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