To reduce their administrative load, the Department of Education (DepEd) said it will no longer allow public school teachers to monitor students receiving cash aid under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

DepEd Undersecretary and chief of staff Epimaco Densing III informed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Erwin Tulfo via a letter dated October 20, 2022 about the education agency’s decision. 

“[W]e shall no longer allow our teachers to facilitate the monitoring of 4Ps in their respective institutions of learning. This is in line with the Department of Education’s thrust that teachers shall focus on teaching,” the letter read.

“As such, we intend to advise at the soonest possible time our teachers to turn over these tasks to your personnel,” it added.

Densing explained that DepEd personnel are not required to monitor and accomplish reports regarding the program under Republic Act Number 11310 or the 4Ps Act.

However, DSWD Undersecretary Eduardo Punay said that teachers have a huge role in the execution of 4Ps, noting that DepEd is their partner agency in the program. 

“Ngunit nais nating linawin na ang mga guro natin sa DepEd ay hindi po involved sa distribution or pamamahagi nitong mga 4Ps na mga payouts at mga grants. Ang kanila pong role under sa implementing rules and regulations…ay monitoring. Sila po ay naatasan na magmonitor ng attendance sa klase ng mga estudyante ng ating mga 4Ps beneficiaries,” he said via a public briefing.

Punay added that they are now in talks with DepEd to discuss the issue and find solutions.

“Importante rin po kasi ang role ng ating guro. Hindi natin puwedeng bitawan ang kanilang role dito sa implementation ng ating 4Ps,” he added.

Ronald Espartinez