Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has vowed to fight for the salary increase, which the teachers have been clamoring for.
Sen. Bongbong made the promise during the gathering of thousands of teachers in Camarines Sur to celebrate the 2014 National Teacher Month and the World Teachers Day held last Monday (October 6) at the Jesse Robredo Coliseum in Naga City.
The Senator announced that he will pursue the aspiration of the Filipino teachers for salary increase when the budget proposal for 2015 reaches the Senate for deliberation.
“Asahan ninyo, pagdating ng budget sa amin (sa Senado) ay ipipilit namin na ‘yang pay raise ng mga teacher na matagal na naming ipinaglalaban ay sana naman itong taon na ito ay makikita na,” he said.
A proposal in the House of Representatives has sought to raise the current minimum monthly teacher’s pay of P18,594 to P25,000. “Do not lose patience with your government. Do not lose patience with your government officials. Always remember that in the government, there are those of us who recognize the importance of education, who recognize the importance of teachers,” Sen. Bongbong said.
He said that to be effective, a teacher must have a good condition of employment, sufficient salary and potential for a career move or improvement, healthy and conducive workplace, quality trainings, and effective management in teacher recruitment and deployment. “That is why we continue to fight for the right, the benefit, the training and the support that the teachers need,” he said.
The Senator also said education is the most important service that the state can give to its subjects.
“Kaya asahan po ninyo na walang pagod po kaming maghahanap ng paraan para lahat ng 500,000 plus na teachers all around the country will finally have the support and will finally have the assistance that they require being parents themselves,” he said.