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Petition to Increase the Salary of Filipino Public School Teachers

To the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines,
particularly the Committee on Appropriations and its Chairman,
Hon. Junie E. Cua:

The Senate of the Republic of the Philippines has already forwarded to you for your concurrence Senate Bill No. 2408, or the Educators in Basic Education Compensation Act, last July 31, 2008. Your counterpart bill, House Bill 4734, was filed on July 9, 2008, but a Technical Working Group of the Committee on Appropriations has sat on the bill since November 24, 2008.

To recall, the Senate bill proposes a PHP 9,000 additional compensation, to be given over a three-year period in three tranches, to public school teachers, locally-funded teachers, non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education and Philippine Science High School teaching and non-teaching personnel. It likewise seeks a PHP 1,000 medical check-up annual allowance for covered beneficiaries and a Magna Carta bonus to public school teachers and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd.

For millions of Filipinos, education is the only means out of poverty. Our public school teachers and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education are the backbone of our education system. Yet, they are one of the most underpaid employees of the government, despite the extensive time that they must spend to perform their jobs.

Public school teachers may not have the firepower of the police and the military to challenge the stability of the government, but the stability of the future of our country lies in the hands of our public school teachers. We implore you to listen to the voice of the most neglected, least represented segment of the public sector. As Representatives of the Filipino People, we urge you to work on the passage of HB 4734, and upgrade the salary of public school teachers starting next school year.


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