Teachers willing to sit in a meeting with President Duterte
“Teachers have long been victims of loan sharks and the immediate and most effective solution is to augment our salaries.” Said Benjo Basas, national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC).
Basas’ statement is in reaction to earlier pronouncement from President Duterte that he will go after those who offer loans thru ‘5-6’ scheme.
“Yang 5-6, sangla-ATM at iba pang mga iskema ay mananatili habang hindi maayos ang kalagayang ekonomiko ng ating mga guro. Even the DepEd proposal on financial literacy program would be useless if the current policy on teachers’ compensation will perpetuate.” Basas furthered.
The TDC has been pushing for the enactment of the bill that would grant P10, 000 across-the-board increase in salaries of government teachers, among other benefits. According to them, this is one of the promises of President Duterte during election time. Now on his third year in office, Duterte again assured the teachers that there would be a salary increase this year and even invited the teachers’ groups to a meeting in Malacanang.
“The President may be pertaining to the fourth and last tranche of the salary increase under an executive order during the time of President Aquino, surely, there would be an additional salary amounting to P575.00 for the entry-level position of teachers. What we need is the augmentation of our salaries beyond the salary standardization law (SLL).” Basas explained.
In January 2016, then President Noynoy Aquino signed executive order 201 which granted the Teacher I position a total increase of P2, 205 which will be given in four tranches up to this year or an annual increase of a little more than P500.
“Our teachers patiently waited for the promised increase in our salaries and benefits, while obviously, our brothers and sisters in the uniformed service were given priority by this administration.” Basas added referring to the salary increase for military and police that took effect last year.
“However, we are still optimistic that the president would deliver his promise. As we have stated before, we are more than willing to sit with him in the presence of Secretary Liling Briones to discuss this matter and other important concerns of our teachers. We do not consider our group leftist, anyway.” Basas ended.
Other pressing concerns of the teachers are their problems in the GSIS and the non-implementation of Magna Carta for Public School Teachers. The latter is the primary reason why the group staged a two-week picket in front of DepEd Central Office in Pasig last year.
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