“Most of the ten teachers have already submitted complete documentary requirements, while some are still in the process,” reported Bureau of Local Employement Director Nikki Tutay to Baldoz.

“They are already assured to be hired as teachers,” she added.

A Teacher I position, Baldoz said, pays an entry level salary of P20,549 a month including a Cost of Living Allowance of P2,000. With total deductions of P4,049.81 which consist of income tax, GSIS, PagIbig, and PhilHealth contribution, the take-home pay is P16,499.19.

However, Baldoz said a teacher in the Philippines receives many additional perks and benefits, including a clothing/uniform allowance of P5,000 per year; year-end bonus equivalent to one month basic pay; cash gift of P5,000; performance bonus depending on teaching performance; and productivity enhancement of P5,000.

“Moreover, teachers also receive incentives, such as proportional vacation pay equivalent to 70 days; Christmas vacation pay equivalent to 14 days; and a chalk allowance of P1,000 per year,” Baldoz explained.

Other teacher benefits and incentives include a one-step increment for every three years of continuous satisfactory performance; hardship allowance for teachers assigned in hardship posts (i.e., cannot be reached by regular means of transportation, but only through hiking or banca/motorcylce rides); mobile teachers and multi-grade teachers (15-25% of basic salary); and honoraria for teaching overload subject to funds availability.

“This pay is for single teachers. The pay for married teachers with dependents is higher a bit,” she said.

This project for domestic worker-teachers is very encouraging. It guarantees them careers in the public education system and weans them away from their previous domestic work occupations, Baldos further explained.

The DOLE has conceived ‘Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am Project’ as a modest start of a paradigm shift towards uplifting the status of OFWs, especially domestic workers.

The Department, under Baldoz, has been urging domestic workers here and abroad to transform themselves from home-based workers to establishment-based workers.

Through the project, which is being implemented in collaboration with the DepEd, PRC, and other government agencies, ‘Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am’ seeks to provide licensed teachers working abroad, either as domestic workers or non-teaching related occupations, to return to the Philippines to teach.

Baldoz said the BLE and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs continue to profile OFW-teachers, not only those who are working abroad as domestic workers, to entice them to come home.

“The 10 teachers are a modest, initial number. Secretary Luistro said the DepEd has 1,300 teaching vacancies left for 2014 and 39,000 vacant teacher positions in 2015. He said he would need a lot of teachers,” Baldoz said.


Created Jan 26th 2015, 10:49


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