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Private schools still see silver lining

The Federation of Associations of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) on Monday disclosed that private school teachers continue to receive social amelioration aid through the coordination of the group with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) facilitated by Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

In a statement, FAPSA president Eleazardo Kasilag said that it appreciate the concerned agencies’ move to uplift the moral of private school teachers who were greatly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He added that the private school teachers who were displaced had received P5,000 as part of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

The FAPSA president also said that hope has been rekindled for private schools, as the sector has been suffering from neglect in the midst of 865 private schools that closed down this year — including the 107-year-old College of the Holy Spirit of Manila — which is closing after school year 2021-2022.

The government has provided several assistance from the DoLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, the DSWD Social Amelioration Program, Social Security System Small Business Wage Subsidy SBWS, among others.

The COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kasilag, affected private school teachers since March 2020 and were not able to receive their salaries especially those coming from the small and newly established schools.

Kasilag has appealed its situation to the office of the senator on 14 September 2020 for the inclusion of the private school teachers in the social amelioration program under Bayanihan Act 2.

Immediately, Kasilag received a call from Go himself who tasked the Office of the President to get data from FAPSA through Assistant Secretary Irmina Espino who facilitated with DoLE to prioritize FAPSA schools.

The FAPSA SAP committee has assisted DoLE with the actual data and specific information of the qualified beneficiaries as systematic procedures and guidelines were crafted for the smooth flow of the distribution.

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