DepEd to Hire 10 Filipino Domestic Workers in HK To Be Hired as Teachers

Ten Filipino teachers working in Hong Kong as domestic workers will be hired as school teachers in the Philippines after passing an evaluation process conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd).

“The DepEd will employ the ten former OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) as teachers holding regular plantilla item positions,” Baldoz said of the Filipina teachers, adding that they obtained Professional Regulation Commission licenses and have had teaching experience in the past five years.

Bringing back Filipinos abroad as teachers is part of the “Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am” program in partnership between the Department of Labor and Department of Education as part of National Reintegration Program for Filipinos returning to the Philipines from jobs abroad.

A Teacher I position pays an entry level salary of P20,549 a month including a Cost of Living Allowance of P2,000. With total deductions of P4,049.81 which consist of income tax, GSIS, PagIbig, and PhilHealth contributions, the take-home pay is P16,499.19.

Additional benefits for teachers include P5,000 clothing allowance per year, year-end bonus equivalent to a month’s salary, cash gift of P5,000, productivity bonus of P5,000 and performance bonus based on teaching appraisal.

“The 10 teachers are a modest, initial number. Secretary Luistro said the DepEd has 1,300 teaching vacancies left for 2014 and 39,000 vacant teacher positions in 2015. He said he would need a lot of teachers,” Baldoz said.