At least 10 former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have passed evaluation of the Department of Education (DepEd) will be employed as teachers, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Thursday.
According to Baldoz, the 10 OFWs were former domestic workers who have obtained teachers’ licenses in examinations administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) .
She said the OFWs had been teachers before they took overseas jobs.
The DepEd, Baldoz added, will employ them as teachers holding regular plantilla positions under the government project “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir [In the Philippines, You are the Ma’am/Sir].”
A statement from the Labor department identified the new teachers as Cristina Pimentel of San Guillermo, Isabela; Rosemelinda Castillo of Gonzaga, Cagayan; Bravo Miluz of Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City; Mary Grace Jimenez of Libungan, North Cotabato; Lorna Tabernero, of Santol, La Union; Helen Nalupa of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Gertrudes Baliclic of Piddig, Ilocos Norte; Assen Shierra Biggayan of Abulug, Cagayan; Mia Garcia of Capas, Tarlac; and Joan Kirit of Ususan, Taguig City (Metro Manila).
A component of the National Reintegration Program for OFWs, 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 occupations, to return to the Philippines to teach.
Baldoz said the new teachers will receive a monthly salary of P20, 549, including a P2, 000 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The teachers will take home only P16, 499.19, with P4,049.81 to be deducted for the income tax and contributions such as GSIS, Pag-Ibig and PhilHealth.