MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda on Friday, August 15, joined at least 3 other lawmakers pushing for the salary increase of public school teachers in the Philippines.
With Legarda's Senate Bill 2351, teachers can get a minimum pay as high as P25,000 ($573)* – a significant increase from the current P18,549 ($425).
But this bill is not the first of its kind.
In the bill’s explanatory note, he said said Philippine Military Academy cadets and call center agents get higher monthly salaries than a public school teacher:
During the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the minimum salary of public school teachers saw gradual increases over a 4-year period by virtue of Executive Order no. 811:
Once Tinio’s bill is enacted, the minimum pay of non-teaching personnel will also be raised from P9,000 ($206) to P15,000 ($343) a month. Salaries for higher positions will also be adjusted accordingly.
Because of the “unattractive salary levels,” public schools have failed to attract the best and brightest graduates from top colleges and universities, Angara said. The increase, he said, can help teachers strive for excellence, resulting to better quality of education in the country. (WATCH: DepEd aiming to hire and keep best and brightest teachers)
Below is a checklist of what public school teachers are getting, according to the education department.
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