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News Release

December 8, 2010



Iloilo National High School, Iloilo City – In a recent consultation with local school districts, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio garnered even more support for House Bill (HB) 2142, or the “The Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act.”

“Is your present salary enough to meet your daily needs?” Tinio asked as he rallied Iloilo public school educators behind HB  2142. Teachers in attendance lamented that a pay hike is needed to improve their quality of life.

Tinio gathered the same sentiment in Bacolod, where he discussed HB 2142 during the 59thBacolod City’s Teachers Day. During the Visayas sojourn, around 700 teachers from Iloilo and Bacolod were briefed about the increase.

Filed last August, HB 2142 seeks to raise the minimum Salary Grade (SG) level of public school teachers from SG 11 to SG 15. Currently, entry-level public school teachers receive P15,649 monthly. The bill augments this minimum pay to P24,887. HB 2142 covers teaching personnel in elementary and secondary schools, including vocational and technical schools as well as state universities and colleges.

During the open forum, several complaints about Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) benefits were raised. Teacher-members cannot use their rightful benefits because of double deduction and wrong database information. Issues of transparency were also tackled.

Tinio is on a nationwide caravan to meet and consult with teachers about HB 2142 and other pressing concerns. The teachers’ representative catered the bill to Davao City, General Santos, Koronadal, Masbate City, and Tagbilaran.

“When our teachers do not earn a decent living, what will happen to future generations? I call on my colleagues in the House and Senate to make this an urgent bill that could lead to its immediate passage,” urged Tinio.#



  • Marzbonifaciocustodio

    It is very timely that gov’t consider to increase the salary of those underpaid teachers (public school teachers). Government should consider that public school teachers are bombarded with too much work in school and even at home. How can a public school teacher be more productive and be more enthusiastic to work in school if they are not receiving the rightful salary and benefits that other government employees are receiving. I do hope congressmen and senators should pay attention to this bill and hope they will pass it as soon as possible.