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House tackles public school teachers’, non-teach staff salary hike this August

ACTAlliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio said Tuesday morning that the House of Representatives (HoR) is set to tackle a budget proposal for the salary increase of the public elementary and secondary school teachers and non-teaching personnel this August.

Tinio said, in a live interview with DZRH News via Neil Ocampo’s “Arangkada Balita,” that the budget proposal is contained in House Bill (HB) 245 which he filed in July 2013.

HB 245 calls for at least P25,000 and P15,000 monthly salaries for public school teachers and non-teaching personnel, respectively.

Public school teachers currently receive a minimum salary of P18,549 monthly (SG 11), while non-teaching personnel receive P9,000 (SG 1).

“Congress can approve the proposed salary increase bill this budget season which is meant for public school teachers and government employees as well. The deliberation begins after President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA),” Tinio said.

Tinio is also co-author to Anakpawis Party-List’s HB 3015, which calls for a P6,000 hike in the minimum pay of public sector workers.

Meanwhile, DZRH news learned many public school teachers have earned the monicker “T3” or “T5” club members and regular travelers to ‘London.’

“T3” means teachers holding the position of Teacher 1 whose take home pay is only P3,000 out of their P18,549 monthly salary. Those who are Teacher 2 to 3 as well as Master Teachers 1 and 2 have take home pay of P5,000 out of their P25,000 to P28,000 monthly salaries.

A Teacher 1 from a Quezon City, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said he has take a part time job such as tutorials, editorial jobs or online odd jobs to make both ends meet even if he’s still single at 50.

“London” is the public school teachers’ glamorized term for “Loan-dito, Loan-doon” (loan here and there).

The same teacher from Quezon City said he was forced to get one loan after another to support his mother’s hospitalization, masteral tuition and car loan.

“My starting salary of P18,549 is not enough to pay for my mother’s medical needs, my masteral tuition at a state university and car loan payment. I’m almost six months behind in paying my car,” he said. (Joel C. Atencio)

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