Following the call of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) for a salary increase, Gabriela Women’s Party representative Luzviminda C. Ilagan urges her fellow legislators to work on giving public school teachers what is due them.

“It’s high time that we increase our teachers’ salaries. Theirs was among the lowest in the country and we must ensure their welfare in the midst of soaring prices of rice and oil,” the former college professor from Mindanao said.

ACT, a progressive, militant and nationalist organization of teachers, wants a P9000 across-the-board wage increase for all public school teachers and non-teaching personnel. Chairman Antonio L. Tinio said that the teachers’ current earnings of P10,933 monthly officially ranks them among the poor. This amount, from which after standard deductions teachers take home only P8,000, is hardly enough to pay for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. According to the National Wages and Productivity Commission, a family of six in the National Capital Region (NCR) needs P871 per day or P26,130 per month, more than twice the public school teachers’ salary.

The ongoing rice crisis makes the matters worse for the poor public school teachers. The prices of the staple food of the Filipinos have increased from P25-P30 to P35-P45 in Metro Manila following the rice shortage. It now accounts for 60 percent of a family’s expenditure.

To meet their daily food needs, many teachers were forced to work in educational institutions abroad. Some teachers and education graduates even chose to become domestic helpers or caregivers in other countries because these jobs offer salaries higher than what they will receive as teachers in the Philippines.

Ilagan pointed out that the mass migration of teachers to other countries compromises the quality of education in the Philippines.

“We are losing our best teachers to educational institutions abroad because of the much better compensation they offer,” Ilagan said.



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  1. gabby

    “Brain Drain” a very tragic phenomenon affecting the Philippine’s educational system…
    I am currently enrolled in a MA Special Education program and it excites me to hear wonders and dreams of my classmates teaching the Special children… Humbling experience isn’t it? very inspiring to know that we are ready to give a hand to the increasing number of special kids…
    But the SAD reality is that, it’s not for local consumption, but for “greener pasture”…
    For a thousand bucks from afar to a several coins at home!
    I am not one of them, but i can’t promise to hold on to this vision, with the very devastating condition of our Educational system…
    I wanted to stay, but my family has to survive…
    The country needs GREAT MINDS to build a GREAT NATION! And we need GREAT TEACHERS to do that!We need TEACHERS to shape the mind, the youth and the nation!
    To whom it may concern:
    Think About it, before it’s too late!!!

  2. joselito hampas lupa

    hindi tayo mahalaga bilang guro sa sistemang ito.. tanggapin na natiN tuwing may eleksyon lang tayo kailangan ng mga ganid na pulitiko na yan.. PARAMDAM NATIN ANG ATING KAHALAGAHAN!!!! MAG-TURO LANG TAYO AYUN SA LAKI NG SAHOD NATIN ….. PISO PISO LANG…… WAG ISA PUSO ANG BOKASYON…. ISAMA NATIN SILA SA PAG BULOK NG SISTEMANG ITO…… Tutal ang bagong bayani ay ofw mag silayas na tayo dito!!!!!!!

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