The government has vowed to make the salary increase of public school teachers be possible by 2020.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing that the Cabinet has reaffirmed President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to raise the salary of public school teachers.
However, the increase may begin in 2020, not 2019 as earlier announced by the Malacanang, he said.
“The entire cabinet reaffirmed the President’s directive that we will continue to look for ways and means to effect an increase in the teacher’s salary but beginning 2020, not 2019,” Roque said.
“The rationale for this is that the last tranche of the salary increase under Salary Standardization Law will be implemented in 2019,” he added.
This would not only increase the salary of public school teachers but also all Filipinos who work in the public sector, Roque noted.
Currently, a public school teacher has a basic salary of P19, 000 to P43, 000 depending on their Salary Grade level.
Moreover, Roque also said the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had promised to give the 2016 performance-based bonus (PBB) of the public school teachers.
“They are now addressing it. I think the DepEd has some unliquidated funds and they are reconciling the figures and accounts so that they can now release the performance-based bonus,” Roque said.