30 April 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
Propose pay hikes for gov’t employees in 2015 budget –solon to Aquino
On Labor Day, public school teachers and other government employees banged on the doors of President Aquino to heed their long-standing demand for salary increases.
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio filed in July 2013 House Bill 245, which calls for at least P25,000 and P15,000 monthly salaries for public school teachers and non-teaching personnel, respectively. The measure now has the support of nearly half of the Lower House, with more legislators expected to sign as co-authors when Congress resumes session on May 5.
Public school teachers currently receive a minimum salary of P18,549 monthly (SG 11), while non-teaching personnel receive P9,000 (SG 1).
Tinio is also co-author to Anakpawis Party-List’s HB 3015, which calls for a P6,000 hike in the minimum pay of public sector workers.
“Two years have passed since government raised the salaries of its employees but the ordinary Filipino is battered daily by increases in the costs of living,” Tinio lamented, noting that, with a P1,022 family living wage (NCR), the P456 minimum wage forces families to live on a deficit of P566 each day.
“Government employees realize that their just demand faces an administration which has admitted its aversion to pay hikes.” Tinio noted that, as the Salary Standardization Law 3 was enacted in 2009, Aquino has not yet effected any salary increase until now, four years into his term.
“Our President therefore has a huge debt to state workers.”
“Since his administration is now preparing its proposed 2015 national budget, the time is ripe for Aquino to pay that debt,” Tinio said. “We challenge his administration to propose to Congress a provision for pay hikes in the 2015 budget.”
Without this proposal, Tinio added, Aquino should expect to be battered by protests from state workers, including the 600,000-strong bureaucracy from the public education sector. ###