Be patient, Palace tells teach­ers wait­ing for pay hike

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MALA­CAÑANG on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, asked pub­lic school teach­ers to be patient and as­sured them that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte re­mains com­mit­ted to ful­fill his prom­ise to raise their salaries.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the im­ple­ment­ing a P10,000 monthly salary hike is a chal­lenge be­cause the gov­ern­ment would need around P150 bil­lion.

“If you in­crease P10,000 for ev­ery teacher in this coun­try, it will cost us P150 bil­lion,” he told a press con­fer­ence held at Palace.

“That is why we ap­peal to our teach­ers that since this is a huge amount, me­dyo haba­habaan niyo muna ang pasen­sya, ta­la­gang magha­hanap tayo ng pera para sa inyo (please have pa­tience be­cause we will re­ally find a way to fund the pro­posed pay hike),” he added.

The monthly pay of en­try-level teach­ers has so far been raised to P20,754, fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the fourth and last tranche of wage in­crease for gov­ern­ment work­ers this year un­der the Salary Stan­dard­iza­tion Law.

Teach­ers’ groups started the school year 2019-2020 by re­new­ing their call for Duterte to ful­fill his prom­ise to grant them a salary in­crease.

The Teach­ers Dig­nity coali­tion has been press­ing Duterte to ap­prove the P10,000 across-the-board in­crease in gov­ern­ment teach­ers’ salaries.

In Jan­uary, the Pres­i­dent as­sured that the salary in­crease would take ef­fect this year.

Asked if the pro­posed P10,000-pay hike for ev­ery teacher is pos­si­ble, Panelo said: “We’re do­ing some­thing about that.”

“Well, the Pres­i­dent has com­mit­ted him­self and he has not re­neged on any com­mit­ment he has made dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. But what is I think cer­tain is that the Pres­i­dent re­ally wants to in­crease the salaries of the teach­ers,” Duterte’s spokesman added./sunstar Philip­pines

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