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Lawmaker refiles bill that seeks to upgrade teachers’ salary

Lawmaker refiles bill that seeks to upgrade teachers’ salary

ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro refiled a bill that seeks to upgrade the salary of teachers.

Castro said House Bill 203 is her priority in the 19th Congress.

The bill aims to upgrade the salary grade of teacher 1 position from salary grade 11 to 15.

It also seeks to increase the basic salary of non-teaching personnel to P16,000.

“This adjustment addresses the injustice to teachers who have been left behind by other professions with similar qualifications such as nurses,” Castro said.

“Teachers will still not be better off than the police and soldiers in uniform, whose salaries the Duterte administration increased by 50% to 100%. Teachers are education frontliners who have been the backbone of the continuing education amid the 2-year blended distance learning of the Department of Education with minimal support from the government,” Castro said.

She added that the increases from SSL 5 will be consumed away by excise taxes and inflation, especially those brought by fuel price hikes.

“Napag-iwanan na ang suweldo ng ating mga guro kumpara sa mga nurse, pulis at militar pero tambak din sila ng trabaho sa loob at labas ng kanilang mga klasrum,” Castro said. 

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