President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assured public school teachers that their salaries will soon be doubled just like with the soldiers and policemen despite the insufficient budget.
“For the teachers, just wait for a little because we don’t have the budget yet. But your salaries will be doubled just like with the police. My mother was a teacher too,” Duterte said in Bisaya dialect on Sunday, during a campaign rally in Cebu.
On January, Duterte hinted on raising the salaries of public school teachers this year after approving the pay hike of soldiers and policemen. He added that he spoke with Department of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno about the funds needed for the proposed salary adjustment for public school teachers.
However, Diokno earlier said that government workers are expected to get a pay increase as part of the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law.
The salary adjustment will be applied retroactively from January 2019 once the budget bill is signed into law.