The Philippine public school teachers are all excited to receive an almost 100% hike from their present salary when a salary increase measure will be enacted into law and implemented.
A gross salary of P35,567 will be received by the teachers in lieu of their present salary of P18,549, that is, from salary grade of 11 to salary grade of 20.
Senator Trillanes qualified that this is in line with the 4th tranche of the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
DepEd and ACT Supporting the Bill
The Department of Education through Director Cristina Ganzon of Communications welcomed this bill for they are "supportive of any proposal that will improve" the teachers' standard of living. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also appreciated this proposal.
Trillanes enumerated his reasons why he wants that this bill be approved:
- To pay tribute to teachers' important contribution to the youth's education
- To provide a decent pay to the sacrifices that the teachers done in educating the youth
- To alleviate teachers' economic status for they are the most underpaid professionals
- To recognize the significant and very crucial role of teachers in the society.
To realize this upgrading of teachers' salary as required by the bill, the DepEd will have to prepare a specific programmed budget for the period of three years.
An estimated of over P18 billion a month or P219 billion a year will be allocated by the government for the salaries of these public school teachers.
This bill is a blessing to all public school teachers when it becomes a law and fully implemented.
Benjie Valbuena, ACT vice president and concurrent Manila Public School Teachers Association (MPSTA) president said in a news that the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) would be sensitive and decisive when regards to this part 3 of Salary Standardization Law for the teachers.
Point To Ponder
Now the point is: Why is it not proposed long before? It is just now, wherein election period is expected for the next year2013.