Marcos orders study of DepEd 'nonbasic wage benefits' for teachers proposal

A montage of a teacher holding her files and the Philippines flag. Teachers could get more nonwage benefits after President Marcos ordered a study of the proposal by the education department.
A teacher holds her files against a backdrop of the Philippines flag. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered a careful study of a Department of Education proposal to give teachers more "nonbasic wage benefits" rather than raise their salaries. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

A Department of Education (DepEd) push to give “nonbasic wage benefits” such as allowances to teachers instead of a salary hike is to be carefully studied, following an order from President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

According to Inquirer, DepEd spokesman Michael Poa told reporters that the proposal has already been presented to the President. "Na ‘yung mga nonbasic wage benefits, tingnan natin kung ano ‘yung mga pwede nating madagdag para sa omento ng mga take-home pay ng mga teachers.” (This has already been presented to the President, and he has instructed that to look into the nonbasic wage benefits, we check if what can be added to augment the teachers’ take-home pay.)

Poa added that many factors have to be taken into account before salary hikes are given. "We have to balance those things eh, kasi if we increase the basic wage of teachers, if we make it too high, it will really affect the private sector kasi either lilipat ‘yung mga teachers in the private sector to the government or baka hindi kayanin ng private sector tapatan, baka magsara ‘yung private sector."

(We have to balance those things eh, because if we increase the basic wage of teachers, if we make it too high, it will really affect the private sector because either teachers will jump to the private sector or the private sector cannot match the salaries and they would be forced to shut down.)

Poa declined to give more details of the proposed allowances.

Filipino teachers recently expressed its exasperation over President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s plans, or lack of it, for the education sector as laid down during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Many teachers were frustrated over the non-inclusion of the much-delayed salary hike for teachers in the president’s SONA, and other key issues in the sector that needs immediate action, according to representatives of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).

The teachers group said the grade they would give Marcos for his administration’s plans on the education sector is “needs a lot of improvement,” a notch lower than the lowest grade teachers usually give non-performing students.