Teaching and non-teaching personnel and staff of the Department of Education (DepEd) schools division in the province have received their salaries and clothing allowances early to support their needs during the quarantine.

Grace Estefano, division information officer, confirmed to Palawan News that on April 1 and 2, the personnel of the division have already received their salaries for the month and P6,000 clothing allowance.

“Na-release na ang April salary noong April 1, ang clothing allowance ay na-receive na nila April 2. In compliance ito sa order na kung may pwede ng i-release na budget puwede ng ma-release at naka-depende ito sa notice of cash allotment na binibigay ni Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Dahil nakabigay na si DBM ng notice of cash allotment naibigay ng maaga ang salary at clothing allowance.,” she said.

She added that normally the schedule of release for the salary is every third week or onwards of the month, while the clothing allowance was scheduled not as early as it was released.

Estefano said that it is an aide for the personnel in times like this where they needed money. But she also reminded that the money should be used wisely based on what they have learned in financial literacy.

“Para din ito makatulong sa kanila, syempre dahil sa sitwasyon ng COVID need din nilang makapag stock ng pagkain nila. But then nireremind din natin sila, paalala lang natin ang financial literacy, ini-release ito para meron silang magamit pero they should use their money wisely, kung ano man ang kanilang natutunan sa financial literacy kanilang i-apply ngayon sa panahon ng krisis,”

Estefano also mentioned that the division foresaw the possible effects of the health crisis and tried to finish all necessary documents required for the salaries of teaching and non-teaching personnel.

“Ito po ang magandang nangyari dahil bago po ang strict implementation ng Enhanced Community Quarantine sinikap po ng mga key division personnel na ma-irelease ang salary sa lahat ng teaching and non-teaching personnel. Ito ay ginawa ng division dahil in-expect natin na anytime baka magkaroon ng pagbabawal muna pansamantala ang inter-municipality travel. Ipinahanda rin agad ng ating schools division superintendent, ma’am Natty Bayubay sa mga concerned personnel ang payroll, clothing allowance pati na rin ang mid-year bonus na ang release ay nakadepende sa notice of cash allotment,” she said.