THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Monday urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to stop the trafficking of Filipino teachers in the United States through the Philippine-based recruitment agencies.
“We call on President Aquino to immediately resolve the cases of trafficking involving our fellow educators. This situation will only be stopped if the teaching profession in the country receives just and decent pay which will make them able to provide the basic and essential needs of their families,” France Castro, the group’s secretary general, said in a statement.
“It is sad to note that because of the low pay and overworked status of the teachers, our fellow educators are pushed to the limits and chose to go abroad even to work as domestic helpers just to make both ends meet for their families,” Castro added.
According to the ACT, Filipino teachers are one of the lowly paid among the ranks of the professionals The group said a newly-hired public school teacher in the country only receives P18, 549, which is way behind the P31, 000 needed by a family of four to have a decent status of daily living.
“This situation [migration of teacher’s abroad working as domestic helpers]gives more meat to our call for the immediate passing of House Bill 245 which aims to increase public school teachers and non-teaching staff salaries to P25, 000 and P15, 000 respectively. This situation will only be stopped if the teaching profession in the country receives just and decent pay which will make them able to provide the basic and essential needs of their families,” Castro said.