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Be patient! DepEd said entry-level salaries of teachers have more than doubled since 2000

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Amid public school teachers’ clamor for a wage increase , the Department of Education (DepED) said teachers’ monthly salaries have increased by more than 100 percent since 2000.

Data from DepEd showed that the basic monthly salary of a Teacher 1 rose by 119.25 percent to P20,754 following the final tranche of the Salary Standardization Law in 2019 from P9,466 in 2000. “If benefits are computed and incorporated, a Teacher I today receives P30,873 monthly compensation and benefits,” DepEd said in a statement Sunday.

It added that for almost two decades, public school teachers in the Philippines — the largest army in government service — have gained continued improvements in their compensation.

Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 219, s. 2000, a Teacher I was classified under SG 10. The monthly salary of Teacher I was then raised to P9,939 in 2001 following EO No. 22, and to P10,933 after six years under EO No. 611, s. 2007. It was increased to P12,026 a year after pursuant to EO No. 719. It was in 2009 when the SG assignment of a Teacher I was raised to 11 with a basic monthly salary of P14,198, which was increased to P18,549 in 2012 under EO No. 811. Finally, EO No. 201 raised their basic monthly salary to P20,754 this year.

Also pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 219, s. 2000, a Master Teacher II — the highest teaching position then — was classified under SG 17 with a basic monthly salary of P14,232 which increased bu 318% to P45,269 in 2019 under SG 19.

Meanwhile, the Master Teacher III and Master Teacher IV positions were created in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

From P29,052 under SG 20 in 2010, the basic monthly salary of a Master Teacher III increased by 76% to P51,155 in 2019. A Master Teacher IV under SG 21 now receives P57,805, up by 68% from P34,493 in 2012.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said ensuring “just and equitable” compensation for public school teachers was key to retraining competent and committed civil servants.

Briones fully supported President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement to raise the salaries of teachers.

“As Education Secretary, and as an advocate, I am committed to the policy to promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers, their living and working conditions, and their terms of employment,” she said.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) earlier said government would need around P150 billion annually for a P10,000 increase for public school teachers.

There are about 830,000 teachers nationwide, according to the DepEd.

Malacañang earlier sought for more patience from public school teachers and assured that Duterte’s economic managers are now looking for sources to fund their wage increase. (PNA)

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