The government has to shell out around P150 billion if it would give public school teachers a salary increase of P10,000 per month, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Tuesday.
The initial estimate, she told radio DZMM, does not include the teachers' performance bonus.
"Are we, citizens, prepared to pay additional taxes to cover the P150 billion kasi magiging permanent part ng salary nila iyun (because that will be a permanent part of their salary)?" she asked.
Briones noted that teachers are already a beneficiary of the Salary Standardization Law, which raised the monthly pay of entry-level teachers to P20,754.
On top of this, teachers also receive a hazard pay and allowances.
Teachers are also compensated even during the 2-month summer vacation and for serving in the election board during the polls.
"Maybe we have to consider na at the rate that we are going, hindi naman na pinaka-api ang teachers (teachers are not the ones suffering the most)," said Briones.
DZMM, June 4, 2019