Teachers clamor for higher salary grade

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) is pushing for a salary grade increase in Congress for public elementary school teachers.

Chairperson of ACT–Baguio City Dr. Erlinda Palaganas said ACT lawmaker Antonio Tinio authored House Bill 2142, “An Act Upgrading the Minimum Salary of Public Teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15.”

The bill is now supported by 181 lawmakers who signed as co–authors.


Palaganas said if the bill will be approved, the salary of the public teachers will increase from P17,099 a month to P24,998.

Apart from the bill filed in Congress, Senators Manuel Villar and Ramon Revilla Jr. filed counterpart bills in the Senate.

Palaganas added the proposed salary grade increase will contribute a lot to the present situation of the education system.

However, she criticized the implementation of the new K+12 education system.

“How are we going to implement the K+12 with these kinds of situations - lack of teachers, rooms, school supplies and materials, and low government subsidy for the education sector? Sana kung ano ang wala, yun ang i–prioritize muna ng government,” she said.

She said the government must first increase the salary and the subsidy for the education sector before it could implement the new curriculum.

“We call on you to mobilize and fight for salary upgrading. Upgrade teachers from salary grade 11 to 15,” said Tinio in a newsletter published on the ACT.

He said support to the bill has been growing where the two largest organizations of teachers – the Philippine Public School Teachers’ Association and the Philippine Elementary School Principals’ Association pledged their commitments to support the advocacy.

Katribu Indigenous Peoples party-list and other militant organizations joined the ACT Party list on its advocacy for teachers. (Rubyloida Bitog)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 28, 2012.

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