President Rodrigo Duterte continues to push for higher salaries for teachers, his spokesperson said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on January 9 the President has mandated his Cabinet to look for ways to double the basic pay of teachers–P20, 000 for entry-level public school teachers.
He disclosed the President gave the order to the Budget Department as well as to other related agencies to fast track this plan through adding a provision in the second tax reform package to fund it.
“[The President] says that there will have to be tangible results of any implementation of the second tax reform package. And he said that that should be the increase in teachers’ salary,” he said.
“He did not say how much… But judging by what he wanted for the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it could be that he is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers,” Roque added.
Under the Joint Resolution No. 1, the government on the same day announced the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel as signed by the President.