Increased pay for public school teachers sought

A LAWMAKER from Central Luzon is pushing for an increase in the salaries of public school teachers.

Rep. Carmelo Lazatin of the 1st District of Pampanga introduced House Bill 1433 to encourage all government teachers to stay in the country and continue to contribute in molding the nation’s future responsible citizens, professionals and leaders.

“The meager income of public school teachers is not commensurate to their hard work and commitment to public service.  This bill is primarily envisioned to recognize their important role as molders of the society by uplifting their living condition and promoting their welfare and interest,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin’s proposed measure provides that the salary of all government teachers shall not be lower than Salary Grade 22. At present the salary grade of teachers is pegged at salary grade 10.

Lazatin called for the immediate approval of his proposed measure saying a prompt action is badly needed to upgrade the salary levels of public school teachers.

“Although education has been given the highest budgetary priority in the National Government budget in recent years, public school teachers receive only less than P10,000 a month each for their basic salary,” Lazatin noted.

Lazatin added that the government needs to formulate measures to prevent public school teachers from leaving the country in exchange for rightful remuneration. Lai Mirasol

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