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Ang Probinsyano party-list seeks hike in economic relief aid for public school teachers

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MANILA – An official of the House of Representatives is pushing for an increase of at least P8,000 each in the financial aid for public school teachers under the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA).

House assistant majority floor leader Alfred de los Santos said the proposed hike in the economic relief assistance for public school teachers is expected to address the gap between their monthly income and the approximate living wage in the country for a family of five.

De los Santos’ proposal under House Bill No. 6329, or the proposed act increasing the PERA of public school teachers aims to enhance and uplift their living and working conditions, as well as secure their right to a living wage.

De los Santos explained that even with the pay adjustment of the lowest salary grade teachers (Salary Grade 11 for Teacher 1) to P22,316 after the first tranche of increase under the Salary Standardization Law, the rate still falls below the approximate living wage of P30,270 per family of five.

“Hence, it is proposed in the bill that the PERA granted to public school teachers must be increased to at least P8,000, an amount which would, at least, substantially cover the discrepancy,” said De los Santos, representative of Ang Probinsyano Party-list.

“It has become necessary to grant the much-deserved increase in the benefits given to our public school teachers,” he added.

The lawmaker stressed that the increase in the take-home pay of uniformed personnel further underscores the need to adjust upward the salaries of public school teachers.

He noted that as of April 2020, there are 965,660 regular employees in the Department of Education, more than 805,000 of them are holding teaching positions, while over 43,000 others are doing teaching-related jobs.

“Kung maiaangat natin ang natatanggap na sahod ng ating mga guro kasabay ng pagtaas ng sweldo ng ibang kawani ng gobyerno at pag-akyat ng mga presyo ng mga bilihin, malaking ayuda na po ito ang mga teachers lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya. Malaking insentibo rin ito bilang malasakit sa kanila dahil mas dumoble ang kanilang trabaho dahil sa blended education,” he stressed. (CMC)