THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said the distribution of salaries and benefits of public school teachers in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda [international: Haiyan] have been delayed due to damaged school records.
“Teachers’ salaries for Region 8 have been delayed because records have been destroyed by the typhoon,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said. “Central office, however, has copies of the previous month’s payroll, which was used to recreate the November payroll.”
Luistro, however, said that the salaries of the teachers have already been released in the divisions of Tacloban City in Eastern Leyte province and Ormoc City in Southern Leyte province.
The DepEd chief said half of the salary and bonus was released last May and the other half this November. Teachers, he added, have received cash gift or incentive of P5,000.
“For the divisions of Eastern Samar and Borongan, the salaries will be available this week via ATMs [automated teller machines]on online banks. Those who have lost or damaged ATM cards should go to DBP [Development bank of the Philippines] branches and have them replaced. The salaries will not be available via over-the-counter transactions,” Luistro said.
Earlier, the state-run pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has offered a six-month loan moratorium to its members and pensioners in the typhoon-hit areas.
The loan moratorium was granted to the hardest-hit members to enable them to use the deferred payments on their GSIS loans for rebuilding their homes and other urgent needs.
Loans covered under the moratorium include consolidated loans, housing loans, policy loans, and eCash Advances.
The loan moratorium will be extended from November 2013 to April next year. The payment for existing loans of members will resume in May next year.