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Teachers deserve more, pushes salary increase from SG11 to SG15 – Lawmaker

Teachers deserve more, pushes salary increase from SG11 to SG15

ACT CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap filed a bill that aims to increase the salary grade of public school teachers from Grade 11 to Salary Grade 15.

Yap said teachers are among the most overworked but underpaid workers in the country.

“Especially in the midst of the Covid19, their job has increasingly become more difficult with the sudden transition from traditional to online or blended learning methods. They continue to struggle to provide a better educational experience for their students while trying to appropriate their sparse income for their basic necessities,” Yap said in his explanatory note.

Yap said teachers’ commitment and dedication to their profession must not compromise their living conditions.

The bill mandates the national government to allocate enough fund to cover the upgrading of the salary grade.

The Department of Education shall come up with a specific programmed budget needed to cover the expenses for the upgrading in salary levels for all the corresponding teacher plantilla positions for a period of at least five years.

This would let the Department of Budget and Management to make necessary budgetary adjustments to ease the smooth salary upgrade.