Staff member of the Department of Education’s TV channel have come forward and lamented that they were not fairly compensated, if at all, since distance learning began in October.
They said that they have not received any wages since they started working two months ago and if they had, it was only commensurate to one payday or work done for two weeks.
Late last month, their company—which had entered a deal with DepEd to produce the episodes—told them that they were not yet paid since DepEd TV did not have funding under the current year’s budget, but that they would be paid once the 2021 budget was approved.
They were also informed that they would get their salaries within the month but the dates keep changing.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called on the education agency to right this wrong and see to it that they are paid before Christmas.
“For months, these hapless employees were producing output through their own means—their own computers, internet and electricity expenses—under the work from home setup, but they were not getting anything for all their work,” said ACT secretary general Raymond Basilio.
The education sector is one of the top recipients of funds under the 2021 budget approved by Congress. Millions of students, meanwhile, have been learning through printed and digital modules, online classes, TV and radio.