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Inday Loren Continues to Forward Antiqueño Teachers’ Rights and Welfare

February 24, 2019

During the 44th Annual Representative Assembly of the Antique Public School Teachers’ Association, Inc. (APSTA), Senator “Inday Loren” Legarda proudly announced her projects for Antiqueño teachers.

 

Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, said that on World Teachers’ Day this year, public school teachers will be receiving a special allowance of P1,000 from the P800-million she allocated under the Department of Education (DepEd) budget for 2019.

 

It was also through Legarda’s initiative that the teachers’ chalk allowance is now P3,500 per year since 2018 from P1,000 in 2014.

 

The Senator also said that Antique will be reclassified into a large district allowing for more Deped supervisors and commensurate support. Other projects she announced include the construction of the Antique Convention Center, which will serve as a venue for gatherings such as the APSTA assembly and other big events.

 

More than the assistance that she has provided to schools like the restoration of Gabaldon buildings, construction and repair of classrooms and covered courts, electrification of classrooms and funding for a Kinaray-a Center, Legarda also looks after the health of teachers.

 

She encouraged the teachers to avail of the free basic medical services offered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and asked them to recommend persons who may be qualified to avail the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients or the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations.

 

“We will provide more for our teachers and our communities and province as a whole because I know that our teachers’ concerns go beyond education. I know it goes beyond a computer, or a TV set, or the restoration of a classroom, or salaries, or the reclassification of a district. It is also about having livelihood and accessing quality health care services, among others. I will continue to work as hard as I did in my three terms in the Senate, and I am looking forward to working with everyone,” Legarda concluded.