Budgetary issues may affect pay hike for teachers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2014 02:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2014 10:18 PM

MANILA -- It may be too late for a proposal seeking to provide public school teachers additional P10,000 compensation each.

"We are already in the thick of deliberating the 2015 national budget, which already passed second reading at the House of Representatives,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with government radio dzRB, adding that “budgetary parameters need to be considered.”

He also stressed there is a standard operating procedure when it comes to passing bills that would need funding.

“Ang aking batid ay kapag mayroong panukalang batas na mayroong budgetary considerations, katulad nga niyan, isa sa mga standard na procedure na sinusunod ng ating Kongreso ay inaalam ‘yung budgetary implications niyan, tinatanong sa ating Department of Budget and Management dahil mayroon silang patakaran na hindi sila magpapasa ng batas na hindi tiyak ‘yung pagkukunan ng pondo,” Coloma noted.

He also pointed out there have been experiences in the past of bills not making it due to lack of budgetary support.

But Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said he will continue to push the measure that would seek additional payment for the teachers.

“Coming from a family of teachers, I very well understand the plight of our educators, especially those who belong to the public school system. They are the backbone of our country’s future yet they do not receive the monetary benefits to commensurate their contributions to our society,” Cayetano said.

Sunday is World Teachers’ Day.

Nonetheless, Malacanang said the government is one with the country in making sure that teachers will be compensated.

Coloma said the 2015 budget includes P92.3 billion for the building of new classrooms and the hiring of additional 39,000 new teachers, among others. In total, some P309 billion has been earmarked for the education sector this year.

“Sa taong ito, aabot sa mahigit 309-bilyong piso ang gugugulin ng pamahalaan para sa sektor ng edukasyon, kumpara sa P174-billion noong 2010 bilang bahagi ng patuloy na pagsisikap na mapaunlad nang lubos ang sektor ng edukasyon na siyang susi sa paglinang ng kakayahan ng mga mamamayan, alinsunod na rin sa paniniwala ni Pangulong Aquino na ang taumbayan ang pinakamahalagang yaman ng Pilipinas,” he said.