Teach­ers’ pay hike plan wel­comed

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MANILA - ACT Teach­ers Rep. An­to­nio Tinio on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, wel­comed Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s plan to in­crease the salaries of pub­lic school teach­ers.

This, after the Pres­i­dent signed into law the bill dou­bling the monthly base pay of all mil­i­tary, po­lice and uni­formed per­son­nel.

“As long-time ad­vo­cates for de­cent pay, we wel­come the state­ment com­ing from the Palace that Pres­i­dent Duterte wants to in­crease the salaries of pub­lic school teach­ers,” Tinio said.

“His ad­min­is­tra­tion has al­ready set the bench­mark by dou­bling the ba­sic pay of uni­formed per­son­nel start­ing this year. Our teach­ers de­serve noth­ing less. We ea­gerly await the for­mal pro­posal from the DBM (Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment),” he added.

Tinio said the monthly in­come of teach­ers should not be less than P16,000.

ACT Teach­ers Rep. France Cas­tro, for her part, pressed Mala­cañang to an­nounce the amount

of in­crease and timetable for its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“It is only just that the ad­min­is­tra­tion im­me­di­ately grant the well-de­served sub­stan­tial salary in­crease for pub­lic school teach­ers and to set the min­i­mum wage for gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees at P16,000,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr., the Pres­i­dent has al­ready di­rected the Bud­get depart­ment to find ways and means to in­crease the teach­ers’ pay.

The pro­posal will be in­cluded in the sec­ond tax re­form pack­age to be de­lib­er­ated by Congress as stated by Roque.

Tinio has called the Pres­i­dent’s pro­nounce­ment as “sig­nif­i­cant” as it coun­ters the state­ments of Bud­get Sec­re­tary Ben­jamin Dio­kno and Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones.

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