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PRESS STATEMENT August 19, 2015

Teachers and Employees to Aquino and Abad: salary increase in the 2016 budget now!

Manila, Philippines – Leaders and members of Alliance of Concerned Teachers – National Capital Region Union (ACT-NCR) together with teachers from Manila Public School Teachers Association (MPSTA) and Quezon City Public School Teachers Association (QCPSTA) today held a motorcade and protest action in front of the Central Office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to reiterate their call for higher salary increase for teachers and employees.

“We are calling the Aquino government and Secretary Florencio Abad of DBM to hear our long standing call for just and decent pay in the 2016 Budget. Despite the arising price hikes and overworking conditions, our meager monthly salary of P18, 549 for teachers and P9,000 for salary grade 1 for employees— is an inadequate amount as compared to the Family Living Wage (FLW) of P31, 620,” ACT-NCR Union President Benjie Valbuena said. 

On Committee on Appropriation Budget Hearing 2016, dated last August 10, Rep. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Party-list stands from the side of the teachers and employees. He stressed that salary increase shall be granted using the P50.644 Billion Lump sum Compensation Adjustment in 2016 budget. 

“Clearly, the last increase in our salary was in 2012 and there is no reason for the Aquino government and DBM not to hear our loud call for a salary hike immediately for us to afford decent and quality living standards. We call on President Aquino to signify as urgent ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio’s House Bill 246 which aims to peg the entry pay of state colleges and universities pay at P26, 878 per month and House Bill 245 that will raise the entry pay of public elementary and high school teachers from P18, 549 to P25, 000 and from P9, 000 to P16, 000 for non-teaching personnel per month,” Mr. Valbuena added.

As mandated by law, Section 5 (4), Article 14 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution states that “The State shall enhance the right of teachers to professional advancement. Non-teaching academic and non-academic personnel shall enjoy the protection of the State.” Number 5 of the same section furthered that “The State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.”

“The intensifying movement of the teachers for salary hike will never stop until the state abides to the law. There is no other time but now, and if the state will continue to ignore our legitimate demand, we are ready to launch our Human Chain and Grand Lobbying at the House of Representatives and to have a Nationally Coordinated Sit-down Strike 3 on September 8,” Mr. Valbuena ended.

For Reference: Mr. Benjie Valbuena, ACT National Chairman 
+63 916 -229 4515

SOURCE: Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines

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