MAY 1, 2019 – Lawmakers from the ACT Teachers Partylist called on President Rodrigo Duterte anew to implement substantial salary increases for public school teachers and other government workers.
In time for Labor Day, Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro told Duterte to make salary increases a “top priority.”
Tinio said there have been various bills pending in Congress for salary increase, including House Bill 7211 which seeks a P30,000 minimum pay for public school teachers, P31,000 for teaching personnel in state universities and colleges, and P16,000 minimum pay in government.
“In President Duterte’s Labor Day speech, we do not want yet another promise of a salary increase. Our teachers, education support personnel, and the rest of the workers and employees in the civil service demand his genuine commitment for substantial salary increases,” Tinio said.
The lawmaker further took note that Duterte was able to “fast-track” the doubling of the police and soldiers’ wages.
“If he could do it with these measures which benefited only a few of his chosen ones and even spelled greater poverty for the people, then with all the more reason that he should do it for salary increases, to give immediate economic relief to majority of Filipinos,” Tinio added.
For her part, Castro criticized the Duterte administration’s lack of priority for pay hikes as huge barrier to decent salaries.
“Gaya ng araw-araw na paghahanap ng teachers ng bawat piso na ipandadagdag sa sweldo nila, araw-araw rin nilang hinahanap ang katuparan ng mga pangako ng pangulo. Naka-ilang beses na, simula nang nangangampanya siya noong 2016 hanggang sa ngayong nangangampanya siya para sa mga kandidato niya,” Castro said.
Duterte promised on January 10 that teachers are the next to receive salary increases after police and soldiers. He also expressed openness to consult with the sector regarding the matter.