P40-K salary for public school teachers pushed

Marje Pelayo   •   March 12, 2019   •   25369

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara wants to double the pay of public school teachers, saying that is what they deserve.

The reelectionist senator filed Senate Bill 135 which seeks to adjust teachers’ salary from salary grade 11 to 19.

Under the measure, the current teachers’ pay of P20,179 will be raised to P42,099.

Angara believes that teachers, who also have families to support, would no longer be compelled to leave the classroom and look for other jobs should the measure be granted.

Likewise, the senator expects that such a move would improve the quality of teaching and the overall education system in the country.

Angara emphasized that teachers are also public servants who deserve a reasonable compensation. – Marje Pelayo

Angara wants probe into failed construction of 47,000 DepEd classrooms

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara wants an investigation on the school rooms that the Department of Education (DepEd) planned to construct in 2018.

In its 2018 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the DepEd was supposed to construct 47,000 new classrooms, however, only 11 were completed.

“That’s not even one percent of the target,” the senator said.

Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, also wants to probe into the P27-M worth of undelivered textbooks supposedly for DepEd’s K-12 program.

The DepEd, meanwhile, said they are now distributing all instructional materials stored in five of their warehoused in Taguig City which cost the government P113-M.

“Regarding the large number of learning materials procured, they already allocated the materials and there is already an approved activity request (AR) and is in the process of releasing the buffer materials to the lower units,” the DepEd said in a statement.

The Department assured that they will revisit the agency’s existing guidelines on the procurement of instructional materials and will conduct an evaluation on its buffer stocks.

“The Department is already working with its internal and regional units to comply with the audit recommendations,” DepEd’s official statement read.

“Some of the findings are due to late updating of consolidated reports and reconciliation of voluminous records with implementing units,” it added. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Recto seeks to raise teachers’ chalk allowance to P10k

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ralph Recto believes the current amount of P3,500 that teachers receive as chalk allowance is not enough for their needs inside the classroom.

Thus, Recto filed a bill seeking to raise such monthly allocation to P10,000.

“Chalk allowance” is a popular term for monetary assistance the teachers receive at the opening of the school year to purchase items needed for instructions such as chalk, pens, paper and other school supplies.

“Chalk allowance is to teachers as what bullets are to soldiers. And those waging the war against illiteracy need more of this ammunition,” Recto said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) allotted a budget of P2.9 billion for this year’s chalk allowance for public school teachers.

Recto’s proposed measure will require an additional P5.4 billion from the government.

If approved, Recto said, teachers would no longer use their own salary to buy supplies for their teaching and they would have enough to comply with the mountains of reports they need to submit.

Duterte assures wage increase for public school teachers in 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from soldiers and police, public school teachers will have their share of salary increase this year.

The President announced his promise during the groundbreaking of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National High School and unveiling of the proposed Pandi National High School in Bulakan, Bulacan on Thursday (January 10),

“Pero itong sabihin ko — what I’m trying to say is, I am willing to strike a deal in the presence of Secretary Briones, sa mga maestra. You can choose the date, January, bilisan lang ninyo, then we can make a — even an agreement or manifesto or choose whatever kind of document itself. Kayo ang isusunod ko this year. Kayo ang pinakamarami, ” said President Duterte.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno explained that the pay hike for public school teachers is actually part of the provisions of the Salary Standardization Law.

However, there had been delays in the passage of the 2019 National Budget that’s why the salary increase was deferred.

The DBM is also studying the possibility of a compensation increase from year 2020 to 2022.

Meanwhile, the President reiterated his determination to end the operation of the ‘5-6′ scheme in the country as it doubles the burden of poor Filipinos.

“Kaya alam ko ‘yang 5-6. Iyan ang gusto kong patayin na sistema. Kung hindi ko mapatay ang sistema, ‘yung nagdadala ng 5-6 na lang ang ating patayin. Mas madali man siguro,” the President said.

‘5-6 scheme’ is a lending scheme where lenders – many of them Indian nationals – issue small loans at a 20% interest rate or above with payments usually collected on a daily or weekly basis. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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