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President Marcos, Jr. Set to Enact Increased Teaching Allowance for Public School Teachers on June 3, 2024

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is poised to approve the “Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act” on June 3, as per lawmakers. This legislation will bring about an augmentation in the annual teaching allowance for public school educators.

Under the new law’s stipulations, the teaching allowance is set to escalate from P5,000 to P10,000 commencing in the academic year 2025-2026.

Senator Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr., the Senate’s author and sponsor, elucidated, “[Due to the rising cost of goods, the teaching allowance] is no longer sufficient. Often, teachers have to dip into their own pockets to purchase teaching materials.”

The “Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act” marks a substantial advancement. Historically, public school teachers have received allowances for their teaching-related expenditures, starting from P100 in 1988 and increasing to P5,000 by 2021.

Senator Bong Revilla, Jr. emphasized that the implementation of this act will assist teachers in covering additional expenses such as internet connectivity, electricity, laptops, and other essentials for the blended learning approach.

“This is a momentous occasion for our beloved teachers. They will finally see the rewards of our efforts that began five years ago,” the senator remarked.

Additionally, House Deputy Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro commended the legislation, noting its significant contribution to enhancing teachers’ tools and resources.

“This is a long-awaited acknowledgment of the pivotal role our teachers play in molding the minds of our future generations… I am delighted that after years of persistence, our teachers will finally receive the backing they deserve,” Representative Castro expressed.

Despite this progress, Benjo Basas, National Chairperson for Teachers Dignity Coalition, continues to advocate for an increase in teachers’ salaries.

“We also hope that our call for a substantial salary increase for our teachers will be addressed,” Basas emphasized.


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