Legarda wants to increase salaries of teachers, law enforcers

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm 

MABITAC, Laguna, Jan. 6 -– Senator Loren Legarda promised on Wednesday to file bill which aims to increase the salaries of public school teachers, policemen and soldiers.

Legarda made the statement as she denied the chain text messages claiming that the lady lawmaker would file bill to remove the salaries of the teachers and law enforcers.

”Nobody in his or her frame of mind would do that,” Legarda said, referring to the same text messages which her opponents used to discredit her political campaign during the 2004 elections when she ran as running mate of Fernando Poe Jr.

Instead, Legarda said she would be filing measure to increase the salaries of the teachers, policemen and soldiers.

The announcement of Legarda drew applause from local policemen and teachers present during the traditional throwing of coins (locally called Pasabog) that highlighted the town’s “Three Kings Day” celebration.

Legarda was joined by congressman Edgar San Luis, Mabicat Mayor Gerardo Fader and Vice Mayor Jacqueline Rose Carpio in the traditional throwing of coins to the delight of over 5,000 local residents.

In her message, Legarda also said she would file a bill increasing the discount privilege for the senior citizens even as she emphasized the need for them to under training through Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

”We should allow our senior citizens to use their remaining strength despite their age by providing job after training,” Legarda told the audience.

Legarda, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, is running for vice president as guest candidate of the Nacionalista Party, in tandem with NP standard-bearer candidate Senator Manny Villar.

San Luis and Fader thanked Legarda for gracing the occasion attended also by different officials from other towns of the Laguna province. (PNA) LOR/jfm

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