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Gonzales eyes subsidies, loans for unemployed private school teachers

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With the reopening of classes uncertain, Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. is urging the government to launch subsidy and loan programs for teachers and other school personnel, especially those in private schools who may lose employment.

Under Resolution 905, Gonzales proposed government agencies should consider loan and subsidy programs for school personnel, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that classes will not resume unless a Covid-19 vaccine is developed and made available in the country.

He said Duterte, recognizing the risk the pandemic poses to school children and the people in general, has taken the position that classes would not resume in August as set by the Department of Education, unless there is a vaccine to fight the coronavirus disease.

On Monday, the President said allowing students to return to school amid the pandemic would “spell disaster.”

“I will not allow the opening of classes if students have to stay close to each other. Never mind if they don’t finish. For this generation, no one will finish medicine or engineering),” he said.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe. It’s useless to be talking about opening of classes. For me, there should be a vaccine first. When it’s available, then it’s okay,” the President said.

Gonzales said the delay in the opening of classes would seriously affect the employment and income of teachers and non-teaching staff, especially those working in private schools.

“There is thus a need to help the affected school personnel,” he said.

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