Rep. Rama seeking salary increase for public school teachers

A CEBUANO legislator is seeking an increase in the salaries of public school teachers from P25,439.00 or Salary Grade (SG) 11 to P41,508.00 or SG 17.

Cebu City 2nd District Rep. Eduardo "Edu" Rama Jr., filed House Bill (HB) 4608 or the "Public School Teachers Salary Increase Act.

Aside from upgrading the current salary of an entry-level public school teacher from SG 11 to SG 17, Rep. Rama also seeks to provide P8,000 in teaching supplies allowance and P10,000 medical examination and treatment allowance for each teacher per year.

"This legislative measure is close to my heart. A teacher's salary must, at the very least, keep pace with the rise in the cost of living. It is imperative to provide public school teachers with an adequate increase in salary and allowances that meet the rising commodity prices," said Rep. Rama.

Under the Republic Act No. 11466 or the Salary Standardization Law of 2019, entry- level public school teachers only receive P25K per month.

"With this house bill every public school teacher shall also be granted allowances to ensure that the salary increase is exclusively utilized for the public school teacher's standard of living," added Rep. Rama.

HB 4608 shall cover teaching personnel in all public schools at the elementary and secondary levels, as defined by Republic Act No. 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

According to reports, at least 15 bills were filed in the 19th Congress seeking to increase the salaries of public school teachers. All are pending with the Committee on Appropriations. (PR)