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Is salary increase enough for DepEd Teachers?

 

Is salary increase enough for DepEd Teachers?



Introduction

As the country marks Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, we take a look at the salary increase for teachers in DepEd and how it compares to other government agencies.

The salary increase for the public school teachers, which is the first tranche of the Salary Standardization Law V (SSL V), grants a P2,000 increase every year from 2019 to 2021.

The salary increase for the public school teachers, which is the first tranche of the Salary Standardization Law V (SSL V), grants a P2,000 increase every year from 2019 to 2021. The law aims to standardize salaries of all government workers by increasing the minimum wage and giving more benefits to employees.

Many local government officials said that this amount is not enough for them to cover their basic needs and attract qualified teachers who can help improve their skillsets in teaching children.

On top of the P6,000 ($120) increase over three years, teachers are also entitled to various benefits such as:

Teachers are also entitled to various benefits such as:

  • Tuition subsidy for their children. It's a P1,000 ($20) monthly allowance for each child below age six and a P2,000 ($40) monthly allowance for each child above six years old. The subsidy covers all basic amenities like food and transportation fees at school.

  • Additional compensation in the form of honoraria up to P5,000 ($100) per month plus other allowances such as housing allowance or other miscellaneous expenses depending on rank and position held by teacher at DepEd-funded schools; or if they are self-employed then they will receive a fixed monthly salary as well as additional incentives based on performance/efficiency of services rendered by them during their tenure at DepEd-funded schools (e.g., bonuses).

Education assistance or tuition subsidy for their children;

  • Education assistance or tuition subsidy for their children.

  • Salary increase upon getting the first degree.

Additional compensation in the form of honoraria up to P5,000 ($100) per month; and

Additional compensation in the form of honoraria up to P5,000 ($100) per month; and

  • Honoraria are not part of your salary. They're one-time payments that you get for being hired by DepEd. The maximum amount is P5,000 ($100).

Transportation allowance up to P5,000 ($100) per month.

Transportation allowance is a government allowance given to public school teachers to help them cover their transportation expenses. It is paid in addition to the basic salary and can be as high as P5,000 ($100).

The transportation allowance is given only when you are assigned in areas where there are no public schools or good public transportation services. If your municipality does not have any public schools, then you will have no need for this allowance since most of the time both school and work hours are within the same municipality.

The government's total expenditure for the additional compensation ranges from P10 billion ($200 million) in 2019 to P15 billion ($300 million) in 2021.

The government's total expenditure for the additional compensation ranges from P10 billion ($200 million) in 2019 to P15 billion ($300 million) in 2021.

The Department of Education (DepEd) is already spending more than P1 billion ($20 million) per month on salaries and benefits of teachers, who have been on strike since June 8.

DepEd will focus on the hiring of qualified teachers.

The DepEd will focus on the hiring of qualified teachers.

The government has committed to prioritizing the hiring of qualified teachers and is expected to take steps in this direction.

Conclusion

The government will be hiring more qualified teachers. This will result in a more productive learning environment for students and teachers alike.

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