Palawan’s public school teachers are appealing to the Duterte administration to grant their request for a round of salary increase, not necessarily by 100 percent as had been promised to them.
Department of Education (DepEd)-Palawan Assistant Division Superintendent Rose Vicente said the increase will be additional motivation for the teachers to achieve quality education for their learners.
“Hindi naman hinihingi ng teachers na mag-100% raise sila ng suweldo katulad ng ibinigay nila sa military, kasi naintindihan rin natin ang hirap ng trabaho nila. At least mabigyan man lang ng taas ng suweldo para ang performance naman nila lalong ganahan,” she expressed Thursday during a PIA-hosted Kapihan.
She said all public school teachers in the province are praying that the national government would work out something to come up with a rate increase since there will be “no soldiers, no engineers, or doctors,” if they are not there.
“Panawagan din, sana i-workout din ng national government na madagdagan naman ang suweldo ng mga teachers bagama’t during the time of president [Benigno] Aquino, tinatanggap na namin ang third tranche ng salary standardization,” she said.
Vicente said they are hoping that President Duterte would stand to fulfill what he stated as it is very important to teachers.
“Bawiin na lang niya ang sinabi niya na 100% tutal talagang hindi naman kaya ng gobyerno. Kahit 50% na lang muna,” she said.
She said that the position of Teacher I receives P19,620 a month, while the Master Teacher IV gets P47,779 under salary grades 11 and 21, respectively.
Earlier this month, President Duterte has instructed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to look for ways to scale up the salaries of teachers as Malacañang prepares to forward its second tax reform package to Congress.