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Saturday, May 20, 2017

DepEd Eyes Raising Teachers’ Monthly Pay To P39,000

They said teaching is a noble profession. Our teachers contributed a lot in molding us for what we are now. Even Kings and Presidents are the product of teaching. This is why teachers deserve a good pay especially public school teachers that keeps nurturing thousands of students beyond their limits, sacrificing so much time, effort and sometimes, family for their job.  With this, the Department of Education (DepEd) is optimistic about the possibilities of increasing the salary of public school teachers to P39,000 a month before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte's six-year term in 2022.  DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the proposed hike is in the hands and under review of financial managers to ensure that it would not create a huge gap between wages of other workers in the government.



(DepEd, tiniyak ang pagbibigay ng dagdag-sahod sa mga guro)

They said teaching is a noble profession. Our teachers contributed a lot in molding us for what we are now. Even Kings and Presidents are the product of teaching. This is why teachers deserve a good pay especially public school teachers that keeps nurturing thousands of students beyond their limits, sacrificing so much time, effort and sometimes, family for their job.

With this, the Department of Education (DepEd) is optimistic about the possibilities of increasing the salary of public school teachers to P39,000 a month before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte's six-year term in 2022.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the proposed hike is in the hands and under review of financial managers to ensure that it would not create a huge gap between wages of other workers in the government.

(Gordon suportado ang P39,000 na monthly pay ng mga guro)



“My impression during Cabinet meetings is that the President wants to keep his (election) promise...our budget right now is one-third of the entire national budget. And we will be adding 200 billion minimum to be able to fulfill that promise. So, perhaps to fulfill that promise, without creating an even wider gap with the policemen, nurses, clerks, janitors, drivers and so on, this has to be carefully planned in terms of the financial requirements,” Briones said

“I’m not saying that they should not be done. I’m just saying what the magnitudes are because we are asked to make a very quick computation,” she added.

Currently, the starting salary of a public school teacher is P19,000 per month but with benefits and allowances included, this may sum up to P23,000.

(Hiling na umento sa sahod ng mga guro, tinatalakay)



DepEd Chief added that although he is positive in the idea of giving an increase, she pointed out that this may not be given one time.

If approved, the said increase will also depend on the teaching field like Science and Math teachers, also their rankings may be considered.


“So those are the things that are considered by the policy makers. And my impression is that the President will fulfill that promise but not in one fell swoop because you cannot contemplate the inflationary impact,” Briones concluded.

Briones added that teachers in private schools need to be considered too in giving out the increase because of the possibilities of the exodus to public teaching sector.

“There are an increasing number of private schools which are now closing because they cannot retain their teachers who are migrating to the public sector. So even as you take care of the public school teachers, as is currently demanded, you have to look also at the situation of the private school teachers, particularly that teaching kindergarten and the volunteers,” Briones explained.





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