Upgrading Public School Teachers’ Salary pushed in Congress
Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Rep. Lordan Suan filed a measure upgrading the salary of public school teachers in Basic Education to salary grade 15 and teaching personnel in higher education to salary grade 17.
House Bill 6363 filed by Suan seeks to increase the minimum salary of public non-teaching personnel to P17,000.
“Education in the Philippines heavily relies on the public education system which absorbs 80 percent of the student population. Its success and failure depend on our fidelity to the mandate of the constitution and our hawk-eyed attention to the many factors affecting this sector,” Suan said in the explanatory note.
Suan said one of the problems besetting the country’s public education system is the salary of teachers.
“It must be emphasized that the salary increase we give to our teachers and to the labor sector, in general, had become ineffective due to inflation,” he added.
He said teachers deserve to be justly paid as they go beyond articulating lessons and delivering lectures.
“We must invest in the future of our children. We must invest in the future of our country. This is the kind of investment we cannot afford to forego. This is the investment with high-yield result,” he said