A TEACHERS’ 0group has scored President Benigno Aquino 3rd for ignoring the welfare of public-school teachers, who have not received any salary increase since the President assumed office in 2010.
“President Aquino’s supposed policy of reforms should be reflected down to the grassroots, particularly in public education system. Since he became President four years ago, we have not received any salary increase,” Arsenio Jallorina, party chairman of Ating Guro party-list, said in a statement on Monday.
The group particularly denounced the government’s insensitivity for not providing a salary adjustment for public-school teachers and employees since 2012.
“The President has not even initiated a salary increase since 2010 and only enforced the two remaining tranches of the Salary Standardization Law 3 that was enacted during the time of [then-President Gloria Arroyo] in 2009.” Jallorina, a retired Manila principal, said.
The group also questioned the performance-based bonus (PBB) scheme.
The PBB under Executive Order 80 signed by President Aquino on July 2012 is a scheme granting monetary benefits to employees ranging from P5,000 to P35,000 based on their “performance.”
Jallorina said the teachers are critical of the scheme, because the government, specifically the Department of Education, has no clear-cut policy on how to measure their performance.
The scheme resulted in incentive disparity and demoralization when it was first implemented in school year 2012-2013.
The group said the scheme is unfair, divisive and deceptive.
Ating Guro instead proposed an across-the-board productivity enhancement incentive amounting to P15,000 per employee.
“Since year 2007, the government is granting a P10,000 across-the-board performance incentive to public school teachers and government employees. Yet in 2012, the incentive was cut by half,” Jallorina said.
The group, along with other teachers’ organizations, announced that they will stage a protest action on Wednesday at the foot of Mendiola Bridge in Manila, through a boodle fight to protest what they describes as the the government’s “disregard” for teachers.
The teachers will eat instant noodles, sardines, tuyo (dried fish) and NFA (National Food Authority) rice or what they called “evacuation center food.”