By Genalyn Kabiling
The Department of Education (DepEd) is looking after the welfare of public school teachers amid the benefits and bonuses given on top of their salaries.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones highlighted the teachers’ benefits when she presented the government’s preparations for the opening of the school year to President Duterte and the Cabinet during a meeting in Malacañang last Monday.
“Sec. Briones shared that our teachers are being taken cared of as they receive several benefits and bonuses on top of a P20,574 minimum salary,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
Panelo said President Duterte remains supportive of a proposed salary increase for public school teachers. He noted that the President’s economic team was still looking for funding sources to bankroll such proposed pay hike.
“Definitely, he (Duterte) is all for it. Ang problema nga lang doon ay naghahanap tayo ng pagkukunan [The problem is we’re still looking for funding source],” Panelo said.
He said the President did not mention any deadline about the implementation of the salary adjustment for teachers.
“They are doing something about it, our economic managers. Kasi you have to source funds,” he said.
He said the government would need more than P100 billion if it would give teachers a salary raise of P10,000 per month.
Meantime, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has expressed readiness to implement the free college tuition program for the year.
Panelo said CHED chair Prospero E. de Vera III told the Cabinet that they were “focused on ensuring the implementation of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education.”
“He mentioned that for 2019, the government is supporting 1.1 million Filipinos in 190 state and local universities and colleges nationwide,” Panelo said.