Duterte vows salary increase for public teachers

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday revived his promise to increase teachers' salaries.

"I will make sure you are next," he said during the groundbreaking rites of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar National high School at Bragy. Sta. Ana.

He did not mention how much additional pay he wants to give however, he explained why the government failed to give teachers higher salaries in previous years, saying he had to prioritize doubling the pay of soldiers for national security.

"Nanay ko teacher ako ba naman manloko sa inyo (My mother is a teacher, I won't lie to you)," Duterte said. "I was talking to budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno at the yearend to find out how things are - can we afford. Sabi ko sa kanya inuna ko ang sundalo bacause alam ko ano mangyari (I told him I prioritized soldiers because I knew something would happen)."

Education Secretary Leonor Briones clarified that whether the promised increase came through or not, teachers would still get raise this year under the fourth and last tranche of salary increases for government employees.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the fourth and last tranche of the salary increase for government workers would be released in February.

However, Diokno said that Duterte's promised for the teacher's salary increased needs an additional budget of P343.7 billion if implemented this year, CNN Philippines reported.

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