A lawmaker on Monday pushed for a salary increase of public school teachers to at least P36, 000.
Cebu City First District Rep. Raul Del Mar filed a bill seeking to upgrade the salary grade (SG) level of public elementary and secondary school teachers from the SG 11 to SG 20 at present.
He filed the same bill in his previous term during the 16th Congress, under House Bill 365.
“Teachers are considered to be the prime mover of the education system, hence, the government needs to give priority to their interest and welfare,” Del Mar said.
Del Mar noted that public school teachers are among the underpaid workers in society, receiving a minimum salary of P18, 549, based on the third phase of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL), while government employees under SG 20 receive a basic monthly rate of P36, 567.
President Rodrigo Duterte promised during his campaign that public school teachers will get an additional P10, 000 in compensation above the SSL.
Article XIV, Section 5  of the Constitution states,”The State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through the adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.”
The Constitution under Article XIV, Section 4 , states that “the State recognizes the complementary roles of public and private institutions in the educational system and shall exercise reasonable supervision and regulation of all educational institutions.”
Under the proposed bill, salary upgrade of public school teachers will be adjusted by qualifications and length of service and will not be prejudiced by across-the-board adjustments, under del Mar’s measures.
The bill will mandate the national government to allocate the necessary fund for the salary increase, provided it will make a priority the salary increase of public school teachers over non-educational and non-agricultural budget allocations.
The Department of Education (DepEd) will be required to immediately come up with specific programmed budget needed to cover the expenses for the upgrade of salary levels for all corresponding teacher plantilla positions over a period of five years, to allow the Department of Budget Management (DBM) to make the necessary adjustments for a smooth implememtation.
The DepEd and the DBM will promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions, under the measures of the bill.