A group of public elementary and secondary school teachers on Monday asked officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (ChEd) to assure them for the Congressional approval of salary increase for 2016.
This was aired by Benjo Basas, chairman of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), in an interview with DZRH News through Neil Ocampo’s “Arangkada Balita.”
On the occasion of World Teachers Day, Basas said they are looking forward for a salary increase of at least P 10,000 to P 25,000. “Hihingi tayo ng katiyakan mula sa gobyerno kung magkakaroon ng umento sa sahod para sa mga guro ngayong taon (we will ask assurance from the government through DepEd and ChEd for the much needed salary increase),” he told DZRH News.
Presently, a Teacher 1 gets P 18,549 monthly plus P 2,000 Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) but when he or she avails of salary loans, the mentor gets a take home pay of P 3,108.
“It is but legal to give the highest budget priority to the Department of Education because it is mandated by our constitution,” said Basas, a Caloocan City teacher.
“The constitution says that the state shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and it clearly states that this particular provision is for us, teachers. The law mandates the government to ensure that ‘teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.” Basas added quoting a provision of the 1987 constitution.
The proposed salary increase for teachers bolstered after President Benigno Aquino III approved the P 3.002-trillion proposed national budget for 2016, the biggest chunk of which is for the Department of Education (DepEd).
At 9:00 A.M. today, Monday, Basas said the TDC will have a dialogue with Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officials on salary increase updates and other benefits.
The TDC claims public school teachers salaries are still low prompting some of them to get part time jobs.
Most of the public school teachers have outstanding salary loands from City Savings Bank, PR Bank, Manila Teachers Loan and Savings Association (MTSLA) and other financing institutions.
A few public school teachers pawn their automated teller machine (ATM) cards to independent loan persons. (Joel C. Atencio)