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Thursday, January 10, 2019

President Duterte Reiterates Promise to Increase Teachers' Salaries


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday renewed his promise to increase teachers' salaries, saying this can finally happen this year.

"I am willing to strike a deal in the presence of Secretary [Leonor] Briones sa mga maestra (teachers). You can choose a date... Kayo ang isusunod ko this year (You are next)," Duterte said in a speech at the unveiling of a high school in Bulacan.
He did not mention how much additional pay he wants to give the country's educators.
The President also explained why the government failed to give teachers higher salaries in previous years, saying he had to prioritize doubling the pay of soldiers for national security.
"Nanay ko teacher ako ba naman manloko sa inyo (My mother is a teacher, I won't lie to you)," Duterte said. "I was talking to [Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno] at the yearend to find out how things are - can we afford. Sabi ko sa kanya inuna ko ang sundalo because alam ko ano mangyari (I told him I prioritized soldiers because I knew something would happen)."
Policemen and soldiers received doubled salaries in 2018, but Budget Secretary Benjami Diokno said there was not enough money to do this for public school teachers. He said teachers are already getting a notable adjustment in their salaries under the salary standardization law, which is carried out in tranches, and lower income tax rates under the tax reform law. He has also said doubling teachers' pay in 2019 would need an additional budget of ?343.7 billion.
Source: CNN

6 comments:

  1. We are hoping and praying that it will materializd before election. Hoping that this is not a propaganda coz election is near sir president

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  2. We are just hoping that what the president promise to us teachers ay totohanin nya...sana this year kami naman ang bigyan pansin...

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  3. Thank you po President Duterte sa lahat ng naitulong nyo sa mga mahihirap, mga police, teachers at iba pang mga professionals. I salute you po.

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  4. lets claim this promises of our President Duterte to increase our salary..Hope it will happen soon because our salary is not enough to support our family needs. GOD BLESS sir President we pray for your good health and guidance as you serve our country..

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  5. lets claim this promises of our President Duterte to increase our salary..Hope it will happen soon because our salary is not enough to support our family needs. GOD BLESS sir President we pray for your good health and guidance as you serve our country

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  6. Thank you mr president for your interest of increasing the salary of teachers. We are not asking to double our salary this year but we will appreciate 50% increase of our salary this year and give the remaining 50% increase next year so you will have ample time to find budget for the increase of our salary. We will appreciate it very much if you can do this. In this case, you will be the very first president to give importance to education particularly to all teachers and their respective families. You will be loved and all teachers will forever salute you.

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