Lawmakers Refile Bill for the Salary Increase of Teachers and Non-Teaching Personnel

ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas, and Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raoul Manuel refiled House Bill 203 (HB00203) on the first day of the 19th Congress.

The said bill seeks to upgrade the salary of entry-level teachers (Teacher 1) from Salary Grade 11 (SG 11) to Salary Grade 15 (SG 15). Furthermore, the bill also aims to increase the salary of non-teaching personnel to P16,000.

House Bill 203 is the newer version of House Bill No. 5990 which has failed to advance to committee review in the previous Congress.

Castro asserted that the salary of teachers has been left behind by other professions with comparable educational requirements such as nursing.

“Napag-iwanan na ang sweldo ng ating mga guro kumpara sa mga nurse, pulis at militar pero tambak rin sila ng trabaho sa loob at labas ng kanilang mga klasrum,” said Castro.

“Our teachers are only asking that they be given salaries that can provide them and their families decent lives,” she added.

Read the full text of House Bill 203 below.


Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Batasan Hills, Quezon City

NINETEENTH CONGRESS
First Regular Session

HOUSE BILL No. 203


AN ACT
UPGRADING THE SALARY LEVELS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS
TO SALARY GRADE 15 AND TEACHING PERSONNEL IN HIGHER
EDUCATION TO SALARY GRADE 16, AND INCREASING THE SALARIES
OF NON-TEACHING PERSONNEL TO P16,000

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy. It is hereby declared the policy of the State to alleviate the living conditions of government employees and to guarantee employees’ rights to living wage.

The State policies of ensuring that education receives the highest budgetary
priority and 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 are hereby reiterated.

In the formulation of decisions with regard to education reforms, the State shall likewise hold paramount the protection and promotion of the right of citizens to quality education at all levels and the rights of education workers to human conditions of work and a living wage.

SEC. 2. Upgrading of the Salary Levels of Public School Teachers in Basic Education. The present minimum salary grade level of public school teachers shall be upgraded from Salary Grade 11 to Salary Grade 15. Salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly

SEC. 3. Upgrading of the Salary Levels of Public Teaching Personnel in Higher Education. The present minimum salary grade level of teaching personnel or instructors in public universities and colleges shall be upgraded from Salary Grade 12 to Salary Grade 16. Salary grade levels of all other teaching personnel occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly.

SEC. 4. Raising of the Minimum Salaries of Regular Employees in Public Elementary and High Schools. The present salary of a regular entry-level position in public elementary and high schools shall not be less than Sixteen Thousand Pesos (P16,000) a month. The salaries of those occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly.

SEC. 5. Annual Adjustment of Salaries. Salaries of public school teachers and non-teaching personnel shall be adjusted annually to keep pace with the cost of living. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), in consultation with public sector unions, shall recommend to Congress the appropriation of the necessary funds.

SEC. 6. Rules and Regulations. |The Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education and the DEM shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations of the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 7. Appropriations. The amount necessary for the initial implementation of this Act shall be taken from current appropriations. Thereafter, funds needed in subsequent years shall be included in the General Appropriations Act.

SEC. 8. Separability Clause. Should any provision herein be declared unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity of the other provisions of this Act.

SEC. 9. Repealing Cause. All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations or other issuances or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

SEC. 10. Effectivity. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,


Source: PhilStar / House of Representatives/19th Congress

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