Palace asks patience on teachers’ pay hike

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Malacañang on Tuesday appealed for more patience and understanding from public school teachers as the government is still scouring for funding sources to fulfill its promise of a pay hike for educators.

In a press briefing, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo explained that according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones, increasing the salaries of teachers by P10,000 each would entail the government to cough up P150-billion.

Panelo noted that the amount is money is what the Duterte adminitration’s economic managers are still figuring out where to draw from.

“We appeal to our teachers that since this is a huge amount, please lengthen your patience because we are still looking for the money due to you,” Panelo said. “We are doing something about it.”

President Rodrigo Duterte, at the start of the year, vowed to increase the pay of teachers after he delivered on his promise to raise the salaries of those in the military and police forces.

Under the Salary Standardization Law, an entry-level public school teacher’e starting pay, at Salary Grade 11, is at P20,754 monthly.

The Palace official assured that the President will not reneged on his commitment, although he did not give an estimated figure of how much of a pay hike the government is planning to give the public educators.

“I can’t say. I’m not sure. It may come in installments. I don’t know how it will be done,” admitted the official. “But what I think that is certain is that the President really wants to increase the salaries of the teachers.”

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