Lawmakers refile bill seeking salary upgrade for teachers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Lawmakers on Thursday refiled a measure seeking an increase in the salaries of both teaching and non-teaching personnel.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro, Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Arlene Brosas, and Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raoul Manuel introduced House Bill No. 203, a refiled version of House Bill No. 5990 which failed to get past committee review during the 18th Congress.

The bill aims to adjust the minimum salary grade level of public school teachers from Salary Grade (SG) 11 to SG 15. It also seeks to raise the minimum salary of teachers in public universities and colleges from SG 12 to SG 16.

The salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall then be adjusted accordingly.

According to Castro, the proposed move addresses the “injustice” to teachers, as the “measly increases” from the Salary Standardization Law 5 are not enough, considering excise taxes and inflation, among others.

She said it will be her priority measure in the 19th Congress under the administration of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

"Our teachers are only asking that they be given salaries that can provide them and their families decent lives," the lawmaker said. "With the increasing workload of our teachers and the increasing cost of living, it is only just that they also be prioritized by the state."

Also included in the bill is the proposal to raise the basic salary of non-teaching personnel to ₱16,000. Castro said this amount was the result of past consultations, and that "discussions are ongoing to further raise this to ₱25,000 for other government employees."