The Philippines: Education union mobilises against low pay

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers has firmly condemned what they see as Filipino public authorities’ anti-teacher statements and policies

On 7 July the Alliance of Concerned Teachers ACT an EI affiliate in the Philippines organised a gathering in front of the Department of Education DepEd in Manila to protest against DepEd Secretary Leonor Brionesrsquo stance on teacher pay Low salaries The ACT had previously written to Briones seeking improved terms and conditions for teachers However ldquoSecretary Brionesrsquo letter of response to the ACT proves that she has no appreciation for teachersrsquo rights and welfarerdquo said Benjamin Valbuena National Chairperson of the ACT ldquoShe repeated her statement that teachers are well compensated and shall not receive local allowances and additional teaching supplies allowancesrdquo According to ACT teachers are underpaid and receive a meagre salary ndash nbspentry level teachers receive PHP 2439940 euro420 monthly including basic pay a personal economic relief allowance and a subsidy for staff benefit contributions Teacher wage insufficient for decent living conditions The government calculates differently and asserts that teachers receive PHP 27000 euro472 per month as entry level pay including a mid-year bonus year-end bonus clothing allowance productivity enhancement incentive and cash gifts to teachersrsquo annual pay divided into 12 months Valbuena disputes this figure adding that the mid-year bonus year-end bonus clothing allowance productivity enhancement incentive and cash gifts are temporary benefits and not included in the calculation of teachersrsquo retirement pensions These benefits should not be included in calculating monthly base salary of teachers he said ldquoInstead of protecting our rights and welfare the Secretary of Education is the first to deny these to us eventually contributing to the poor economic situation and sacrifices of teachers under the deteriorating K-to-12 education system in our countryrdquo said Valbuena Teachers and the education sector as a whole will continue to ldquocall for just and decent pay and benefitsrdquo he added

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