Senate approves P5K teacher allowance
Location: Manila, Philippines
Date Published: October 07, 2019
A joint Senate panel has approved a bill granting an annual P5,000 teaching supplies allowance for public elementary teachers
The approval of Senate Bill No. 1092 was contained in Committee Report No. 14 prepared by the committees on civil service, basic education, ways and means, and finance. It was signed by 20 senators.
Once signed into law, a public elementary school teacher would receive a P5,000 teaching supplies allowance per school year.
Funds would be sourced from the budget of the Department of Education (P2, 500 from its current appropriation and another P2,500 from its available funds or savings) in the first year of its implementation.
“Thereafter, the amount of P5,000 per teacher per school year shall be included in the DepEd budget for the Teaching Supplies Allowance under the General Appropriations Act,” the bill stated.
The granting of the said allowance, however, would be limited only to teachers, who “are engaged in actual teaching in public basic education.” The measure has been submitted for plenary debates.
Meanwhile, the demand for a salary hike for teachers will soon be realized after President Rodrigo Duterte committed to implementing the increase before yearend.
Duterte divulged the news during his arrival at the F. Bangoy International Airport on Sunday.
"Their increase is coming but it's not double. There are more teachers, my God, but it's there, it will come this year," he added.
The President said the increase could be as high as 35 percent from the prevailing rate, or more.
"I think it’s about...the last time they were discussing (it) was about 35 (percent) but it could be more. I do not know," he said.
When asked about a specific timeline, he responded: "You know the government is such a very complex animal. If I give you the timeline tapos I could not make it on the deadline, I have to explain more than what is expected of government." What is important, he said, was to grant the increase that the teachers have been clamoring for.
Rodelyn Ferniz, a public school teacher here, welcomed the pronouncement of the President, saying it would be a big help for them and their families.
"I pray that this will be granted," said Ferniz, who has been teaching for 16 years.
Mayor Sara Z. Duterte spearheaded an event for the World Teachers' Day Celebration on Friday (October 4), honoring thousands of teachers in this city for their dedication to the profession.
Teachers' groups have been asking the government to increase the pay of teachers, saying their present salaries are no longer enough to provide the needs of their families.
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition has been seeking a P10,000 per month across-the-board salary hike while the Alliance of Concerned Teachers has been calling for a P30,000 salary for Teacher I, P31,000 for Instructor I and P16,000 pay for salary grade 1 government employees.