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Duterte assures wage increase for public school teachers in 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 11 January 2019 02:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from soldiers and police, public school teachers will have their share of salary increase this year.

The President announced his promise during the groundbreaking of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National High School and unveiling of the proposed Pandi National High School in Bulakan, Bulacan on Thursday (January 10),

“Pero itong sabihin ko — what I’m trying to say is, I am willing to strike a deal in the presence of Secretary Briones, sa mga maestra. You can choose the date, January, bilisan lang ninyo, then we can make a — even an agreement or manifesto or choose whatever kind of document itself. Kayo ang isusunod ko this year. Kayo ang pinakamarami, ” said President Duterte.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno explained that the pay hike for public school teachers is actually part of the provisions of the Salary Standardization Law.

However, there had been delays in the passage of the 2019 National Budget that’s why the salary increase was deferred.

The DBM is also studying the possibility of a compensation increase from year 2020 to 2022.

Meanwhile, the President reiterated his determination to end the operation of the ‘5-6′ scheme in the country as it doubles the burden of poor Filipinos.

“Kaya alam ko ‘yang 5-6. Iyan ang gusto kong patayin na sistema. Kung hindi ko mapatay ang sistema, ‘yung nagdadala ng 5-6 na lang ang ating patayin. Mas madali man siguro,” the President said.

‘5-6 scheme’ is a lending scheme where lenders – many of them Indian nationals – issue small loans at a 20% interest rate or above with payments usually collected on a daily or weekly basis. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte orders funding for salary hike of gov’t workers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. | ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the implementation of the fourth tranche salary hike for civilians, military, and uniformed personnel amid 2019 National Budget impasse.

READ: Sotto won’t sign 2019 budget due to alleged realignments

Based on Executive Order (EO) no. 76, signed on March 15, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is tasked to identify funding source from the 2018 reenacted budget.

“There is a need to identify an appropriate funding source to cover the requirements for the implementation of the fourth tranche compensation adjustment for civilian government personnel scheduled in 2019 under EO No. 201,” according to the EO

The DBM previously recommended the amendment of EO no. 201 in order to provide the salary hike for government workers.

EO no. 201, signed by former president Benigno Aquino, has scheduled the implementation of the fourth tranche salary hike by January this year. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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P40-K salary for public school teachers pushed

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara wants to double the pay of public school teachers, saying that is what they deserve.

The reelectionist senator filed Senate Bill 135 which seeks to adjust teachers’ salary from salary grade 11 to 19.

Under the measure, the current teachers’ pay of P20,179 will be raised to P42,099.

Angara believes that teachers, who also have families to support, would no longer be compelled to leave the classroom and look for other jobs should the measure be granted.

Likewise, the senator expects that such a move would improve the quality of teaching and the overall education system in the country.

Angara emphasized that teachers are also public servants who deserve a reasonable compensation. – Marje Pelayo

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SC sets to hear petition to increase salary of nurses

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 05:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has set for March 4 the hearing on the petition that seeks to increase the salary of nurses.

The petition, filed by NARS Partylist in 2015 by then Representative Leah Primitiva Samaco Paquiz, asked the SC to issue a directive to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to implement the additional provisions of Republic Act 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002.

Section 32 of RA 9173 provides that the minimum base salary of public nurses is at Salary Grade 15.

On June 17, 2009, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order Number 811 which adopted the first tranche of the modified salary schedule of civilian personnel and base pay schedule of military and uniformed personnel in the government.

This, as well as the adoption of the modified position classification system for government offices, was pursuant to Senate and House Representatives Joint Resolution No. 4, series of 2009.

The said Executive Order set the salary schedule for nurses at grade 11.

In RA 9173, SG 15 will provide nurses with base salary of more than 30 thousand pesos, a big leap from that of salary grade 11 which was set at only around 22 thousand pesos. – Maris Federez (With report from Mai Bemudez)

Correction:

An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that the hearing was set for February 4.

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