Teachers reiterate calls to increase salaries on World Teacher's Day

First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos (left) and Vice President Sara Duterte mark World Teacher's Day in Abra, Philippines.
First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos (left) and Vice President Sara Duterte and attended the World Teacher's Day celeberations at the Abra Sports Complex on October 5, 2022. (Photo: DepEd Philippines/Facebook)

During the celebration of World Teacher’s Day (WTD) celebration in Abra, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte on Wednesday (October 5) highlighted the critical role that teachers play in honing and molding the youth.

An estimated 3,500 teachers and non-teaching personnel attended the celebration at the Abra Sports Complex.

“To all the teachers out there, please know that we all recognize your hard work and all the sacrifices you have made to make the art of the learning possible,” the first lady said.

“You have ensured the quality of education for many Filipinos. We did this despite the many challenges that came your way, especially during the recent pandemic. For this, we are all grateful to you,” Marcos added.

Duterte called the teachers “the honor of our country,” and assured them that educational facilities and infrastructure, as well as delivery of quality education, will be her priority as DepEd secretary.

“Our teachers are the honor of our country and we must give importance to their role in the development of the country,” she said.

Meanwhile, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro echoed the call of teachers nationwide for a substantial increase in wages amid rising inflation.

“Today is World Teachers’ Day but up till now the salaries of teachers are hardly enough to make ends meet. Lalo pa ngayon na 6.9% na ang inflation rate sa bansa at kung sa usapin naman sa pagkain ay 7.7% na ito. Tama lamang ang panawagan ng mga guro na itaas ang kanilang sahod,” Castro said.

(Especially now that the inflation rate is at 6.9%, and 7.7% when it comes to food. It’s just right that the call of the teachers is to increase their salaries.)

Castro is proposing that the entry-level salaries for public school teachers should be Salary Grade 15, or equivalent to P35,097, and at least P30,000 for private school teachers.

“What our teachers need now are higher salaries and no amount of flowery words or rhetic can change that,” she said.

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