Providing quality education is key to addressing poverty and raising teachers’ salaries is a fair recognition of their “dedication to their job and their students,” according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Binay recently said Malacanang’s proposed salary standardization is not enough and that changes under the proposal will hardly be felt by teachers.
“It would be better if we look at adjusting the salary of a Teacher 1, from the current Salary Grade 11, to at least Salary Grade 19,” the Vice President said in a speech at the Centennial Celebration of San Alberto Magno Academy in La Union province in Northern Luzon.
“Malacanang’s proposed salary standardization, where an entry-level teacher’s salary would increase only by 11.89 percent from P18,549 a month this year to P20,754, after four annual salary hikes ending in 2019, would be hardly felt if we factor in inflation,” he added.
Binay said he will continue to push for the welfare of teachers and noted that his daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, has already filed several bills in Senate that aim to give teachers additional benefits.
The senator has authored Senate Bill 2006, or the Public School Teacher’s Incentives Act of 2013, and [SB] 2780, or the Overseas Filipino Workers or OFW and Public School Teacher’s Funeral Assistance Act of 2015.
Her father said they plan to push for passage the two bills, including an increase in appropriations for education.
Binay, who is running for President in the 2016 elections, recounted how having quality education helped him improve his life and vowed to raise the education budget by 20 percent.
“[Under my administration], we will increase the budget for education and training by 20 percent. The increased fund will be used to build more classrooms, [and]purchase more books and other instructional materials and equipment for elementary schools,” he said.
Binay added that one of the priorities of his administration is the review of the implementation of the K-12 program.
He said he also plans to replicate the University of Makati’s Dualized Education System nationwide to complement K-12.
“K-12 must also be complemented by an apprenticeship program. Private sector enterprises–through their sectoral councils–must be encouraged to work with higher educational institutions in developing a college curriculum that is more attuned to the requirements of the labor market,” according to the Vice President.