Saturday, July 29, 2006

Teachers Get More Money In North Cotabato

Governor Emmanuel Pinol reads books for North Cotabato children. (Sidney Nanini)

KIDAPAWAN CITY (Carlos Bautista / 29 Jul) Volunteer teachers under the Magtutudlo Sa Barangay (MSB) program of the provincial government of North Cotabato are set to receive additional honorarium after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved Governor Emmanuel Pinol's request for P2 million to effectively increase their monthly allowance to P3,000.

The more than two hundred volunteer teachers assigned in different school in barangays all over the province will get an additional P1,500 each for the months of August to December this year.

The MSB volunteers are already receiving P1,500 monthly.

"We know that this is not much, but it shows our sincere appreciation of the service provided by our Magtutudlo Sa Barangay (Village) to the children of North Cotabato," Pinol said.

"They are our hardworking partners in our effort to ensure that no child in this province is deprived of education," he said.

The MSB program, a brainchild of the governor, was started in 2002 in response to the lack of teachers in far-flung villages of North Cotabato. Under the program qualified community-based volunteer teachers are tapped to supplement the regular personnel of the Department of Education in village schools where there is a lack of teachers.

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