Davao teachers welcome bill upgrading teachers salary

August 9, 2010 11:58 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 9 – Public school teachers in this city welcomed the filing of House Bill (HB) 2142 upgrading the teachers' salary.

Kahugpungan sa mga Magtutudlo og Kawani sa Edukasyon sa Mindanao-Alliance of Concerned Teachers (Kamkem-ACT) Davao chair Elenito Escalante said at present, the entry-level pay for public school teachers is at P15,649 per month. With the passage of the bill, the teacher's minimum pay would increase to P24,887 per month.

HB 2142, or the An Act Upgrading the Minimum Salary Grade of Public School Teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15, filed by the ACT Teachers Party-list on Wednesday where public school teachers in elementary and secondary schools, including those in vocational and technical schools and state universities and colleges, whether nationally or locally funded, are covered by the bill.

"We believe that the filing of this bill is a step towards achieving a decent living wage that we have been fighting for," Escalante said.

He said the low salary of teachers has made them prone to be victims of loan sharks, private lending institutions and even from borrowing heavily from government financial institutions, like the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

He said they vow to support the bill and they will gather broader support from various teachers' clubs and associations, including the supervisors and superintendents of our public schools.

"This is to encourage their active participation in the fight for the immediate passage of the bill considering its urgency and legitimacy," he added. (PNA)

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