Posted on May 22nd, 2009
Public school teachers will soon be receiving a P6,000 pay hike spread over four years. That is because the House of Representatives has unanimously approved on final reading a resolution granting salary increases to all government workers, including public school teachers.
According to Speaker Prospero Nograles, the House Joint Resolution 36, which passed 178 to 0, â€œwould upgrade, rationalize and standardizeâ€ the compensation of all government employees starting this July. â€œThis program applies to all civilian government personnel, regardless of status. Military and uniformed personnel are also covered by a separate compensation system provided under HJR 36,â€ Nograles said.
The salary upgrades which would cost a total of P150 billion, would be implemented gradually over the next four years, said Quirino Rep. Junie Cua, chair of the appropriations committee. â€œAll told, this will rationalize the salaries of government officials depending on their rank, skills, work and education requirement,â€ he said.
Just like in private companies where employees are classified in ranks, government employees are also categorized as sub-professionals, professionals and executives.
Nograles noted however, that the salary adjustment for the President, Vice President and members of Congress would not apply to incumbents.
Meanwhile, the salary increases in the said resolution was assailed by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) as being inequitable. They said that government employees in the sub-professional level will receive a 28 to 36 percent increase, while those in the professional level will receive a 38 to 100 percent increase. The ACT further added that those in the executive category will receive an increase between 71 to 142 percent.