ACT urges to bring back monthly subsidy for public school teachers

A GROUP that looks into the welfare of teachers is hoping that after a consultative meeting with educators, lawmakers can study the possibility of giving local monthly subsidy to public school teachers.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers president Elenito Escalante said on Wednesday that there is a need to pursue this financial support.

“We are 9,000 public school teachers in the city, taking care of around 300,000 students,” he said. “We are overworked and underpaid, receiving an average of 19,049 peso salary monthly and going against a 30,000 peso cost of living.”

He added that the amount of work required from teachers can be very taxing.

“We handle classes of 72 students per day, and we work extra hours without overtime pay,” he said.

Escalante said that he is hoping that policy makers can look into giving a P1,500 local monthly subsidy for all public school teachers—those employed by DepEd and those designated as the local school board. He said that there should also be an annual medical subsidy of P2,000.

In 2013 and in 2014, this was provided but ditched in 2015 when this medical subsidy changed into a P1,000 gift check.

He said that this proposed amount is based on a comparative data on the local allowances and other benefits of teachers in other cities.

In Makati, for instance, Escalante said that teachers receive P3,500 of allowance per month. In Quezon City, P2,000 per month is allotted for teachers in addition to rice allowance of P1,500 per quarter. The same amount of P2,000 is allotted by the LGUs in Caloocan, and Marikina.

Councilor Pilar Braga vows to look into the concerns raised by ACT and educators during the Consultative Conference for Davao Educators held in Jose Maria College. She said that she hopes to produce declarations or agenda which would serve as policy directions for the local and national government.

She said that she will also propose resolutions covering education in response to the raised concerns of the teachers, which include teacher salary, education quality and access.

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