Duterte: 2nd tax reform package should fund teachers’ pay hike

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MANILA, January 9, 2018 — President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed his Cabinet to find means to augment the salary of Filipino school teachers.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Tuesday said the President issued the directive to increase teachers’ basic pay during last Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

Roque said President Duterte ordered the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and other agencies to include a provision in the second tax reform package to fund the said initiative.

“(The President) says that there will have to be tangible results of any implementation of the second tax reform package. And he said that that should be the increase in teachers’ salary,” Roque said.

This comes after Congress’ passage of a joint resolution increasing the basic pay of military and other uniformed personnel in government.

Roque said similar to the pay hike for soldiers, police, and other uniformed personnel, teachers could also enjoy doubled salaries once the second package of tax reforms is passed.

“He did not say how much… But judging by what he wanted for the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it could be that he is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers,” Roque said. (PCO-Content)

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