A federation of private schools urged Sen. Bong Go to include their teachers in the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) under Bayanihan Act 2.
In a letter dated Sept. 14, the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators (FAPSA) appealed to Go for the inclusion of private school teachers in the government aid program.
FAPSA said that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all the sectors of the society — including the private education sector. The FAPSA, with about 3,000 member-schools, said that there are private school teachers who — since April 2020 — “were not able to receive their salaries especially those coming from the small and newly-established schools in the country.”
Also, the group added that “most of these teachers were not able to receive cash assistance from the other government agencies.”
With this, the private school teachers, represented by the SAP Committee of the FAPSA from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, appealed to Go to include these teachers and allocate a budget in the Bayanihan Act 2.
FAPSA noted that the government has provided several assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) SAP, and Social Security System (SSS) Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS), among others. “However, most of the school personnel (teaching and non-teaching) were not able to avail of the said financial assistance,” the group said.
The private school sector, FAPSA said, is just a “small group” and has been requesting to Congress since May 2020. Based on the data submitted to Congress in May 2020, the FAPSA SAP Committee was able to generate a total of 119,819 affected private school teachers.
Currently, FAPSA estimates that 263,000 private school personnel all over the country are affected. “Some of them were laid off or retrenched due to the decrease in enrollment and some private schools even closed,” the group said.
“Once our appeal is granted and approved, the FAPSA SAP Committee is willing to facilitate and provide you with the actual data and specific information of those qualified beneficiaries,” FAPSA said.