Gov’t to raise teachers’ pay if…

Manila Reporter

MANILA – Secretary Armin Luistro of the Department of Education (DepEd) said they are looking into increasing the salaries of teachers in public schools.

An education organization, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) previously threatened that its members would go into a mass leave if the government fails to raise their salaries.

“DepEd will not object to any measure that will help public school teachers,” Luistro said in a text message through Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr.

Luistro said teachers’ salaries would be increased “as long as there is adequate funding.”

He also said he understands their demands over their meager salaries.

The proposed mass action will not resolve the issue, Luistro added.

“We enjoin these groups not to take any action that will unduly affect the delivery of basic services to our learners. Let us draw the line (between the teachers’ right to protest and their) abandoning our children,” he said.

Luistro also reminded educators to keep their students’ best interests in mind at all times./PN