Increase the Salary of Filipino Public School Teachers

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The Senate of the Republic of the Philippines has already forwarded to you for your concurrence Senate Bill No. 2408, or the Educators in Basic Education Compensation Act, last July 31, 2008. Until now, there has been no action from your side regarding this bill.

To recall, the bill proposes a PHP 9,000 additional compensation, to be given over a three-year period in three tranches, to public school teachers, locally-funded teachers, non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education and Philippine Science High School teaching and non-teaching personnel. It likewise seeks a PHP 1,000 medical check-up annual allowance for covered beneficiaries and a Magna Carta bonus to public school teachers and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd.

For millions of Filipinos, education is the only means out of poverty. Our public school teachers and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education are the backbone of our education system. Yet, they are one of the most underpaid employees of the government, despite the extensive time that they must spend to perform their jobs.

As Representatives of the Filipino People, we urge you pass a counterpart bill to Senate Bill No. 2408, and upgrade the salary of public school teachers.