Sec. Diokno: Doubling Public School Teachers’ Pay “Not a Priority”

diokno on salary increase for teachers

Despite the President’s promise to double the pay of public school teachers, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday it would take a backseat to more pressing programs needed to be funded, including the ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure rollout. Diokno said in a press conference that for the 600,000 public school teachers, the government may have to shell out half a trillion pesos if plans to double their salaries push through. “That is not our priority at this time. Our priority is the ‘Build, Build, Build’ and social protection. I think we…