Philstar Opinion: Let’s Take Care of Our Teachers

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Philstar Opinion I’m glad that President Duterte has overruled his Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno who wanted to once again give priority to the government’s focus on “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure projects – something that has been ongoing since the start of the current administration and something which, quite frankly, is a tree from which we have yet to see fruit. Still, the budget secretary remains keen on pouring more of the national budget here than into other projects that are in desperate need of funding. With this focus in mind,…

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

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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…