ONCE elected as the country’s next leader, Vice President and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Jejomar would increase the basic salary of public school teachers and give them extra benefits, including housing.
“With the help of Congress, we will increase teachers’ salaries. Specifically, we are looking at adjusting the salary of a Teacher 1, from the current Salary Grade 11, to at least Salary Grade 19,” Binay vowed on Wednesday.
“Our teachers will also receive more emoluments such as regular study or training grants, increased allowances for election duties and other such benefits. We want our teachers to receive more material benefits, such as increased instructional materials allowance, study grants for their children, tax exemptions for all additional benefits given to them and 20- percent discount on goods and services on food, transportation, medicine, and medical and dental services, as well as funeral assistance by way of discounts in burial services,” the Vice President said.
These benefits, according to Binay, were provided for in pending bills in the Senate authored by his daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, specifically Senate Bill 2006 or the Public School Teacher’s Incentives Act of 2013, and SB 2780 or the OFW [Overseas Filipino Workers] and Public School Teacher’s Funeral Assistance Act of 2015.