DepEd assures teachers’ salary increase in 2021 despite COVID-19 setbacks

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that there will still be a salary increase for teachers in 2021 despite the setbacks brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DepEd assures teachers’ salary increase in 2021 despite COVID-19 setbacks

DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla confirmed on Monday during a press briefing that there is enough funding for the wage hike for teachers in 2021.

Sevilla said that an allocation of P475 billion has been set aside for the salary, allowances and other benefits of the department’s personnel and employees.

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The salary increase is part of the Salary Standardization Law which grants salary increase to government employees, including teachers and nurses, starting January 1, 2020 until 2023.

“By next year meron naman pong salary increase. Ito ‘yung second tranche noong Salary Standardization Law,” said Sevilla.

“Meron pong kasiguraduhan sa ating mga guro na naka-employ ngayon,” she added.

Sevilla said they are confident the salary increase will push through considering the huge increase of their 2020 budget. She said the fund for personnel services for the year 2020 has increased by 13.54% from P418.4 billion to P475.09 billion in 2021.

She earlier said, “Right now, we were informed that about P4 billion will be given to DepEd and we will have to coordinate with the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Department of Budget and Management.”

Under the SSL’s second tranche 2021, Teacher II with a Grade 11 salary will expect to receive a salary increase of P1,561. From their first tranche salary 22,316, they will start receiving a salary of P23,877 for 2021.


Teacher II 11 20,754 22,316 23,877 25,439 27,000
Teacher II 12 22,938 24,495 26,052 27,608 29,165
Teacher III 13 25,232 26,754 28,276 29,798 31,320
Master Teacher I 18 40,637 42,159 43,681 45,203 46,725
Master Teacher II 19 45,269 46,791 48,313 49,835 51,357
Master Teacher III 20 51,115 52,703 54,251 55,799 57,347
Master Teacher IV 21 57,805 59,353 60,901 62,449 63,997

Allowances, incentives

Earlier, DepEd brushed off the request of several teachers' groups to give internet allowance for their personnel's use while on blended learning. Instead, the education agency said that the P3,500 "chalk allowance" given to teachers at the start of a school year would just be considered a form of cash allowance to help them with the expenses incurred for blended learning.

Sevilla said, “The [allowance] shall cover the expenses of teachers for the purchase of teaching supplies and materials … for the implementation or conduct of various modes of learning delivery."

Also, teachers and personnel under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ areas who report to work are eligible to receive P500 daily hazard pay. Teachers are also set to receive P500 this September for their annual medical examination and a P1,000-incentive in October for World Teachers' Day.

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  1. Wow ang liit ng tinaas sa sahod. Pero salamat pa,din kahit papanu nagtaas.

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    1. Akala ko po teacher 1 ang tataasan sahod.. ba yan!

  3. Panu teacher 1... Yung tumataas ang position yun yung nababawasan ang gawain... Nakakapag taas sila ng tungkulin kasi wala nga sila ginagawa kaya nakakapag aral... Para tumaas sweldo nila... Gets nyo? Teacher 1 maghapon nakatutok sa studyante yan... Mga gurong nakababad sa pagtuturo walang increase, tapos anu sasabihin nyo? "Edi mag aral ka para tumaas sweldo mo!" Eh marami nga ginagawa maraming hawak na section... Anu i ooras mo pah!!!

    1. As if naman ikaw lang nakaranas lahat ng ganyan....ang mga principal at master teacher bago sila dumating sa ganyang posisyon dumaan din sila sa pgging teacher 1...cguro trabaho lang lang sila ng trabaho less reklamo kaya napromote...just he thankful atleast may increase

    2. Diskarte..Aral ka Sat. Sun..kaya di ka umaAsenso reklamo ka ng reklamo akala mo ikaw lng dumaan ng T1..Use your brain not your tounge..

  4. Bago tumaas posisyon ng mga master teacher tandaan nyo n dumaan din sila sa pagging teacher 1 kung ano trabaho ng teacher 1 ngaun un din trabaho nila dati kaya hwag paginitan ang mga matatas n ang position

  5. Teacher 1 yan..tingnan niyo yung table.. nagka typo error lang Sila. Kung babalik tayo sa research methodology lahat kayo bagsa kulang kayo sa pag.intindi kumukulo agad mga dugo niyo,dapat di kayo ng titser

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