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Camarines Sur Rep. Bordado wants higher salary for public school teachers

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Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado has filed a measure at the House of Representatives seeking in increase the salaries of public school teachers.

Bordado filed House Bill 1977 of the proposed Act to Enhance the Performance of Public School Teachers and Higher Education Teacher Personnel.

“Initiated, with the full backing of Vice President Leni Gerona Robredo, in the Senate by SENATOR FRANKLIN DRILON, the bill compels the adjustment in the entry-level minimum basic salary of public school teachers and higher education teaching personnel to P30,000 a month and adjusting accordingly the salaries of other teaching personnel occupying higher positions,” Bordado said.

“It also directs the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to craft professional development programs, ensuring that they shall, in no way, require the teachers to render unpaid overtime work nor shall it result in reduced contact time with students,” he added.

The CamSur solon said that education is the “single most important factor which can insure the growth and development of the nation, strengthening, in the process, its very foundation.”

Bordado also highlighted the duty of the State under 1987 Constitution to prioritize education.

Article XIV, Section 5 of the Philippine Charter provides that: “The State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.” There lies, however, the long-standing problem of providing the teachers, bracketed at the forefront of education, adequate pay and incentives.