Statement on “missing” teachers of Marawi

June 16, 2017

PASIG CITY, June 16, 2017 – The Department of Education (DepEd) is equally concerned about the welfare of the teachers from Marawi and has exerted the same amount of effort to track and assist them.  
With the opening of classes in Marawi still pending, not all teachers have reported to the division. Being unable to report, however, does not mean that they have gone missing. 
Since May 27, upon the instruction of Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, DedEd, through its offices in Regions IX, X, ARRM, and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRMMS), has been on the ground tracking and assisting both learners and personnel fleeing from the siege. 
Teams have been deployed to evacuation centers and communities near the conflict area to find displaced students and teachers, to assess their condition and to refer them to accommodating schools. 
As of June 15, a total of 7,344 learners from Marawi have been enrolled in schools in Regions I, III, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XII, CARAGA, and NCR. The Department has waived all requirements for enrollment and advised all public schools to accommodate the influx of transferees including the provision for additional learning materials.
We believe that if the displaced learners are able to flee to as far as Batac City in Ilocos Norte, the probability is high that the teachers that have yet to report are also dispersed in the various regions to get away from the violence. 
The teachers who have already reported to the Division of Marawi, which is temporarily holding office in Iligan City, will be convened starting next week to undergo psychosocial first aid and support.  
Recognizing their valuable contribution to society, DepEd continues to uphold teachers' welfare. On top of their salary, teachers in public schools are provided allowances, bonuses, leave credits, and insurance. With Executive Order 201 s. 2016, their salaries will increase every year until 2019 – yielding a significant difference with the entry-level salary of teachers in private schools at an average of P12,000.  
Aside from monetary benefits, public school teachers are also continuously undergoing training to further hone their knowledge and skills to prepare them for future opportunities. When they become victims of disasters, natural or manmade, DepEd taps its partner agencies and organizations to extend assistance to them.
In times of conflict, we emphasize the call to spare our learners and personnel from threat, intimidation and violence. The department also coordinates with LGUs and  law enforcement agencies to secure and assist them. 
The efforts of the Department to track all the displaced learners and personnel will continue until they are all accounted for.

Position SG Level
1st Tranche
2nd Tranche
3rd Tranche
4th Tranche
Teacher I
11 19,077 19,620 20,179 20,754
Teacher II
12 20,651 21,387 22,149 22,938
Teacher III
13 22,328 23,257 24,224 25,232
Master Teacher I
18 33,452 35,693 38,085 40,637
Master Teacher II
19 36,409 39,151 42,099 45,269
Master Teacher III
20 39,768 43,250 47,037 51,155
Master Teacher IV
21 43,439 47,779 52,554 57,805


[i] Based on EO 201 “Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the Grant of Additional Benefits for Both Civilian and Military and Uniformed Personnel”