MANILA—ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro on Monday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's remark regarding the salary increase for teachers and other government employees.
"'A little bit bigger' is very far from the doubled salaries he gave to uniformed personnel. 'A little bit bigger' will not be enough for a decent living wage for teachers that shoulder the shortages in school facilities and materials," she said.
Castro said government employees, including public school teachers, demand for an adequate salary increase that will give their families decent lives and will bring dignity to their profession.
"If President Duterte will only increase the salaries of teachers and other government employees 'a little bit bigger' compared to how much E0 201 increased, then teachers will not expect much since prices of basic goods continue to rise due to the TRAIN law," she added.
Meanwhile, Sen. Joel Villanueva said his office is keen to look into the president's call to include teachers in the next Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
"Teachers play a critical role in shaping the hearts and minds of our youth. We need to make their efforts more rewarding so that they are kept motivated to fulfill their duties," he said.
During his presidential campaign in 2016, Duterte promised to double the salary of public school teachers.
Teachers have been clamoring for a significant increase in their salary following pay hikes for police officers, soldiers, and other uniformed personnel in 2018.