Solon files bill seeking pay hike for teachers

Public school teachers will get as much as P6,000-increase in their monthly basic salary if a bill filed in the House of Representatives is approved into law.

House Bill No. 395 authored by Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (Lone District, Aurora) seeks to upgrade from Salary Grade 10 to 19 the minimum salary grade level of public school teachers “who are among the most underpaid workers in our society.”

“Public  school teachers receive only less than P10,000 a month  each for  their  basic salary despite  the  fact  that they are  heralded as  molders  of  our children’s future.” Angara said.

Citing a study, Angara said most of the teachers take home less than P5,000 a month because of numerous deductions from their loans and from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), withholding taxes and Philhealth.

He asked the government to prioritize the interest and welfare of the teachers who are the heart of the country’s educational system.

“The  low  salary received  by our  public  school  teachers has been a major  disincentive  to them  to improve their  skills  in teaching and  pursue  further education and  training,” Angara said.

“This  is the reason  why public  schools  have failed to  attract the best and  the brightest  students  from top colleges and universities, preventing our  public education  system from
benefiting  from  the knowledge and  expertise of  qualified teachers,” Angara added.

Angara  said  the  increase of  the salary level of the  teachers will greatly help motivate  them to strive for  excellence in their field and  attract more  qualified and  competent educators  to teach in public  schools. D’Jay Lazaro

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