GOOD NEWS: Duterte pledges pay hike for public school teachers
President Duterte has pledged to raise the salaries of public school teachers this year following the recent pay hike granted to soldiers.
In his visit to Bulacan, the President invited representatives of school teachers to visit Malacañang this month to finalize an agreement on the planned salary increase.
“I am willing to strike a deal in the presence of (Education) Secretary (Leonor) Briones sa mga maestra. You can choose the date January, bilisan lang ninyo [just make it fast] then we can make even an agreement or manifesto or choose whatever kind of document, kayo ang isusunod ko this year,” Duterte told the teachers gathered at the groundbreaking of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National High School in Bulacan.
Duterte said he already talked to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno about the funds needed for the proposed salary adjustment for public school teachers this year. He explained that he prioritized the pay hike of soldiers in anticipation of the deadly terror siege in Marawi City in 2017.
“Nanay ko teacher. Ako ba naman magloko sa inyo [My mother was a teacher. I will not fool you] but I was talking to Diokno at the year end to find out how things are, could we afford,” he said.
“I can maybe accommodate your representatives, pumunta kayo sa Malacañang,” he added.
Duterte however was not keen on meeting any left-leaning school teachers at the Palace.
“Huwag ‘yung left, magsabi pa sila na hindi sila komunista, magbolohan pa tayo. Galing ako dyan eh. I’ve been a socialist all my life,” he said.
Duterte made the remarks after some lawmakers expressed concern about the possible delay in the salary hike for government workers due to the non-passage of the 2019 national budget. The government is currently operating on a reenacted budget.
SOURCE: Manila Bulletin