Reference: Ms. France Castro
Cellphone No. 09178502124
TEACHERS CHALLENGE DEPED:
Financial Literacy is Fine But Give Us First The Dough, SG 15 For Teachers Now!
“We,teachers have been called collectively as “taga-London” (to mean loan, dito at loan duon) for a good reason. To be able to survive our families, we have resorted to borrowing money from different lending institutions because as the saying goes, “our take home pay, cannot take us home,” Ms France Castro, President of ACT-NCR Union said.
DepEd is missing the whole point. The order issued by Sec.Luistro for the implementation of the P5,000 net-take home pay for teachers from the present P3000 does not address our basic problem- that our salaries are simply not enough to support a family.
The real value of the monthly pay of Teacher I which comprises the majority of teachers cannot cope with the rising costs of basic commodities. This is the real problem, not our outlook on earning and spending as pointed out by DepEd.
Education Undersecretary for Plans and Programs Yolanda Quijano said that the department is set to embark on a program to teach financial literacy to public-school teachers to ensure that they are knowledgeable of how to make both ends meet.
“Wow, making both ends meet needs more than teaching us financial literacy. Grant us first our demand for salary increases instead! That makes sense and a lot of difference. Besides, how can the slave-like pay of P3000 per session for contractual teachers support her and her family?” Ms France Castro pointed out.
“Maybe it is about time that DepEd must join us in our clamor to enact into a law House Bill 2142 (SG 15). This bill is the first bill filed by Representative Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist and is gaining popular support in the House of Representatives. One hundred eighty (180) legislators have already co-sponsored the bill. ” Ms Castro elaborated.
Fellow teachers, join ACT-NCR Union’s mass dialogue with DBM on March 8, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm. Let us commemorate International Women’s Day with a difference. We will lobby for inclusion in the 2013 National Budget our proposed SG 15 for Teacher 1, and additional P6,000.00 increase for base pay of non-teaching employees and all government workers. Later, we will join the program of women led by GABRIELA at Mendiola.