Gabriela Women’s Party representative and educator Luzviminda C. Ilagan filed today a bill seeking to increase around 450,000 public school teachers’ salaries by P9,000.

“Our teachers need an upgrade with their salaries for them to ease the burden brought about by the current oil and food crises,” she said.

The former college professor from Davao added that the teachers’ average monthly salary of P10,933 is one of the lowest in the country and officially ranks them among the poorest in the country. This amount is also far less than the National Wages and Productivity Commission’s (NWPC) recommended Daily Family Living Wage in the National Capital Region (NCR) of P882 per day or P19,404 per month. picket

The very low average salary of teachers forced many of them 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 said.

Ilagan promised to exhaust all efforts for the House of Representatives to immediately pass the bill into law, especially after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas confirmed that the prices of oil and food products will continue to skyrocket after the inflation rate hit double digits last June.

“Teachers, as well as other employees and workers, need more than just one time subsidies to keep up with the high cost of living in the Philippines,” Ilagan said.

The P9,000 increase will be in addition to the teachers’ existing salary and benefits to be paid in three tranches. It covers teachers of all nationally and locally funded public schools and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education. Initial funding will come from the Executive branch of government and other sources determined by the Office of the President.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) joined Ilagan in the filing of the bill. The militant teachers’ organization also rallied outside the House of Representatives in Batasan Hills, Quezon City to demand urgent action on the measure.

The bill was co-authored by Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza, Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casino, and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.


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