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ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro has filed a bill providing 30 sick leave benefits for public school teachers, who do not enjoy any such benefits under current rules and regulations in the government.

“Public school teachers have long been complaining of not being afforded sick leave benefits within the school year because they are allegedly already covered by the leave benefits granted to those on ‘teachers leave basis,’ namely, service credits and the Proportional Vacation Pay (PVP),” Castro said.

“However, service credits are compensation for work done by the teacher beyond regular functions or regular work or days, such as Brigada Eskwela, election and census service,” the Makabayan lawmaker said.

In filing House Bill 5349, Castro said it’s about time that the laws were amended to provide public school teachers protection against health complications, especially considering that most of such conditions are the effects of the daily strain of teachers’ tasks in schools and overwork.

“With the current laws, rules and regulations, it is as if public school teachers can choose to only get sick during the summer breaks and are expected to simply ‘bear it’ during the school year,” she said.

“Moreover, teachers suffer deductions in their salaries if they choose to absent themselves from class,” she added.

The bill is co-sponsored by the five other Makabayan representatives namely Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat of Bayan Muna, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, and Sarah Elago of Kabataan.

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