Teachers in public elementary and high school teachers nationwide will receive P2,500 as a so-called “chalk allowance” for school year 2017-2018, which is scheduled to begin this June 5.
This is stipulated in the General Appropriations Act of 2017 which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law December of last year. The “chalk allowance” serves as extra money for teachers to be used in buying chalks, erasers, forms, and other classroom supplies and materials.
It is a common complaint among educators that they have to shell out significant amounts regularly for the purchase of school supplies. The amount is expected to be deposited in the teachers’ bank accounts beginning next month.
The “chalk allowance” used to be P1500 in the previous year, but intense lobbying from various educators’ groups led by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) paved the way for its increase. The ACT currently has a pending bill seeking to further increase the “chalk allowance” to P5000.
With a budget of P544 billion for 2017, the Department of Education remains to be the biggest-funded government agency.