Pay Hike No Cure-all, Teachers told | Briones on Pay Hike

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Freeing the country’s teachers from the debt trap doesn’t rely solely on increasing their salaries, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

In a recent interview with reporters, Briones said while she didn’t oppose raising teachers’ salaries again, they should first be armed with financial literacy.

“All of you feel underpaid,” said Briones, addressing herself to teachers. “Even if I have an increase in salary, I will still feel that I’m underpaid.”

“That’s because your needs and wants will always exceed your resources. Having increased income is part of the solution but it will not totally [address the problem] because you only increase the capacity to borrow,” Briones said.

Depending on their level, teachers earn monthly salaries ranging from P19,000 to P43,000.

Pay Hike No Cure-all, Teachers told‘Drama’

But many teachers still resort to loans sometimes with usurious interest rates, giving rise to what Briones said was a “decades-old drama.”

This was the reason she said the Department of Education (DepEd) was currently offering financial literacy seminars for teachers in partnership with government financial institutions, like the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Briones said teachers should not feel insulted in attending such programs that were designed to protect them from overspending or living beyond their means.

She said the DepEd didn’t want what happened to 26,000 retiring teachers last year to be repeated. The teachers’ retirement pay went entirely to debt repayment. Others were sued by private lending institutions for estafa.

She expressed lament that the DepEd was being blamed for the teachers’ plight.

 

Getting all the blame

“DepEd is getting all the blame, but who benefited, who borrowed?” Briones said. “DepEd does not benefit a single centavo from all these activities. We are just asked to deduct [the teachers’] debts from their salaries.”

As the DepEd tried to settle at least P123 billion in debts owed by teachers to the GSIS, many teachers last month complained of getting a take-home pay of as low as P300, way below the ceiling for a take-home pay of at least P4,000 a month.

Briones said DepEd had since tried to correct this through Department Order No. 55.

The order required that the take-home pay ceiling was complied with and advised teachers, mostly from Metro Manila and provinces nearby, “to pay their loans directly to their respective lenders” if the loan payments were not automatically deducted from their salaries.

Briones also reminded teachers not to dip into their pockets to buy classroom supplies because funds for these were provided for in their schools’ maintenance and other operating expenses.

Teachers, Briones said, should report to the DepEd if they were forced to spend their own money on classroom supplies.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 

By: Jovic Yee – Reporter
Published: November 19, 2017


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  1. First and foremost the problem is not with how much is the salary the problem is how much teachers spent money for their classroom and for the supplies. Ei sana kung provided nalang ang materials sa classroom at mga supplies from DepEd not through MOOE kasi maraming pinaglalaanan ang MOOE. I agree na di solution ang salary increase pero sana hindi na huhugot sa sariling bulsa ang teachers for our materials from laptops, printers, projectors, ink, cabinets and mga school supplies na araw araw ginagamit. Sana provided na lahat yon ng Deped inside sa classroom dapat mayroon na individual laptops and printer yong mga teachers pati gamit sa classroom, at buwan buwan may delivery ng school supplies yong mga teacher gaya ng ibang govt offices lahat ng gamit sa office nila provided na lahat yon d na sila kailangang bumili pa ng laptop or computer for their office ballpen at bondpaper ink printer supply na lahat yon. Siguro by that buo ang sweldo ng teacher at yong mga new teacher d na kailangang magloan pa to buy all the things na kailangan sa classroom… Yan po kasi unang napupuntahan kapag new teacher nagloloan pangbili ng laptop printer at mga cabinets at iba pang gamit sa classroom. Sana wala nang classroom evaluation pag eevaluate dapat mga bata at mga records and reports lang huwag na if may ganiti or ganun sa classroom dagdag gastos lang kasi yan sa mga teachers.

  2. Our dear madam DepEd secretary, your purpose of saving teachers from debt is highly appreciated. If you blamed DepEd nor the teachers in having too much loans from different institutions and lending firms partly its true. But did you ever think bakit ang mga dakilang guro ay nagpapakapalan ng mukha sa pagpunta ng ng banko at iba pang lending firms to lend money? Sa ginawa ninyong pagpending sa lahat ng mga salary loans ng mga teachers, sa tingin niyo ba nasolusyonan ang problema? Yes, salary increase is not the solution. Pero kung sakali mang taasan ang sahod namin do you think nararapat lang dahil sa sakripisyong ginampanan namin sa paglilingkod sa bayan? Lahat nagtaasan na as promise by the president, teachers lang ang wala.
    Huwag niyo na kaming taasan ng sahod madam secretary,ngunit huwag niyong pakialaman kung saan namin ginagamit ang mga perang niloan namin dahil hindi mo alam ang buhay namin. Ilang teachers ba ang nagloan dahil sa pagpapa-aral ng mga anak dahil sa kagustuhang mabigyan ng magandang bukas? Ilang teachers ba ang nagloan dahil sa pagtulong sa mga magulang at kapatid na mga nangangailangan? Ilang teachers ho ba ang nagloan dahil sa pangangailangang medical na di kayang tustusan ng mga insurances nating pipiranggot? Kung sakali mang nagloan ang teachers upang bumili ng sasakyan, bahay at pambayad sa mga alahas na kinuhang hulugan dahil hindi kayang bumili ng cash dapat ba nating husgahan na ito ay luho? Ilang libo ang nagasto namin sa pamasahe sa araw-araw sa ilang taon?Kung susumahin ho ninyo kaya ng bumili ng bagong sasakyan.Kung nagrerenta ng bahay, Ilang libo-libo ba ang aming nababayad sa mga bahay na di naman naging amin?Ang mga alahas na hinuhulugan na sa panahon ng pangangailangan dahil PENDING ANG SALARY LOAN ay sa pawnshop pinababantayan? Lalo niyo lang ho pinalala ang sitwasyon ng mga guro. May mga nangangailangan ho ngayong guro na dahil sa pending ang salary loan ay hindi nakapagpagamot. Madaming bahay ang pending din dahil kulang sa pambili ng materyales, at higit sa lahat mga estudyanteng di nakapag-enrol dahil pending ang loan ng nanay.Patungkol naman sa mga gurong ginagamit ang sariling pera sa pagpapaayos ng kani-kanilang classroom ay kami ho atang lahat Mahihinto lang ho ito kapag natigil ang walang patumanggang experimental programs ng mga nasa deped din na kung magdemand sa teacher ay abot hanggang langit.But did you hear us say no?wala. Wala din kaming natatanggap na ayoda para sa mga programs nila at kung meron man it cannot suffice the expences that we need to make our classroom comfortable, presentable and effecient for them.Save us madam secretary by changing the salary mode of teachers. Make it 15 and 30 instead of having it one month. Higher the required take home pay of teachers to 6000 okay lang bastat ibigay niyo muna ang salary increase na nararapat. From there madam secretary you can see the difference and achieve the purpose of saving teachers from debt.

    1. Very well said madam Santiago… 👍

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