Teachers sing carol in Mendiola
Members of Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Ating Guro Partylist staged a protest at the foot of Mendiola Bridge November 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The teachers sing songs of protest to the tune of traditional Christmas carols. According to Benjo Basas, the TDC national chairperson “We can foresee a not so merry Christmas this year because the Aquino government is continuously ignoring our demand for a P10, 000 across-the-board increase in our salaries.”
Basas added that since 2010, “this government has not initiated any salary increase proposal for our teachers and the adjustments in our salaries in 2011 and 2012 were in accordance with the salary standardization law (SLL-3) enacted, ironically, during the time of former president Arroyo.”
Basas explained that the P10, 000 demand is in accordance with the recommendations of the Congress itself when a study of the joint education committee in 1991 found out that teachers’ entry level position in salary standardization law should be in salary grade 17 and not salary grade 10. Salary grade 17 has a current equivalent of P29, 000.
Jason Rivera, an elementary school teacher from Manila and the chairman of the TDC’s local chapter will play the guitars and lead the caroling tonight.
“Instead of Merry Christmas, it seems that this holiday season would be a Very Crisis-mas. Until now, our performance-based bonus (PBB) which supposed to reward our good job in year 2013 has not been released.” Rivera said.
Teachers will expect for an aginaldo from President Aquino and Secretary Abad and while they recognize that the chance for salary increase for 2015 is very slim, they still wait until the budget is finally signed.
“The government still has the chance. If Pres. Aquino and Secretary Abad really care for the people, then a sincere caring for the future of education is necessary.” Basas ended. #
Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson, 0920-5740241
Jason Rivera, TDC Manila Chairman, 0925-8325727
November 12, 2014
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