Press Release
November 19, 2015

Cayetano pushes for additional P 10,000 compensation for teachers
over and above SSL

Stressing the need to help educators cope with the daily struggles of living for them to provide the youth with the proper education, Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano today pressed for an additional P10,000 compensation for public school teachers over and above the salary standardization law.

Cayetano urged the government to be more responsive regarding the teachers' demand for salary increase.

"Hindi dapat tinitipid ang ating mga guro. Ang kailangan nila ay mabilis na aksyon para itaas ang kanilang mga sahod at iba pang benepisyo," Cayetano said.

Cayetano said his proposal is part of his Senate Bill 94 that grants public school teachers, locally-funded teachers, non-teaching personnel, and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) additional compensation.

Cayetano issued the statement during the start of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. He said any discussion of economic development should ultimately benefit the people especially sectors that have not felt the effects of the growing economy.

The government's proposed entry-level position of teachers is to grant an additional amount of P2, 205.00 from the present P18, 549.00 or a meager increase of less than 12%, spread over a period of four years, making the annual increase of a little more than P500.00, the lowest in recent history

The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) praised Cayetano's response to their demand for better benefits.

"We welcome Senator Cayetano's swift response to our plea. He's been part of our campaign from the very start. At a time when teachers are losing hope, the senator's proposal re-energized our ranks," TDC Chairperson Benjo Basas said.

Basas, who is also the first nominee of Ang Guro Partylist, said he was happy that Cayetano took a firm stance in repairing the government's erroneous compensation scheme for teachers. He said past and present salary laws classified teachers as among the lowest paid government professionals.

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