EVEN while still in the Senate, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has already been pushing for legislations that would raise teachers’ salaries from salary grade 11 to salary grade 15, which is also one of his major campaign advocacies now that he is running for the highest post in the land.
On January 24, 2012, the former senator first submitted Senate Bill (SB) No. 3106, or An Act Upgrading the Minimum Salary Grade of Public School Teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15.
Unfortunately, it did not pass on the first reading prompting him to file Senate Bill No. 109, which again sought to raise teachers’ compensation from salary grade 11 to 15 on July 1, 2013. Again, the bill was not enacted.
Despite those setbacks, Marcos said he will continue to push for programs and reforms designed to uplift the quality of life for teachers, and consequently inspire them to provide the highest quality of service and teaching to their students.
“We need to provide our teachers with all the necessary support because they were the ones who were molding our young students to become better, responsible and productive citizens who in turn would become the country’s future leaders,” Marcos said.
Marcos said that after winning the presidency, he will increase the salaries of public school teachers, adding that he will also provide free training and scholarships to their children.
To recall, at the recent presidential debate at SMNI, Marcos stated that one of the things he wants to do for education is to offer decent benefits and adequate salaries for teachers.
“Suportahan natin ang ating mga guro, ‘yung sapat ang kanilang sahod, at hindi late dumating ‘yung sahod nila, lahat ng benepisyo na nasa batas ay maibigay natin sa kanila ng sa ganoon ay mawala ang kanilang alalahanin sa sarili at pamilya,” Marcos said during SMNI presidential debate.
“Bukod pa diyan hindi lang dapat natin sila sinusuportahan financially, suportahan din natin sila sa pag-aaral, retraining, refresher course para maituro nila ‘yung pinakabago para sa mga bata,” he added. With Blessie Amor Vicente and Joanne Rosario (OJTs)