JUNE 20,2019 — The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list demanded on Thursday a raise in teachers salaries for them to equal those received by the military and the police.
The group disagreed with President Rodrigo Duterte that the country’s armed personnel deserve higher salaries more urgently.
Compared to the conditions of public school teachers, ACT Representative Antonio Tinio said the military and the police have been enjoying bigger pensions, which also increase along with their salaries.
The group also found it wrong to compare the salaries of public school teachers to those in the private sector. Tinio said the problem plaguing private school teachers is illegal contractualization.
“We totally reject this argument benchmarking the salaries of public teachers to private school teachers. Ang kalakaran ng private schools ay wala sa batas; pinagbabatayan nila up to 3 years na contractual kaya minimum wage ang binibigay sa kanila,” he said.
Under Executive Order 201,Tinio said the president must now hasten the implementation of the salary hike among public school teachers.
Education Secretary Briones , however, had warned that other government projects might be compromised as the proposed additional salary worth P10,000 would need P150 billion more from the national budget.