A group of teachers praised several legislators for continuing to push for a P9,000 or (US$185.99) salary increase for public school teachers.
Antonio Tinio, national chairman of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) commended lawmakers Luz Ilagan, Liza Maza, Teofisto Guingona III, and Rufus Rodriguez for their ‘determined efforts’ in pushing for a substantial salary increase for teachers during yesterday’s hearing of the Committee on Appropriations.
At yesterday’s hearing, Committee chairman Rep. Junie Cua presented an amended version of House Joint Resolution No. 24, a proposal that will revise the current Salary Standardization Law (SSL) and provide pay hikes for all government employees, including the military.
Amendments include raising salaries of the lowest-paid government employees from P6,149 ($127.07) to P9,000 ($185.99) and upgrading teachers’ and nurses’ from Salary Grade 10 to salary grade 11, thereby raising their salaries from P12,026 ($248.53) to P18,549 ($383.33). However, these increases will be implemented over a four-year period starting July 1, 2009.
Tinio said that the proposed P6,523 ($134.80) increase for public school teachers over a four-year period will mean a mere P1,630.75 ($33.70) monthly increase per year. “After additional taxes and deductions, such an increase will hardly be felt by our teachers. We propose that the full amount be given over a three-year period,” said Tinio.
During the hearing, Tinio proposed to the Committee that public school teachers be upgraded to Salary Grade 13, which would bring their monthly salaries to P21,436 ($442.99) which, he said, is equivalent to their ‘long-standing’ demand for a P9,000 increase.
Representatives Ilagan and Maza supported ACT’s call to upgrade teachers to Salary Grade 13. Guingona also supported the upgrading call.
“Teachers should be upgraded to Salary Grade 13, policemen should have the same salary grade as teachers. Nurses should be upgraded to Salary Grade 15, because that’s the law,” said Rodriguez. (Bulatlat.com)