IF approved by both Houses of Congress, public teachers will be getting additional P500 each to be used for their medical examinations.
This was contained in the approved General Appropriations Bill in the House of Representatives which has been submitted to the Senate.
Both ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro welcomed the inclusion of the P500 annual medical examination fund for each public school teacher since this was mandated by the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.
“Since the enactment of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers in 1966, the provision that mandates government to provide for the annual medical examination of public school teachers remained unfunded,” Tinio said.
Tinio said that public school teachers have to shell out from their own pockets to comply with DepEd requirements to be able to do their jobs.
He added that although there are services offered by PhilHealth, these clearly do not meet RA 4670’s mandate of free health care for public school teachers as PhilHealth members pay monthly contributions.
Section 22 of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers entitled ‘Medical Examination and Treatment’ provides that public school teachers should undergo free compulsory medical examination before employment and should undergo free medical check-up at least once a year.
DepEd is also mandated by the same provision to provide free medical treatment and/or hospitalization.
“We consistently raised this concern during the budget deliberations since our first term 2010 through representative Tinio. We are glad that finally, this year, this provision in the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers will be funded,” Castro said.
“We sought the commitment from the agency heads and the sponsors of the budget for funding. We are happy that the Lower House already included the line item for medical examination,” she added.
Tinio pointed out that partial implementation of the provision can be started in 2019 by allocating more or less P350 Million for the medical examination of all 700,000 public school teachers in one year.
The two solons are urging Congress to ensure the funding for the medical examination provision from the Magna Carta of Public School Teachers and finally head the long-standing call of public school teachers for free medical examination and treatment.