MANILA – Public school teachers is urging President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day to make good on his promise for a salary increase this year.
In a letter sent to Malacañang, the Public School Teachers Association (PSTA) in Metro Manila reminded Duterte of his promise back in January that he will strike a deal with teachers to give them additional pay this year.
“We, teacher-leaders from various public school federations and associations in the National Capital Region seek the valuable attention of the President on the fervent appeal of our classroom teachers for the grant of substantial salary increase as your administration has done for the uninformed personnel in 2018,” PSTA said.
“Our federations and associations are very much willing to hold a dialogue with your office for a covenant signing for salary increase of teachers this year,” the teachers’ association added.
Department of Budget and Management secretary Benjamin Diokno said there government does not have enough funds to apply this to public school teachers, unlike policemen and soldiers whose salaries were doubled last year.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo meanwhile said on Tuesday the wage boards will be the one to determine pay adjustments on public school teachers.
“Ang wage board ang magde-determine kung kailan o kung hindi, depende sa circumstances surrounding whatever petition they have in mind,” Panelo said./PN