Teachers group wants dialogue with Duterte

January 12, 2019

A TEACHERS’ group welcomed the invitation of President Duterte to a dialogue on salary increase for public school teachers.

In a  statement, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) National President Benjo Basas said they are willing to talk with the President.

“We are more than willing to sit with the president for a dialogue. We’ve been doing this with DepEd officials and if the president himself would be open for talks, it would be welcome,” Basas said.

The group said they had in fact stated this publicly several times already.

They added the President promised the salary hike for teachers “and we hope that it will not remain as a promise.”

During a visit by the President in Bulacan he pledged to raise the salaries of public school teachers following the pay hike granted to soldiers.

The President invited representatives of school teachers to visit Malacañang this month to finalize an agreement on the promised salary increase.

“I am willing to strike a deal in the presence of (Education) Secretary (Leonor) Briones sa mga maestra. You can choose the date January, bilisan lang ninyo (just make it fast), then we can make even an agreement or manifesto or choose whatever kind of document, kayo ang isusunod ko this year,” Duterte recently told the teachers gathered at the groundbreaking of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National High School in Bulacan.

Duterte said he already talked to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno about the funds needed for the proposed salary adjustment for public school teachers this year.

DepEd earlier assured public school teachers and non-teaching employees that they will be receiving the fourth tranche of salary increase this month but will have to wait a little while.    

Education Undersecretary for Finance Anne Sevilla assured the teachers the fourth tranche salary adjustment will be given to them and regular non-teaching staff as soon as the 2019 budget is passed.