Teachers assured of P5T take-home pay

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Monday, February 6, 2012


THE Department of Education (DepEd) will no longer allow salary deductions that will reduce the net take home pay of its employees to an amount lower than P5,000.

This move is in compliance with Republic Act 10155, or the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, in a recent memorandum, said only deductions from newly-granted loans will be covered by the new net take home pay threshold.

“It is recognized that existing deductions before the issuance of this order may have already reduced the net take home pay of borrowing employees below P5,000, since the previous threshold before the effectivity of the 2012 GAA was only P3,000,” read the memorandum.

Luistro said “discontinuing or reducing existing deductions would be very disruptive as it would require significant changes in the payroll system.”

Under the 2012 GAA, salary deductions that should be prioritized are employees’ payment to the bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Philippine Health Corp. (PhilHealth), Government Social Insurance System (GSIS) and the Home Mutual Development Fund (HMDF).

Teachers have been calling for the passage of House Bill (HB) 2142, or the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Bill.

Authored by Alliance of Concerned Teachers (Act) Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio, the bill seeks to increase the teachers’ entry-level salary from salary grade 12 or P17,000 to salary grade 15 or P24,800.

As part of their campaign, Act-Cebu Chapter has been organizing a fun run at Fuente Osmeña every Sunday.

The party-list believes that if HB 2142 will not become a law this year, teachers will have to wait two or more years to get a salary increase.

This July, teachers will receive the final tranche of the salary increase under the Salary Standardization Law III. The law grants government workers a salary increase of P6,500, given in four tranches, starting in 2009.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 06, 2012.

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