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Teachers troop city council to gain support for Salary Upgrading Bill

3 May 2010 No Comment

(Originally posted on September 16, 2010)



DAVAO CITY – Members and leaders of Kahugpungan sa mga Magtutudlo ug Kawani sa Edukasyon sa Mindanao-Alliance of Concerned Teachers Davao (KAMKEM-ACT Davao) lobbied with city councilors Tuesday to gain support for the Salary Upgrading Bill filed by Act Teachers Party-list.


“Our goal is to gain the support of the City Council for the immediate passage of House Bill 2142 otherwise known as the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act,” KAMKEM-ACT Secretary General and public school teacher, Gloria Arcenas said.


The House Bill 2142, which  was filed last August 4 by ACT Partylist Representative Antonio Tinio, aims to raise the teachers’ minimum pay to P24, 887 per month. Public school teachers in elementary and secondary schools, including those in vocational and technical schools and state universities and colleges, whether nationally or locally funded, are covered by the bill.


According to Arcenas their lobbying is also part of their preparation for the upcoming commemoration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) inauguration of October 5 as World Teachers’ Day.


World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966.


“We, teachers, have the essential role of providing quality education at all levels.  Yet, how can we do so when we receive low salary–so paltry that we cannot ensure a reasonable standard of life for us and our families?” Arcenas said.


“We hope that our officials will finally come to realize that recognition of our significant role as molders of the future is not enough.  Seeing to the welfare of teachers and increasing teachers’ minimum wage are concrete actions necessary to make teachers become active agents for genuine societal change,” she said. #



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