LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: Provincial officials of CamNorte are seeking the support of local legislators in Benguet to back up the passage of House Bill 2142 which seeks to upgrade the salary grade of public school teachers.
The bill proposes upgrading the salaries of public school teachers from grade 11 to grade 15, and the salary grade levels of those occupying higher position adjusted accordingly.
In their Resolution No 340-2012, the CamNorte officials recognize the very important roles and responsibilities of public school teachers who exercise special parental authority over students during school season.
They are in the front line in the character formation of the youth and greatly assist parents in molding the minds and hearts of the young, they added.
They quoted the policy of the State, “To ensure that education received the highest priority in governance and the teaching will attract and retain rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.”
As premised, teachers’ pay from government fails to provide adequate remuneration as mandated in the Constitution and in the Magna Carta for public school teachers that should be comparable with those in other occupations requiring equivalent or similar qualifications, trainings, and abilities and to insure a reasonable standard of life for themselves and their family.
As provided in the explanatory note of HB 2142, salary of professional teacher occupying entry position of Teacher I, earns substantially less than of a high school graduate who enters Philippine Military Academy or the salary of those employed in call center which requires neither formal education of bachelor’ degree.
Further, present salary of teachers cannot cope with this “living salary gap” and resort to borrowing. Best teachers go out of the country to seek better pay while others are forced to work as domestic helpers, nannies and caregivers, the bill states.
The provincial board referred the Camarines Norte resolution to the committee on education for further study and recommendation. - PIA