EMPLOYEES of the Department of Education (DepEd) urged the government to realign funds for counter-insurgency and use it to augment the department’s budget instead.
Domingo Alidon, president of the Department of Education-National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU), said President Benigno Aquino 3rd should use counterinsurgency funds to increase teachers’ salaries.
“We ask PNoy to realign insurgency fund to fund education system and salary of public school teachers and education personnel,” Alidon said in an interview.
The DepEd employees union and the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) are pushing for an across-the-board salary increase of P10,000 a month to be implemented in the next three years for some 550,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel.
The teachers and DepEd employees are also pushing the enactment of a measure that seeks to provide additional support and compensation for educators.
According to TDC national chairman Benjo Basas, the bill is based on the salary upgrading measure that has become a perennial proposal in Congress since the early 90s. The salary upgrading bill seeks to raise the entry-level position of public school teachers under the salary standardization law from salary grade 11 to a higher status.