Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon seeks to review the compensation package for civilian personnel in order to avoid wage distortion in the salary of other government employees.
Drilon showed support to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte for the Department of Budget and Management to find a way to increase the wages of public school teachers.
However, the senator also said that the order of the President should cover all government positions.
Drilon appealed for the House of Representatives to approve Senate Resolution 575 that tasks the DBM to re-compute and adjust the base pay of civilian personnel that have grade 11 salary or lower.
The lawmaker pointed out that there is a need to review the current pay structure in order to avoid the demoralization of civilian employees.
Other than public school teachers, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have already received additional benefits.
Meanwhile, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also welcomed the plan of Duterte to double the salary of public school teachers.
According to ACT Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio, the idea of the President is good for teachers.
However, Tinio also hopes that public school teachers will not be used in order to forward a second set of tax increases under the Tax Reformation for Acceleration and Inclusion Law.
Previously, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that Duterte plans to increase the pay for public school teachers.
The spokesperson explained that the President is looking at the second set of taxes under the TRAIN law in order to funds the additional salary for teachers.