DESPITE possible delay in the implementation of last and fourth tranche of salary hike for government workers, President Rodrigo Duterte renewed on Thursday, January 10, his pledge to increase the salary of teachers this year.
In a speech delivered in Bulakan, Bulacan, Duterte vowed before the teachers that he would do his best to further raise the public school teacher's pay.
The President said he already discussed with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno the possible increase in teachers' salaries.
"I was talking to Diokno at the year-end to find out how things are could be afford[ed]," Duterte said during the groundbreaking of General Gregorio del Pilar National High School in Bulakan, Bulacan.
He assured the teachers, in the presence of Education Secretary Leonor Briones, that he could craft any kind of "document" containing his promise to raise the salary of public school teachers.
Duterte, however, did not clarify whether the planned pay hike for teachers was different from the expected salary increase under the Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
He, however, hinted that there would be another increase, on top of the anticipated pay hike for government workers in 2019, as he noted that teachers would be "next in line" to the military and police personnel, who were previously granted double pay.
"Inuna ko 'yung sundalo because alam ko kung ano ang mangyari. We are able