Councilor Joey Daluz, head of the Local School Board, said the delayed release of the incentive was caused by the initial refusal of the Local Finance Committee (LFC) to authorize the use of the Special Education Fund (SEF) for teacher’s incentives in the absence of DepEd authority.
To overcome the committee’s objection, Daluz e spoke with the executive officer of Education Secretary Armin Luistro who told him that the SEF could be used for bonuses if authorized by the Local School Board.
City Schools Superintendent Rhea Angtud, who also sits in the Local School Board also approved of the use of the fund for bonus.
There are about 5,000 public school teachers in Cebu City.
“But we will still ask for a written opinion to be attached to the vouchers,” said Daluz.
The fund for the teacher’s bonus comes from an unspent balance of about P50 million from the P300-million SEF.
The city government has originally allocated the fund for construction of school buildings, expansion of classrooms and sports development.
The LFC is composed of the city treasurer, city budget office and city planning and development officer. /Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac