Apology of Erwin Tulfo to teachers
ERWIN TULFO – The secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) apologized to teachers following his remark over the distribution of educational cash assistance.
This, was after some teacher groups including the Alliance of Concerned Teachers reacted to the allegedly insulting and irresponsible statement made by Tulfo in which he claimed that teachers might favor other students when they’re tasked to distribute cash assistance.
“Baka maulit na naman na may pinaboran si teacher dahil pinsan niya ‘yung estudyante niya. Eh alam n’yo naman po ‘yung mga teacher natin, doon lang nakatira sa paligid-ligid. Baka na naman ma-accuse na naman ho ang mga teacher. Kawawa naman,” Tulfo said.
But the DSWD chief clarified that he has no intention to offend the teachers.
According to him, the teachers might be accused of favoritism if they are tasked to distribute financial assistance to students.
“Hihingi lang ho ako ng pasensya at paumanhin sa mga guro natin na nasaktan doon sa sinabi natin. Sinita tayo ng ACT Teachers party-list na hindi maganda ‘yung nasabi natin na pinagdududahan ang mga teachers natin doon sa pamimigay ng ayuda,” Erwin Tulfo said.
“Hindi ganun eh. Ang sinabi ko ho ay baka mapag-isipan sila o maakusahan na namimili na dahil may mga kaanak,” he added.
Meanwhile, DSWD has rolled out giving financial assistance to needy students or “students-in-crisis.”
Accordingly, each student may receive P1,000 for those in elementary, P2,000 for those in high school, P3,000 for those in senior high school, and P4,000 for those in college/vocational school.
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