Salary hike for teachers is best ‘thank you’ gift –solon

ON WORLD Teachers’ Day, ACT Teachers Party-List Antonio Tinio urged President Aquino to fast-track the approval of House Bill 2142 or the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act and similar bills long pending in the two chambers of Congress.  HB 2142 proposes to increase teachers’ minimum salaries from Salary Grade 11 to SG 15 (P18,549 a month to P24,887, an increase of P6,338).

“Upgrading teachers’ salaries is probably the best ‘thank you’ gift PNoy can give to teachers,” Tinio said.

The progressive congressman explained the relevance of World Teachers’ Day: “October 5 marks the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, the international frame of reference for standards on the rights and welfare of teachers, chief of which are adequate remuneration and living wage.”

“Since its filing in 2010, salary upgrading of public school teachers have gained wide and insistent support in Congress,” Tinio said.  “HB 2142 has more than 180 coauthors, and some Representatives and Senators have even filed their own versions.”

“The only stumbling blocks to its passage into law are the budget department and the President,” Tinio stressed.  “Proof of this hindrance is his refusal to line up the issue as among his legislative priorities and his failure to set aside funds for salary increases for teachers and other state workers in his proposed 2013 budget.”

In previous statements, Tinio scored PNoy salary hike freeze despite official findings from the National Economic and Development Authority saying that salary increases boost the national economy.

Tinio insisted that President Aquino should ensure that teachers’ pay compares favorably with those of other professionals and can afford them a decent life for themselves and their families.  “He can do so by making salary upgrading of teachers his priority, by certifying its immediate enactment, among others.”

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