Mayor still studying plea for allowance, rice subsidy

The Office of the City Mayor is still studying the request of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) to increase the allowance and rice subsidy of the volunteer teachers in the city.

Councilor Pilar Braga, chair on the committee on education, updated the status of the proposal during the assembly of ACT members at the Sangguniang Panlungsod building yesterday.

“With regards to your request of local allowance and rice subsidy, we shall look into this, study the various factors that we may need into consideration, and get back at you as soon as we can,” Braga quoted Duterte as saying.

Earlier, however, the mayor expressed that the use of Special Education Fund won’t be feasible but she will look for options with the legal office.

“We are not allowed from the special education fund to give allowances to our teachers and the best that we can do for them is we can ask the City Legal Office to explore other options of the help we can offer that is allowed by the use of the special education fund,” said the mayor over the weekend.

But she is open to a dialogue with the public secondary and elementary school teachers on their clamor for a bigger allowance and rice subsidy.

Meanwhile, in line with the celebration of the National Teacher’s Month, the mayor expressed her gratitude to the educators of the city.

Braga also read the speech of the Duterte, who is still in Israel as part of the Presidential delegation, before the ACT assembly participants.

“It is good to know that you have come today as leaders of various public schools in the city in line with the celebration of the National Teacher’s Month,” said Duterte, thanking the teachers for molding young minds.”

Meanwhile, Braga said the request of the teachers is now formally in the City Mayor’s office after Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair of the finance, ways and means committee, advised the group’s officers to follow the proper protocol.

“The councilors are all supportive of your request but I also made sure that a resolution was passed from the city council endorsing your request to the city mayor,” Braga explained.