Teachers have a critical role in shaping the future by educating the next generation. Despite their importance, their health is frequently overlooked. The well-being and wellness of teachers are critical not only for their personal lives but also for the quality of instruction they provide.
The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines is committed to providing its educators with a variety of allowances and benefits that increase their overall standard of living and job satisfaction. In addition to financial support, these advantages improve teachers’ well-being and promote professional development.
These benefits not only give financial stability but also promote professional development and personal well-being. From competitive salaries and performance-based incentives to special allowances and retirement benefits, DepEd ensures that its teachers are well-supported and recognized for their invaluable contributions to education and society.
Despite these benefits, it did not appear that the teacher’s well-being was prioritized. These are health benefits that are often overlooked. Indeed, even if it is a cliche, “health is wealth.” Teachers’ health must come first.
Comprehensive health insurance is one of the primary health benefits available to DepEd teachers. Teachers will be able to receive basic medical treatment without having to worry about high-cost bills, which is very appreciated in this context, which includes hospital stays, surgical procedures, and medical consultations. The primary providers of this insurance are PhilHealth and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which provide a wide range of services to cover both normal and emergency medical needs.
Teachers must have annual checkups as part of DepEd’s commitment to proactively screen and maintain their health. Teachers are maintained fit to carry out their demanding duties using these check-ups, which aid in the early detection and prevention of potential health problems. Frequent health checkups are essential for detecting chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions that can limit a teacher’s productivity.
Given the pressures and stressors of teaching, there is growing concern about the mental health of teachers. In acknowledging this, DepEd has included mental health services in its health benefits package. Counseling services, stress management classes, and mental health seminars are available to help teachers cope with stress, anxiety, and other mental health difficulties. These activities are essential for maintaining teachers’ mental health and creating a safe working environment.
Teachers also require time off to relax and rejuvenate, and DepEd extends their leave benefits. DepEd gives a variety of leave options. These include specific leave privileges, maternity, and sick leave. Teachers can take the time they need to recover from sickness without fear of losing their employment because of sick leave. Maternity leave improves the overall well-being of new mothers and their families by providing adequate time to care for their infants.
DepEd provides its teachers with health benefits that address physical, mental, and emotional well-being, demonstrating a comprehensive commitment to overall health. DepEd is committed to supporting its teachers by providing comprehensive health insurance, regular medical checks, mental health support, and leave benefits.
Finally, these initiatives benefit students and the greater educational system by boosting teachers’ quality of life and increasing their effectiveness and motivation. It is time to recognize the critical role that teachers play and ensure that their health and well-being receive the attention they deserve.

Cherrie A. Bantay | Teacher III | Bataan National High School
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