DESPITE DBM secretary Florencio Abad pronouncement regarding zero allocation for teachers salary increase in 2014 proposed budget, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) is pushing for its inclusion in the Department of Education (DepEd) budget.
ACT Philippines national chairperson Benjie Valbuena said that the current DepEd budget of P336.9 billion does not include salary increase for teachers. Approximately, P38 billion is needed as additional funding for DepEd annual budget to increase teachers monthly salary from P18,459 to P25,000
In reality, the actual takehome pay of teachers minus the regular deductions like GSIS, Philhealth and Pag Ibig would only be P14,000 to P15,000. According to Ibon Foundation, a family of six living in NCR needs at least P1,040 per day or P30,000 monthly to live decently.
Salary standardization III or SSL was approved during GMA’s term and it was implemented in four tranches with the last tranche given last July 2012. So far the current administration has no pronouncement nor plan to adjust the current salary of teachers and instead it has implemented the Performance Based Incentive System.
According to Valbuena,”PBB or the Performance Based Bonus has caused wide spread demoralization and division among the ranks of public school teachers, in 749 schools in NCR with a total of 53,580 teaching personnel, 1% lamang ang nakatangap ng P35,000, habang 42.25% o 23,266 teachers ang nakatangap ng P5000.”
While in other regions, tax was deducted from the PBB received by the teachers ranging from 8% to 20%.
Budget for salary increase can be sourced out from the items in the budget such as the Automatic Debt Payment, DSWD 4Ps and the P27 billion pork barrel.
ACT is calling for the abolition of pork barrel and its re-channeling to education and other social services.
“Hindi kami makakapayag na walang salary increase ang mga teachers sa panahon ng termino ni PNoy, handa kami na manawagan ng malawakang pagkilos ng mga guro at manawagan din ng mass leave kung kinakailangan,” Valbuena said.