OCTOBER 8, 2019 — Senator Winston Gatchalian on Tuesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the bills pushing for the salary hike of public school teachers.
The proposal would benefit about 900,000 public school teachers who have been calling for a pay hike after the president doubled the salaries of soldiers and policemen.
Senate Bill No. 178 aims to increase the salary grade of public educators, while Senate Bill No. 302 proposes a P10,000 monthly increase in their salary.
“I would like to ask the President to certify these measures as urgent so that our teachers may get the adequate renumeration they deserve,” Gatchalin said in a statement. He also praised Duterte for promising that an increase in teachers’ income “would soon come.”
“Hindi double. Pero nandiyan po, dadating ‘yan this year,” the president told reporters last Sunday after arriving in Davao City from his five-day visit in Russia.
Duterte, however, did not specify a timeline for the salary hike.
Gatchalian said that aside from an across-the-board increase in income, he is also batting for a raise in the starting pay of educators.
“We would like to upgrade the starting pay of teachers to bridge the increasing gap between the salaries of entry level teachers positions and that of higher positions,” his statement read.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto earlier appealed to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to hasten its decision on the request of the Department of Education to create new public school teacher positions.
“The last I heard is that the good Secretary Liling (Briones) has officially requested the DBM to approve the creation of Teacher IV to VII positions. If this is true, then DBM, please expedite,” Recto said in an October 5 statement.
Recto pointed out the pay gap between public school teachers with the rank of Teacher III and Master Teacher I. The former has a salary grade 13, with an income of P25,232, while the latter has a salary grade 18, with an income of P40,637.
With the approval of the creation of Teacher IV-VII positions, Recto proposed that they be given the following salary scheme: Teacher IV with an income of P27,755; Teacher V, P30,531; Teacher VI, P33,584; and Teacher VII, P36,942. (Ralph Hernandez/JMF)