The Department of Education (DepEd) just recently announced that they are set to hire 13,200 non-teaching personnel for schools nationwide. The good news was revealed during the kick-off celebration of World Teachers’ Day at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
According to Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo in his keynote speech in front of thousands of teachers, the House of Representatives has approved the proposed 2017 budget, which amounts to PHP567 billion, an amount that is 30% more than this year’s budget allocation.
Mateo assured the teachers that while a substantial part of the budget would be dedicated to critical resources, other requirements would also be addressed, including support staff for teachers. He shared that DepEd has started creating posts for non-teaching staffs for schools, but that this measure will be done gradually.
In an interview with the media, Mateo revealed that PHP4 billion of the 2017 proposed budget has been reserved for the hiring of 13,266 personnel, who are to handle non-teaching jobs, including financial and administrative work. He also said that a majority of these non-teaching personnel would be assigned to senior high schools.
The 13,266 non-teaching position is a significantly higher number compared to the 2,500 personnel in 2015, and 11,000 for 2016.
In an interview with Inquirer, he revealed that the numbers in the previous years were limited because fiscal space was also limited. However, since the 2017 proposed budget is wider, they can now afford such items.
Mateo also said that these non-teaching personnel would help alleviate the burden of teachers by taking on administrative tasks, and letting them concentrate on their teaching.
He said that they are trying to correct that situation of teachers having to do non-teaching functions on top of their teaching positions because of lack of support staff and non-teaching personnel to help them.
Mateo also revealed that PHP15.5 billion of the 2017 budget was also reserved for hiring more than 53,800 teachers, majority of whom is dedicated to the senior high school program.