THE salaries of public school teachers have increased in the past two decades, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd said from P9,466 under Salary Grade (SG) 10 in 2000, the basic monthly salary of a Teacher I under SG 11 following the final tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) in 2019 is P20,754, constituting a 119.25% increase.
Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 219, s. 2000, a Teacher I was classified under SG 10, while a Master Teacher II—the highest teaching position then—was classified under SG 17 with a basic monthly salary of P14,232 which increased to P45,269 in 2019 under SG 19.
The monthly salary of Teacher I was raised to P9,939 in 2001 following EO No. 22, and to P10,933 after six years under EO No. 611, s. 2007. It was increased to P12,026 a year after pursuant to EO No. 719.
It was in 2009 when the SG assignment of a Teacher I was raised to 11 with a basic monthly salary of P14,198, which was increased to P18,549 in 2012 under EO No. 811.
Finally, EO No. 201 raised their basic monthly salary to P20,754 this year.
Meanwhile, the Master Teacher III and Master Teacher IV positions were created in 2010 and 2012, respectively. From P29,052 under SG 20 in 2010, the basic monthly salary of a Master Teacher III increased to P51,155 in 2019. A Master Teacher IV under SG 21 now receives P57,805 from P34,493 in 2012.
The significant improvement over the years serves as a testament to the Philippine government’s commitment to retaining competent and committed civil servants through ensuring that their compensation is “just and equitable.”
In view of these, the present-day DepEd vowed to continuously expand the scope of employee welfare and safeguard the personal and professional development of both its teaching and non-teaching personnel—a priority under the 10-point agenda of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
“As Education Secretary, and as an advocate, I am committed to the policy to promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers, their living and working conditions, and their terms of employment,” Briones said.
The Education chief added she is in full support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement to raise the salaries of teachers.