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PRESS STATEMENT: Teachers launched a nationwide social media day for salary increase; vowed for bigger mass actions if unheeded

“In order for us to retain our best of the best instructors and professors and to afford them decent and quality living standards, a pay hike must then be implemented now. In particular, we call on President Aquino to signify as urgent ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio’s House Bill 245 which aims to peg the entry pay of public elementary and high school teachers from P18, 549 to P25, 000 and from P9, 000 to P16, 000 for non-teaching personnel per month. Quality education will never be achieved if we could not afford to give quality pay to our teachers, instructors and professors"

PRESS STATEMENT
July 24, 2015

For Reference: Mr. Benjie Valbuena, ACT National Chairman
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Teachers launched a nationwide social media day for salary increase; vowed for bigger mass actions if unheeded

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers today held a nationwide social media protest day where teachers are to take a picture of themselves with their call for a salary increase coupled with protest actions.

“This is to register anew our long standing call for a just and decent pay for teachers and employees. It is the policy of the State that education receives the highest priority in governance, and that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment. Despite this constitutional provision, our state colleges and universities’ teaching personnel continue to suffer from the meager salary the state is affording them,” said Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, National Chair of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).

Section 5 (4), Article 14 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution states that “The State shall enhance the right of teachers to professional advancement. Non-teaching academic and non-academic personnel shall enjoy the protection of the State.” Number 5 of the same section furthered that “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 adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.”

“Entry pay for public school teachers is still nailed at P18, 549 a month, an amount which is way below as compared to the Family Living Wage (FLW) of P31, 620. This situation deprived them a decent and dignified standard of living.

In order for them to attend to the families’ basic needs such as housing, health and education, many college instructors and professors have left the teaching profession already to seek greener pastures abroad. In the United States, a Filipino teacher with at least three years of teaching experience receives around P168, 000 to P336, 000 per month. In Thailand, a Filipino teacher receives P46, 493 a month at the minimum. Definitely, these pay levels are much higher as compared here in the Philippines,” added Mr. Valbuena.

Teachers also declared their massive participation in a big mobilization in time for the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of BS Aquino under the call for salary increase and for the junking of the his (BS Aquino) K to 12 program.

“In order for us to retain our best of the best instructors and professors and to afford them decent and quality living standards, a pay hike must then be implemented now. In particular, we call on President Aquino to signify as urgent ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio’s House Bill 245 which aims to peg the entry pay of public elementary and high school teachers from P18, 549 to P25, 000 and from P9, 000 to P16, 000 for non-teaching personnel per month. Quality education will never be achieved if we could not afford to give quality pay to our teachers, instructors and professors,” concluded Mr. Valbuena.