CITING limited funding
and a lack of legal basis, the
Department of Education
(DepEd) said it could not
heed requests to increase the
amount allocated for personnel as reimbursement
for their communication expenses.
In a statement, the department said it acknowledged that P300 per month
was not enough to repay
of teachers and personnel
as they implement distance
learning amid the COVID-19
“In as much as the Department would want to
reimburse their communication expenses for a higher
amount, the Department has
its limitations, both in the
funding cover and legal basis,” the DepEd said.
“The amount of P300 per month was identified based
on the cost estimates per
available 2020 funds,” it explained.
The DepEd also said it
could not release the reimbursement as an allowance
due to a lack of legal basis.
The department’s request to the Department of
Budget and Management
(DBM) to give a communication allowance to its personnel remains unanswered, the
“We hope for your understanding as we provide
what is due our personnel
within our budget,” it added.
The DepEd made the statement following complaints from teachers over
the measly amount of the reimbursement as well as the
tedious process to get the refund.
Teachers ask DepEd
for quick reimbursement
of P300 communication allowance
Under DepEd Order No.
38, issued last November,
DepEd personnel may claim
a reimbursement worth
P300 per month for communication expenses incurred
from March to December