[Statement] On President Duterte’s announcement of salary increase for teachers -TDC

On President Duterte’s announcement of salary increase for teachers

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). Photo by Arnel Tuazon

During the preparations for election 2016, Prseident Duterte’s camp promise the P10, 000 increase in salaries of teachers thru the enactment of a bill in the Senate authored by his vice presidential candidate, former Senator Allan Peter Cayetano. Last Saturday in Davao, the president again assured that he will hike the pay for public mentors. TDC has this to say:

“The statement from President Duterte himself is almost an assurance that sooner, teachers’ salaries will be augmented. However, we do not know yet how it will be given and how much the amount would be. We patiently waited for this promise since he took the presidency two years ago, while obviously, our brothers and sisters in the uniformed service were given priority. For the longest time, our calls for a just compensation and treatment commensurate to our role in society have been neglected by the previous administrations, we hope that this time, things would really change. We are open to discussions if the president finds it necessary.”
-Benjo Basas, TDC Chairperson



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