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Group of teachers holds on to Duterte’s promise of doubling the salary

Salary Increase

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers reminds Duterte of doubling salaries promise as the food prices continue to rise.

“We were promised of doubled salaries but what we get now are doubling prices of goods and overly delayed benefits. How does the government expect our teachers to continue their duties as educators kung sila mismo ay mapuputulan na ng kuryente at kumakalam ang kanilang sikmura dahil ubos na ang kakarampot na sahod? Nasaan na ang pangako ng pangulo sa ating mga guro?” Raymond Basilio, ACT Secretary-General asked.

During the presidential campaign in 2016, Duterte has promised to double teachers’ salaries. But the government implemented the Salary Standardization Law V, which granted teachers s P1,562 increase in their monthly salaries every year from 2020 to 2022. Teacher I basic salary increased from P20,754 in 2019 to P22,316 in 2020.

“Kulang na kulang at walang saysay ang kakarampot na dagdag sweldo lalo na’t ngayon na matindi ang krisis at pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin. Hindi ito ang ipinangako ng pangulo,” Basilio said.

ACT further cited that teachers have not yet received the salary increase for this year.

“Kailangan pag-usapan na kaagad ang salary upgrading ng guro at maipasa ito bago bumaba sa puwesto si Duterte. The teachers’ clamor remain, tuparin ang pangako! Salary increase, now na!” Basilio said.

ACT asks for the upgrading of Teacher I salaries from the current salary grade 11 level to salary grade 15.

The current economic crisis is expected to worsen because of the impacts of the pandemic.

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