Teachers to P-Noy, we deserve higher salaries
Public school teachers acknowledge reports of Palace’s approval of the proposed budget for 2016 which includes a salary adjustment for teachers and government employees. Malacanang said that the biggest chunk for 2016 budget goes to the education department.
“It is but legal to give the highest budget priority to the Department of Education because it is mandated by our constitution.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC). “The DepEd budget may have the biggest share of budget, but teachers will not get their fair share.” He continued.
The group again reiterated the approval of the proposed legislation that seeks to provide a P10, 000 across-the-board increase in the salaries of public school teachers and other education workers.
“The constitution says that the state shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and it clearly states that this particular provision is for us, teachers. The law mandates the government to ensure 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.” Basas added quoting a provision of the 1987 constitution.
Basas argued that while they recognize the imminent salary increase, they prefer the ‘P10, 000 across the board increase’ under the ‘Additional Support and Compensation for Teachers in Basic Education,’ several versions of which are now pending in Congress.
“It is very unfortunate that President Aquino will only initiate salary increase for teachers and state workers this late, but he could make up for those five years that he ignored our pleas by giving us what we really deserve.” Basas said.
The group is expected launch protest actions prior to the SONA to reiterate their calls for salary increase.
“We expect an announcement from the president during his last state of the nation address (SONA) on July 27th, we will be there.” Basas ended.
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-5740241
13 July 2015
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