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    Raise teachers' salary, urge Phl lawmakers

    TWO Philippine lawmakers on Tuesday said they are seeking to increase the minimum salary grade level of public school teachers to Salary Grade 20 from the present Salary Grade 11 to help provide them with better living conditions.
    Under the third phase of the Salary Standardization Law, the basic monthly rate for Salary Grade 20 for national government agencies is P36, 567 and P18, 549 for Salary Grade 11.
    The upgrading of teachers’ salary is being sought through House Bill 4081,which aims to give life to the constitutional provision to give the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure adequate remuneration to those in the teaching profession.
    The lawmakers said despite this constitutional provision, public school teachers are among the most underpaid or overworked professionals in society today.
    "Despite the fact that they looked upon and heralded as molders of the youth, public school teachers receive a basic salary under the Salary Standardization Law (SSL3) of P18,549 only," the lawmakers said.
    They said the Constitution is explicit in providing 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."
    "To give meaning to the spirit and intent of the Constitution, there is an imperative and indispensable necessity to upgrade the minimum salary grade level of our public school teachers to Salary Grade 20 from Salary Grade 11," the lawmakers stressed.
    The bill was filed by Reps. Francisco Ashley Acedillo and Gary Alejano.

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