LAWMAKERS have lambasted the government’s proposed salary raise for public servants, particularly public school teachers, calling it “inconsiderate” and “negligible.”
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano described as meager the recommended increase by P2,205 or 12 percent of the P18,549 at present for entry-level position of teachers over four years.
This means, he said, teachers will receive an annual increase of a little more than P500, which, Cayetano added, is the lowest in recent history.
Instead of repairing the government’s “erroneous” compensation scheme for teachers, who are among the lowest paid government professionals, according to salary laws, the proposed salary increase only reinforces a “flawed system,” the senator said.
Independent vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier expressed his support for changes in the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV or SSL IV to make pay hike rate for all public servants more equitable.
“There is no dispute over the need to grant our public servants additional pay. What troubles me is the huge disparity in the rate increases for the rank-and-file compared to [those for]high-ranking officials,” Marcos said.
He noted that while the proposal grants 12 percent pay hike to entry-level teachers over four years, it provides heftier increase to the salary of legislators, Cabinet members, the Vice President and the President at 150 percent.
“It gives more to those who are already getting huge salaries and less to those who are really in need of a bigger pay, the ordinary government workers,” Marcos said.
If Salary Grade 1 employees will receive an average increase of P500 annually for four years, according to the senator, lawmakers or those under Salary Grade 30 who are getting P78, 946 per month will get an increase of P96, 238 or P24, 059 per year.
It is even bigger for the President, who will get a pay raise of P268, 096 or P67, 024 per year.