Guaranteed teachers’ salary hike urged

Francis “Chiz” Escudero

SENATOR Francis “Chiz” Escudero called on the administration yesterday to guarantee first that there will be a source of funds for higher salaries before announcing the increase to the teachers.

With no sure funding, Escudero said that the government should refrain from making announcements that will raise the hopes of teachers who have been religiously asking for salary increase since the Duterte administration started.

He explained that there are only four ways in order to get the necessary funds for teachers’ salary hike.

These include: getting loans, budget realignment, increasing of tax and getting it from the government’s savings.

“Una kailangan ng batas sa pagtataas ng sweldo at dapat may certification from National Treasurer para sa pondo. Ang huling dapat gawin ay paasahin na naman ang teachers na tinaasan pero walang pagkukunan ng pondo,” Escudero said.

On the issue of lack of faculty rooms, Escudero believes that it should not be the priority of the government but rather the construction of additional classrooms for students.