Drilon confident teachers' salary increase will finally be approved

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon is confident that the proposed wage hike for public school teachers will finally get a nod of approval in the 18th Congress.

Drilon confident teachers' salary increase will finally be approved
Senator Franklin Drilon shared his optimism in the passing of teachers' salary increase | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Franklin Drilon

Drilon released a statement on Monday expressing his strong trust that teachers will finally get the salary increase they have long awaited. He added that there is already a growing support for the proposal.

The senator is one of the many lawmakers who have filed bills to push for the teachers salary increase.

Drilon filed Senate Bill No. 19 which seeks to raise the salaries of public school teachers to an entry-level of not less than P30,000 per month, from the current P20,754.

Aside from Drilon, senators Francis Pangilinan, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian and Sonny Angara have all filed their own separate bills.


Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is also expected to file a bill in support of the said wage hike.

Even Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has made assurances that the Senate will prioritize the measures focused on public school teachers' salary increase.

In his statement, Drilon reiterated the "noble" role teachers play in the society. He said, "We should provide teachers with the right incentives to encourage them to remain in the noblest profession of educating and molding our youth to become productive citizens of this country."

Drilon added that the salary increase will "invigorate our teachers as they help build the nation, one student, one classroom at a time."

The senator noted that while it's true that the education sector gets a huge chunk of the national budget, it seems that teachers remain to be at a disadvantage because their pay are still lower compared to other professions.

Drilon said that by increasing the salaries of our teachers, it will also help in improving their performance, thereby contributing to a better quality of education and ultimately, a better nation.

"If we truly care about our country and its people, it would serve us well to invest in them. Devoting resources for their benefit means investing in our future,” Drilon said.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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