People's Journal - Teachers must get pay they deserve — Trillanes

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV has sought to increase the minimum pay of public school teachers from P18,549 a month to P36,567 — equivalent to nine salary grade adjustment.

He recently filed a proposed measure raising the salary grade of public school teachers from level 11 to level 20 “in accordance with the 4th tranche of the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law scheduled this month.”

Trillanes said that the proposed salary increase would serve as “tribute” to their contribution in educating the youth. He said that public teachers must be accorded with “decent pay commensurate to the sacrifices they make in educating the country’s youth.”

”Public school teachers are looked upon and heralded as molders of our youth and prime movers of the education system. Yet, they are among the most underpaid professionals in the country,” he said.

”Thus, it is but imperative and necessary to upgrade the salary grade of our public school teachers in recognition of the significant and very critical role they play in our society,” he added.

The proposed measure requires the Department of Education to draw up a specific programmed budget to cover the cost of upgrading the salary levels of all teacher plantilla positions over the next three years.

This will also enable the Department of Budget and Management to make the necessary adjustment to facilitate the smooth implementation of the salary hike, subject to the rules and regulations to be crafted by both the budget and education departments, Trillanes said.

- Bernadeth Tamayo