Duterte vows salary increase for public school teachers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, May 4 declared that he would give teachers an increase in their salary.

“Pero ang inyo, kayo ang isunod ko pero hindi naman masyadong doblado, hindi talaga kaya. Hindi talaga kaya,” he said in his speech at SMX Convention Center in Davao City during the 37th Philippine Principals Training and Development Program and National Board Conference.

“We’ve been trying to come up with a progressive — Ako I’m not blaming anybody but simply there are too many Filipinos,” the President noted.

Duterte signed on January 1 this year the Joint Resolution No. 01, which authorized the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel in the government.

The Palace then announced that the President has directed the Budget department to find ways to raise the wages of teachers.

Duterte said the increase would be incremental, citing the large number of teachers.

“Remember, the economy. Pag nag-improve ‘yan, kayo ang sunod. Honest. Pero incremental ha, walang biglaan. Marami kayo. You are five times more or seven times more than the soldiers,” he said.

The Chief Executive said that he himself is a son of a schoolteacher.

The President recalled that his mother retired as the adult education supervisor for Davao City.

“Kaya po ako lumaki rin ng salary ng isang teacher and so was my father,” he said. PND