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After military, police: Teachers may get double pay too, Palace says

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By: Xave Gregorio

Following the doubling of the base pay of military and police personnel, the Palace says President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to increase the salaries of teachers using funds generated from the second tax reform package.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing on Tuesday (January 9) that Duterte instructed the Department of Budget and Management and other agencies to find means to increase teachers’ pay from the second tax reform package.

“He did not say how much but he says that they will have to be tangible results of any implementation of the second tax reform package and he said that that should be the increase in teachers’ salary,” Roque said.

Congress, in a joint resolution, doubled the base pay of uniformed personnel. The funding for the pay hike for the army and police is sourced from the revenues collected from the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion signed by Duterte in December.

While Duterte has no word yet on how much teachers’ pay will be increased, Roque said it could also be doubled like the salaries of the military and police.

“Judging by what he wanted for the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it could be that he is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers,” Roque said.