Lawmaker calls for increase in teachers pay

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

RETURNING Cebu City Representative Raul del Mar called on Thursday for an increase in the minimum monthly salary of public school teachers.

In House Bill 365, Del Mar wants to upgrade the salary grade 11 of public schools teachers in the elementary and secondary levels to salary grade 20 with a monthly pay of P36,567.

Under the government salary standardization scheme, teachers with minimum salary grade 11 are receiving a monthly basic pay of P18,549.

“Public school teachers are among the underpaid workers in our society, despite the fact that they are heralded as molders of our children’s future,” Del Mar said.

Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. also proposed the same in the Senate, but under his proposal, those with present salary grade 11 will be upgraded to salary grade 15 with a corresponding amount of P24,887.

Under Del Mar’s proposal, the teacher’s salary shall be differentiated in accordance with the qualifications and length of service rendered by teachers and shall not be prejudiced by across the board adjustments.

Del Mar cited Article XIV of the Constitution, which provides that the State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through the adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.

“The teachers are the government’s partner in its mission to provide quality education that is equitably accessible to all, hence, the state needs to give priority to their interest and welfare” Del Mar said.

“To give meaning to the spirit and intent of the constitutional provisions, there is now an indispensable need to upgrade the salary grade of our public school teachers,” the lawmaker said.

The bill mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to come up with a specific programmed budget needed to cover the expenses for the upgrading in salary levels for all the corresponding teacher plantilla positions. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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