Senator to push for tax exemption of teachers’ poll allowance

Sherwin Gatchalian

SENATOR Sherwin Gatchalian promised to file a bill that will remove the tax deductions from the honoraria and allowances of public-school teachers who will serve during elections.

“We want to recognize the vital role our teachers play in maintaining the order and integrity of this democratic exercise,” Gatchalian said.

Based on Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulations, allowances and honoraria of teachers who will serve as members of electoral boards (EB) are tax-exempt only if their annual income fall below P250,000.

The senator said he supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to increase the salaries of public school teachers.

“We are ready to assist on the legislative aspect if need be,” said Gatchalian.

Duterte has vowed to increase the salary of public school teachers after working for the salary hike of police and military personnel in 2018.

Under the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law, an entry-level public-school teacher with a salary grade of 11 earns a monthly salary of P20,754.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the government will be needing some P150 billion to implement the proposed wage hike.