The Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday morning it awaits Congress for the passage of a law approving the salary wage increase of public elementary and secondary school teachers and non-teaching personnel nationwide.
“DepEd’s hands are tied because we’re still waiting for the lawmakers to pass a proposed bill for the salary increase of the teachers and other school personnel,” Education Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Lorenzo “Jess” Mateo told DZRH news via Neil Ocampo’s “Arangkada Balita.”
Mateo said the proposed bill is contained in House Bill number 245 authored by Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)-Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio. The proposed law seeks to increase the minimum monthly wage of public school teachers to 25,000 and non-teaching personnel to P15,000.
Presently, public school teachers with the rank of Teacher 1 gets P 18,549 plus P2,000 Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) or P 20,549 a month.
A non-teaching personnel in the public schools, particularly an Administrative Aide 1, gets around P 9,000 monthly.
Earlier, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the salary increase for public school teachers nationwide will push through.
Luistro said this during the Joint Grand Summit on Senior High School in Albay province last July 14 where he confirmed that the cabinet is now discussing the salary standardization of all the government employees, which include the public school teachers.
He assured that among these government workers, public school teachers will get the highest wage hike
Meanwhile, ACT is scheduled to do a “pambansang selfie (national selfie) and groupie on Friday, July 24, three days before the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III.
ACT is inviting all public school teachers to join them in their march and gather all selfies and groufies that they will proliferate in social media.
The group calls for the government’s approval of the proposed salary hike for teachers and non-teaching staff.
Another teachers’ group, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) said on its Facebook page that they are also pushing for a P 10,000 salary increase.
The last salary adjustment, which the public school teachers and personnel received was in 2011 and 2012 based on the Salary Standardization Law (SSL)-3 of the Arroyo Administration. (Joel C. Atencio)