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Solon says raising teachers’ pay could be DU30’s greatest legacy

Raising teachers’ pay and free public school students of tuition, if realized, could be President Duterte’s greatest legacy to the Filipino people.

According to Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, increasing the salaries of teachers by 100 percent is a long overdue gesture to honor our teachers.
“If we have doubled the pay of our uniformed personnel, why not the teachers too who mold the future leaders of our nation. Certainly, this will be the greatest legacy of the Duterte presidency,” Batocabe said.
Recently Congress approved a bill that raised the salaries of the uniformed personnel of government by 100 percent.
Batocabe explained the proposed teachers’ pay increase would have the same impact as Republic Act (RA) No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act which would free college education.
“It’s probably the same in terms of impact since these are investments in the future of our nation,” the Ako Bicol lawmaaker said.
“The well-being, quality and productivity of the next generation depends on these twin investments in our human resources. The effect of these investments will last for generations,” he said.
Batocabe said RA 10931 will do away with the collection of tuition and other school fees.
Scheduled for implementation this year, the law covers students from the country’s 114 State Universities and Colleges, 16 Local Universities and Colleges accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and 122 Technical-Vocational Institutions under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House committee on appropriations, said the oversight function of Congress would assist the CHEd and the participating educational institutions in making sure that deserving students or those who truly want to study will benefit from the free college tuition program.
“The House may hold hearings after every semester to check on the implementation of RA 10931, particularly on how it is helping less fortunate families in getting their children to college. After all, this is the spirit of the law,” Nograles said.

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