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Duterte assures wage increase for public school teachers in 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

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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Senators support salary hike for public school teachers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018



FILE PHOTO: A high school classroom 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Several senators have expressed support to the proposed salary hike for public school teachers.

On Friday, May 4, President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to increase the monthly pay of government teachers which Senator Sonny Angara believes as among the underpaid workers.

The proposal currently has two versions in Congress. The one authored by Angara seeks to increase the current P20,000 monthly salary of teachers to P42,000.

Meanwhile, the Lower House’s version being pushed by the Makabayan Bloc seeks to increase teachers’ salary to P30,000.

DepEd Teachers Union President Cynthia Villarin said they would ask for 20% or only P4,000 increase considering the government’s lack of additional fund.

“Ang pinakamalaking workforce ng ating bansa ay nanggagaling sa DepEd. Kung ganoon po kalaki at ito ay ating ipipilit maaaring maapektuhan po ang kabuuang ekonomiya ng ating bansa,” Villarin said.

(Our largest workforce comes from DepEd. If we insist on a higher salary increase, it may affect the country’s whole economy.)

The group of teachers is planning to hold a dialogue with the lawmakers to discuss the proposed salary hike . – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang.

“Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement nyan. As I’ve said dati, may listahan at kinokotongan yung pusher na nasa listahan: ‘Para matanggal ka sa listahan ay bigyan mo kami pera’,” said the chief.

(Translation: We will make sure that it will be a real tokhang and not a corrupted one being implemented by erring policemen.  As I’ve said before, they have a list of pushers whom they extort money from saying, “To be taken off the list, give us money.”)

General Bato advised them to be more careful and assure bloodless operations this time around.

The PNP chief added that there is no room for irregularities this time especially among police officers one or po1 who have just been given a 100% salary increase.

He expects that these policemen will render good service.

“Kahit ang basehan natin yung lumang sweldo pa, wala pa rin rason para gumawa ng katiwalian, mas lalo ngayon na tumaas ang sweldo, doble ang sweldo (Even when we were still receiving the old salary, there was no reason to engage in corrupt practices. More so now that the salaries have been doubled) ,” said Dela Rosa.

Aside from the pay hike, Bato added that they also received allowances and logistical support from local government units.

He cited the Valenzuela LGU which donated 60 new mobile patrol units and K-9s that they can utilize in police operations.

Bato further warned of possible dismissal against cops who will get involved in illegal activities.

“That is my promise. I will dismiss policemen especially the PO1s who will be involved in illegal activities,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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Pay hike for public teachers, not a gov’t priority for now – DBM

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that the salary increase for public school teachers may only be possible if it is justified by a research study, and only after two years when the full salary standardization program of the government is implemented.

“I think that is not our priority at this time. Our priority is Build, Build, Build and the social protection, the taking care of the poor,” said Diokno.

On doubling the basic pay of public school teachers, half a trillion pesos is needed to finance the salary of 600,000 public school teachers throughout the country.

It means half the budget of the government.

“What you don’t want to do is see the entire budget as salaries because the government has other responsibilities like peace and order, like building infrastructure. You don’t want a budget that is simply salaries for everybody. I don’t think Filipino taxpayers would like that,” said the budget secretary.

Also, Diokno claims that the salary of a public school teacher is way higher than that of a teacher in the private sector.

For Emmanuel Soriano, a school principal who has been teaching in public school for 19 years now, though the basic salary of teachers is not yet doubled like that of the soldiers and policemen, he still appreciates the effort of the government to look after their welfare.

“Kami naman nakakapaghintay. Hindi naman nagmamadali. At least mayroon kaming hinihintay.  Tutal yung salary standardization law natin, di pa natatapos yung huling bahagi, eh eto na naman yung kasunod na pagtaas. So, kami nagpapasalamat dahil di kami nakakalimutan sa mga kawani ng gobyerno,” said the school principal.

(We can wait. We are not rushing. At least we are waiting for something. Anyway, the last part of the salary standardization law has barely begun and yet another increase is waiting in the wings. So we are grateful that government employees are not being forgotten.)

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will submit a report on the research study they will conduct on the proposed salary increase.

Meanwhile, DBM has announced that the government is already preparing for the 2019 proposed national budget.

Based on the development budget coordinating committee, the approved budget level for next year is 3.4 trillion pesos.

Government agencies are required to submit their respective budget proposals for next year until mid-April of this year, as President Duterte is eyeing to submit the 2019 proposed national budget on July 23, coinciding with his third state of the nation address. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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