Party-list solon demands P6,000-per class monthly pay for volunteer Kinder teachers

13 June 2012

Reference: Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)


ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio filed today House Resolution 2502 entitled “Resolution Calling on President C. Aquino III to Immediately Increase the Monthly Honorarium of Volunteer Kindergarten Teachers from P3,000.00 to P6,000.00.”


Tinio says that the proposed doubled honorarium is a result of consultations with volunteer teachers, who have been clamoring for fair compensation since SY 2011-2012, when the Department of Education (DepEd) implemented the universal Kindergarten education program (UKEP).


“We urge President Aquino,” Tinio says, “to redirect the funds available at his disposal, including various discretionary funds which practically serve as his pork barrel, in favor of the front-liners of his education reform program.”


In previous statements, Tinio linked the depressed conditions of volunteer teachers, who are paid honoraria amounting to only one-fourth of the minimum wage, to the disaster that was the UKEP during SY 2011-2012.  “The Program is self-defeating because it floods the education system with overworked yet underpaid teachers.”


Being on honorarium basis, volunteer teachers in some divisions, including Rizal, Bulacan, Urdaneta City, and Palawan, endure long months without receiving the P3,000 pay (P1,500 in some cases).  Some complain of delays of up to seven months.


Tinio still believes that the hiring of qualified volunteer Kindergarten teachers as regular teachers under DepEd’s plantilla is the only way towards an effective UKEP.  However, “pending such regularization, a substantial increase in their monthly compensation is urgently needed to alleviate their economic hardship” (clause 11 of HR 2502).


We also urge the President to implement the proposed P6,000-per class monthly honorarium until next school year.  The implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act (DepEd Order 32, series of 2012) states that the hiring of volunteer teachers is a transitory measure to be implemented until SY 2013-2014.


  • Wilkinssafe

    Thank you Cong. Tinio for the effort…I pity so much my Kindergarten Volunteer Teacher for a very low honorarium..She has a family,a child to support their needs but P3,000.00 delayed honorarium will not be enough.kahit pambili na lang sana ng shampoo at toothpaste ng volunteer teacher namin…

    • Evelynsares

      Sana naman marinig ang hinaing na yan dhil kawawa talaga ang mga Kinder volunter teacher.Sila pa ang bumibili ng gamit sa pagtuturo dhil puro lang salita na provided sila ng mga instructional materials pero lampas isang taon na asan na yong nakasulat sa memo for implementation?

      • Evelynsares

        Dba puro salita LANG? At sa ngayon yong mother tongue na gamit sa pagtuturo pahibago na naman na burden sa mga teachers dhil walang lesson guide pa at mag implement na. Asan ang learning nyan… ay! iwan anong klaseng edukasyon na.

  • Emelyntungala

    Go! Go! Go! Kinder Teachers deserve higher salaries!

  • sana poh magkatotoo na na maging 6thou. per class ang honorarium nmin.,.kc poh in my case i travelled 15 kls.everyday para lang marating ang aming malayong paaralan para mkapag turo saaking mga studyante.,.sana po hindi n ma delay ang aming honorarium.,.,sana poh every month na poh ibigay saamin ang aming honorarium para po my pang gasolina araw-araw.thank you po in advance cong.tinio.,sana poh marinig ni pangulong noy2 ang aming mga hinaing.

  • wilme g denila

    I strongly support the resolution of Rep.Tinio,..ive been waiting for this initiative congressman…as member of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of our province,am one of those who urged our Governor to COUNTERPART the honorarium given by DEPED to these KVT.,actually i was one also who convinced DEPED ASEC UMALI to amend the original 3k honorarium per teacher to 3k per session,..and am so glad he has given an outright action,.Unfortunately,the KVT didnt receive such meager amount on time and worst,others didnt receive it fully until now,..How could we expect a productive performance from these KVT if they are treated this way?i personally witnessed the condition of the KVT in our province,the reason why we in the PSB urged our governor to counterpart 5k mnthly per KVT charge to LSB fund,.the proposed 6k honorarium this year for each KVT would surely inspire them even its still not enough for those who travel daily and buy their instructional materials.,how much is left for them?i am hoping that DEPED SEC.LUISTRO and PRES NOY AQUINO WILL GIVE EVEN A MINUTE OF THEIR TIME TO LOOK INTO THE REAL CONDITION OF THE KVTs NATIONWIDE,..WHAT IS THE USE OF THE K TO 12 PROGRAM IF THE KEY DRIVERS FOR ITS SUCCESFUL IMPLEMENTATION ARE SO DEPRESSED AND UNINSPIRED TO WORK PRODUCTIVELY?Let us be realistic and reasonable!our TEACHERS DESERVE THE BEST PAY TO MAKE THEM HAPPY AND INSPIRED SO THAT WE COULD SEE THEM WEARING A SMILE ALWAYS IN TEACHING OUR CHILDREN!

  • Lcragos58

    Sana po matupad ang hiring priority sa kinder volunteer teachers na nasa category A sa RQA na nagtuturo pa naman sa kasalukuyang paaralan na may bakanteng item. Kasi po, di pinirmahan ng SDS ang ROV para sa kanila, napakasakit po na new applicant proud to be rank 1 sa RQA from a private school at isa pang teacher requesting transfer naging mga priority sa hiring. Where is justice? Ano po ba talaga ang addendum na DepEd Order No. 37 s. 2012 at iyon pong pinaglaban nyo po para sa kawawang kinder volunteer teachers na nasa category A naman po?

  • Letecia

    isa po ako na kindergarten volunteer teacher since 2009… anggang ngaun wlang pgbabago 3k prin sweldo at delayed lgi nranasan nming 7mos. n d kmi sumweldo.. dpat kmi ang iprioority na ipermanent bkit p pinatupad ang universal kindergarten kundi d kmi bi2gyan ng importansya ni pambli ng merienda wla pg oras ng recess ngtitiis nlng sa paginom ng tubig dpat kming mga kinder teachers bigyan kmi ng importansya empleyado din po kmi ng gobyerno tinataasan ang sweldo ng regular teachers pro bkit kmi ichapwera na…..

    • Anonymous

      Dear Madame/Sir,

      Maraming salamat po sa pagsulat sa aming tanggapan. Tuloy-tuloy po ang kampanya ng ACT Teachers at ng ACT Philippines para sa regularisasyon ng mga volunteer at contractual teachers. Isa din po sa aming kampanya ang pagbasura sa Kto12 dahil sa kontekstong ito’y niyuyurakan ang karapatan ng ating mga guro. Sa ngayon po, ang aming maitutulong ay sa pagpa-follow-up sa inyong division para sa status ng inyong honorarium. Pero sana po ay kaagapay namin kayo sa pagkalampag sa DepEd at sa gobyerno ni Pnoy sa ating mga kampanya sa para mga guro at sa sektor ng edukasyon.

      Salamat po.

      Ms. JR Rodriguez

  • gutom

    sana nga po tumaas n rin sahod nmin…kami po gumagastos sa laht ng instructional materilas nmin…ung sahod n 3t kulang n kulang p…pamasahe p…ano b yan gumising nman ang deped bigyan nyo po kmi ng pansin…hirap n rin kmi…kumakalam n sikmura nmin….sana etong december bigyan din sana bonus para masara nmn ang handa sa noche buena hindi ung matutulog n lng kmi sa …..