The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the allotment of P500 million for the temporary financial aid of teachers and other workers in higher education institutions (HEI) who will be displaced by the K to 12 program.
The financial support will be extended to around 23,000 beneficiaries, who may each receive between P7000 and P23,000 in monthly provisional aid, as disclosed by DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).
“The financial support will only be given to the beneficiary who will be actively seeking employment or other opportunities other than wage employment,” BLE Director Dominique Tutay clarified. “They have to register within one month after the displacement to our field offices or regional offices. And then they will submit the necessary requirements.”
In order for the HEI employees to qualify for the financial assistance, their retrenchment should be directly related to the K to 12 program. The BLE Director added that the period for assistance will only be up to three months for non-permanent employees and up to a maximum of six months for permanent employees.
The implementation of the K to 12 program, which is the banner education program of the Aquino administration, started in 2012. Starting next school year, the four-year high school system in the Philippines would have been phased out with the introduction of Senior High School or Grades 11 and 12. As a result, it is expected that college enrollment will drop to almost zero in the next two years.
DOLE earlier came out with guidelines to prevent possible massive displacement of faculty and non-academic personnel in HEIs. As of the moment, Tutay said that they have not received any report of displacement resulting from K to 12, and surmised that the actual effects may be seen during the enrollment season from May to June.
DOLE also offers referral and placement services as well as career guidance and employment coaching.