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Teachers hold Zumba protest over low salary

Teachers hold Zumba protest over low salary

Public school teachers held a Zumba workout in Manila on Sunday morning for their continued fight for wage hikes and other benefits.

“This is our contribution to the collective call to uplift the conditions of our teachers through upgrading our entry-level salaries to Salary Grade 15 or about P35,000 a month,” said Louie Zabala, president of the Manila Public School Teachers Association (MPSTA).

“We also need to promote a healthy body because, in the aspect of health, the government left us behind,” Zabala added.

The Zumba workout was held on the grounds of the Department of Education Manila Division Office.

“We are loaded with too much work but we can’t feel the support of the department to the teachers who are already getting sick because of excessive workload,” Zabala said.

Under the last tranche of monthly pay increases to be implemented under the law, the minimum salary for a Teacher I next year will be P27,000.

“While DepEd denies our demand for salary upgrading, its promise of easing our workload is all talk,” Zabala said.

“One month into the school year and our conditions have only worsened … we cannot feel the so-called gratitude and value with our situation like this,” Zabala added.