Another solon seeks upgrading of minimum salary grade of public school teachers

ANOTHER lawmaker has proposed a bill seeking to upgrade the minimum salary grade of public school teachers.

Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro), through House Bill 6090, proposed the  upgrading of the minimum salary grade of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15, stressing that the
State is constitutionally and socially obliged to ensure the economic well-being of public school teachers.

“Our explanation that they are victims of their own numbers has been an adage that should have wind out by the passage of time,” said Umali, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments.

It is unfortunate, Umali noted, that while school teachers are the active partners of the State in ensuring quality education for children, most of them are in the borderline of the poverty threshold.

“While the Department of Education continuously receives the largest share in the national budget of the country, and that we often proclaim and acknowledge the sacrifices of our teachers, as well as their contribution to national development, the minimum salary of our public school teachers remains incomparable with the salary of other professions,” he said.

Article II Section 10 of the Constitution is very explicit in providing that the State shall promote social justice in all phases of national development according to him.

House Bill 6090 or the proposed “Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act” reiterates the Policy of the State “to ensure that education receives the highest priority in governance, and that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job
satisfaction and fulfillment.”

It provides that the present minimum salary grade level of public school teachers in the elementary and secondary schools shall be upgraded from Salary Grade 11 to 15. Salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly based on the bill.

The measure shall cover all public school teachers in the elementary and secondary levels, whether nationally or locally funded, including those in technical and vocational schools and state universities and
colleges. It also provides that the salary increase of public school teachers shall take priority over non-educational and non-agricultural budgetary allocations.

The bill did not specifically mention the compensation equivalent to Salary Grades 11 and 15 but according to previous reports, Salary  Grade 11 amounts to a monthly compensation of about P15,649 while Salary Grade 15 amounts to P24,887.

Another lawmaker has proposed a bill seeking to upgrade the minimum salary grade of public school teachers.

Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro), through House Bill 6090, proposed the  upgrading of the minimum salary grade of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15, stressing that the
State is constitutionally and socially obliged to ensure the economic well-being of public school teachers.

“Our explanation that they are victims of their own numbers has been an adage that should have wind out by the passage of time,” said Umali, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments.

It is unfortunate, Umali noted, that while school teachers are the active partners of the State in ensuring quality education for children, most of them are in the borderline of the poverty threshold.

“While the Department of Education continuously receives the largest share in the national budget of the country, and that we often proclaim and acknowledge the sacrifices of our teachers, as well as their contribution to national development, the minimum salary of our public school teachers remains incomparable with the salary of other professions,” he said.

Article II Section 10 of the Constitution is very explicit in providing that the State shall promote social justice in all phases of national development according to him.

House Bill 6090 or the proposed “Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act” reiterates the Policy of the State “to ensure that education receives the highest priority in governance, and that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job
satisfaction and fulfillment.”

It provides that the present minimum salary grade level of public school teachers in the elementary and secondary schools shall be upgraded from Salary Grade 11 to 15. Salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly based on the bill.

The measure shall cover all public school teachers in the elementary and secondary levels, whether nationally or locally funded, including those in technical and vocational schools and state universities and
colleges. It also provides that the salary increase of public school teachers shall take priority over non-educational and non-agricultural budgetary allocations.

The bill did not specifically mention the compensation equivalent to Salary Grades 11 and 15 but according to previous reports, Salary  Grade 11 amounts to a monthly compensation of about P15,649 while Salary Grade 15 amounts to P24,887.

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