Huge Salary hike awaits Teachers once bill is passed

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A House member has moved to significantly increase the minimum salary grade level of all public school teachers, as well as provide more retirement benefits to qualified teachers.

Rizal 2nd district Rep. Fidel Nograles filed House Bill (HB) No. 5076, which also seeks to promote a more conducive work atmosphere and better living conditions for teachers.

Nograles, a Harvard-trained lawyer, is drumming up attention to his measure as the observation of World Teachers’ Month kicks off.

“Despite the fact that they are heralded as the molders of the next generations’ future, public school teachers remain among the most underpaid workers in government,” Nograles lamented.

The neophyte congressman’s proposed measure would peg the salary of entry-level teachers from the present salary grade 11 to salary grade 17.

It would also provide retired teachers a monthly pension for life amounting to not less than 80 percent of the monthly average salary, allowances, and other emoluments authorized by law, as supported by Republic Act (RA) No. 8291 or the Revised Government Service Insurance System Act of 1997.

Based on the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law, SG11 amounts to P20,754 pesos, while SG17 is pegged at P36,942.

The present minimum salary grade level of public school teachers in the elementary and secondary schools is barely higher than Metro Manila’s P537 minimum wage, Nograles noted, and such low salary deprives them of opportunities to improve their skills and pursue further education and training.

“We must promote an environment where continuous learning from one generation to the next is possible,” he said.

“We can guarantee that our children acquire better education by empowering and capacitating our 800,000-strong teachers by providing them adequate remuneration and incentives in exchange for the value of service they render,” Nograles underscored.

If passed, the initial funding required for the law’s implementation shall be sourced from the savings of the Executive Branch of the government and other possible sources that may be determined by the Office of the President.

The subsequent funds needed shall be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the year following the implementation of this Act.

“Our teachers are considered the heart of the educational system. Let this annual World Teachers Month celebration be different for our educators this time. I enjoin my colleagues in both Houses of Congress to support the passage of this bill and give priority to the welfare and interests of our teachers,” Nograles said.

Nograles recently made headlines with HB No. 4888 or the bill that slaps a case of “economic abuse” on female partners of husbands who obligate or force the latter to give them all their salaries.

The controversial bill aims to amend the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 to include “male partners” under the remit of persons afforded protection by the said law. Nograles said the measure’s primary purpose is “to weed out violence and abuse in relationships regardless of gender.”

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