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Group to Diokno: Public school teachers are not being paid well by government

A teachers group debunked the claim of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that public school teachers are being paid well by the government.

Benjo Basas, national chairman of Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), said the claim of Diokno that teachers have a take- home pay of P26,000 per month is not true.
“This time, Mr. Diokno employed the computation of former Budget Secretary Butch Abad, we referred to it as A BAD computation,” Basas said.
He explained it is a simple addition of all the salaries, allowances and bonuses of teachers and then the sum is divided into 12 and the quotient is declared by Diokno as the average monthly take-home pay.
However, the TDC official said Diokno missed the fact that most of these bonuses are given once a year in a specific date and for specific purpose like in the case of teachers’ chalk allowance.
He reiterated that all other benefits are like productivity enhancement incentive (PEI), productivity-based bonus (PBB), clothing allowance are also given to other employees.
The group staged a protest action at the Department of Budget and Management last Monday where they were allowed to enter the premises of the office and had a dialog with one of its assistant secretaries, they were convinced that Secretary Diokno was consistent with his statement—teachers were not priority.
The group trooped to DBM to protest what they called a very insensitive statement made by the secretary last week when he said on national TV that the increase in salaries of public mentors is not a priority.
After about half an hour of negotiation, they were allowed to enter the office and received by Assistant Secretary Myrna Chua.
Basas said the meeting was not well as some of the teachers insisted to talk to Diokno to ask him to explain further his “hurtful” statement.
Chua explained to them that the secretary, while also in the office, was very busy attending to more important meetings.
The teachers said they were willing to wait up to lunch break to ensure that the secretary would meet them even for just five minutes, they further explained that they might come late to their classes or even fail to report to school because most of them had afternoon schedules.
Chua told the teachers the secretary’s quoted statement was taken out of context.
The teachers further asked for a minute and finally even a 30-second encounter with the secretary.
Chua said they might just want to have a photo op which enraged a TDC member from Muntinlupa, Ryan de la Cruz, who replied they went to DBM to talk to the secretary not to take a photo opportunity which prompted Chua to walk out and leave the teachers at the executive lounge.
Basas said the State should have assigned the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfilment based on the provisions of the Constitution.
He further said while they are paid more than their counterpart in the private sector most of these private schools fail to comply with the labor standards—job security, minimum wage, right to organize and to collectively bargain and the like.
And some of the teachers in private schools are not eligible to teach in public schools and some are waiting for the results of the licensure examination.

2 comments

  • Ramer B. Tianela

    Sec. Diokno's snubbing teachers with "I got a meeting" is a lame excused, while the President is trying his way to provide for his promises, Sec. Diokno's statement undermines his President recent pronouncement, I think he should resign , if he cannot follow his leader!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ramer B. Tianela Saturday, 20 January 2018 18:23 Comment Link
  • Adela

    This article is awesome !!

    Adela Friday, 19 January 2018 19:43 Comment Link

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