Reference: Ms. France Castro, Secretary General, Cellphone No. 09178502124
Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 09198198903
“Of all government employees, the teachers have lagged behind in salaries, incentives and training by judges, fiscals, firemen and employees of government financial institutions. Any major education reform should start with ensuring the welfare of educators,” said Angara, who has been a staunch advocate of education reforms.
“We, teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) welcome Senator Angara’s call to prioritize teachers’ wages and benefits in pursuing relevant reforms in education. There is already a counterpart bill (HB 2142) filed at the Lower House by Rep. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist,” Ms. France Castro, Secretary-general of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.
Despite gaining the support of more than 180 Members of the House of Representatives, Tinio’s House Bill 2142, or the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act, has been lying dormant with the House Committee on Appropriations—waiting for DBM’s comments—since September 20, 2010.
Teachers were also dismayed that PNoy prioritized the status of ‘poor’ economies in Europe first and not provide for the salary upgrading of teachers, which they have long been demanding. The $1B pledge could have answered the budgetary requirements for increasing the salaries of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15—about P40 B for some 520,000 teachers already in DepEd’s payroll.
ACT enjoins all lawmakers who believe that teachers must receive adequate salaries and benefits to support our initiatives to propel into concrete actions our vision in advancing the rights and welfare of teachers. “Discuss urgently the concerned bills for upgrading teachers’ salaries both in the Lower and Upper House.” Ms France Castro pointed out.#####