Visayas teachers need more help – ACT

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A TEACHERS’ group on Wednesday renewed its call to the Department of Education (DepEd) seeking for necessary assistance to public school teachers affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), exactly two months after the typhoon battered the Eastern Visayas and other nearby areas.

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“We would like to reiterate our call Education Secretary Armin Luistro to give the necessary assistance for our public school teachers in the typhoon-hit areas,” France Castro, secretary-general of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), said.

“Teachers were asked and even required to go back to their work and perform their duties, but we would like to remind Secretary Luistro that our teachers were also victims of the calamity,” Castro added.

“We call on the government to immediately release cash assistance for the teachers, condone their loan obligations with the GSIS and provide an interest-free calamity/emergency program for the teachers and even for all affected government employees,” Castro said.

The group also claimed that the relief and rehabilitation effort of the government is still at its slowest pace, two months after Yolanda devastated the central Philippines which took down thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands homeless and jobless.

“Two months have passed and until now the Aquino government is moving like there is no urgency at all as manifested with the fact that thousands of those who died are still unburied and slow construction of bunk houses which will serve as the temporary shelter for the victims,” Castro said.

“We are dismayed that these bunkhouses were substandard and shrouded with issues like overpricing and kickbacks,” she added.

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