PUBLIC school teachers cannot expect any salary increase this school year.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Thursday said “any salary increase, if approved by Congress, will be for 2015 since 2014 budget is already passed.”
“We welcome the call of our teachers to increase their salaries [but]this will involve adjustments in the salary grade of all civil servants and changes in the budget,” Luistro added.
He noted that the Education department is open to any options that will further improve the benefits of teachers.
Earlier, the militant Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) staged protest rallies to demand a salary increase for public school teachers.
ACT trooped to Malacañang and symbolically padlocked a gate of the Department of Budget and Management central office in Manila to show their rage on the alleged involvement of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad in the pork barrel scam.
The group demanded an increase in the teachers’ entry-level salary from P18,549 to P25,000, with corresponding adjustments to salaries of senior teachers.
The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), another militant group, asked for a P10,000 increase.
The group said their demand was based on a recommendation of the Congressional Commission on Education in 1991 to give public school teachers a minimum monthly salary of P28,000.
ACT warned that teachers may stage mass leaves if the government continues to ignore their demand for higher salaries.