Bayaran ang sakripisyo: Kiko Pangilinan seeks higher pay for teachers
It is high time the Duterte government make good on its commitment to uplift the status of teachers.
Senator Kiko Pangilinan stressed this recently as he deplored that teachers receive meager income and they try to cope with this situation by selling various goods.
Worse, they go to loan sharks to sustain their needs, said Pangilinan, Liberal Party president and a member of the Senate minority bloc.
“Teachers are our second parents, role models, and cheerleaders. Teachers shape us to have a lifetime hunger for knowledge and excellence,” he said.
Teachers inspire values for compassion, integrity, hard work, and commitment, the senator said.
“Like soldiers, public school teachers may be assigned anywhere, sometimes putting their lives at risk,” Pangilinan said.
“We wish our teachers better lives. Do some still sell various items to augment their income?” he asked.
He wondered whether teachers still use money from their own pockets to buy chalk and other school supplies.
“Are they still victims of exploitative credit and lending institutions? It used to be that being in a teaching profession symbolizes living well. No longer,” he said.
He said that “through the years, a teacher’s heart for sacrifice may have grown tired, further aggravated by long work hours, congested classrooms, lack of textbook and school supplies, and substandard facilities.”
“Let’s free them up from non-teaching duties; hire more teaching and non-teaching personnel; allow them access to free medical and dental services; and, increase their salary to decent levels,” he said.
Pangilinan said teachers are among those in the frontline of providing services to the Filipino people. “With education, they help liberate.”
“Good education eventually leads to greater opportunities and chances of attaining a better life. But when will the teachers themselves be liberated from poverty,” he said.