DepEd explains non-release of salaries of teachers in Marawi
Cotabato City (18 March 2015)- An education official in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao denied on Tuesday the allegation that the salaries of teachers in Marawi City have been unjustly withheld.
Dr. John Magno, ARMM’s Department of Education assistant secretary for operation, said the payroll checks of the teachers have already been sent to their field office in Marawi City, ready for release pending the compliance of needed requirements.
He said the region has been very prompt in releasing the salaries of teachers.
Magno said the teachers who have not yet received their salaries have been repeatedly advised to submit the corresponding daily time record.
“We obliged them with the basic government requirement to submit form 48 or the daily time record (DTR) in compliance with the law,” he said.
Magno said 19 teachers still have to submit their DTR.
“They will receive their salaries once they comply with the law,” he said. The official said the condition is an administrative procedure and has nothing to do with legal disputes between Marawi City Schools Division Superintendent Mona Macatanong and Pharida Sansarona, the region’s designated officer-in-charge.
Macatanong had earlier alleged that DepEd-ARMM officials intentionally withheld the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of the schools division of Marawi City to coerce her.
Magno refuted this claim clarifying that the division office failed to submit liquidation report of its previously released MOOEs as prerequisite.
“Marawi Division was not able to submit liquidation for more than a year,” Magno said, underscoring that the procedure guards against the misuse of MOOE funds. (Bureau of Public Information)