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Private School Teachers to have Salary Increase via House Bill 5166

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Teacher solon files bill increasing minimum monthly salary of private school teachers

Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro filed House Bill 5166 Increasing the Minimum Salaries of Private School Teachers to P30,000 per month. The solon said private school teachers, particularly those assigned in basic education and outside the National Capital Region suffer unequal treatment when it comes to their salaries and benefits.


”Those against increasing the salaries of public school teachers often argue that they already have salaries higher than teachers in private schools. They claim that there would be a migration of teachers from private school teachers to public schools when their salaries increase,” Castro said. “It is true that many private schools receive lower salaries than public school teachers. That is why we filed a bill increasing the minimum monthly salaries of private school teachers to P30,000.”

The 2010 Revised Manual for Regulation of Private Schools in Basic Education of the DepEd provides for the sharing of increments in tuition increases, that is, 70% of the tuition collection must be allocated to the salaries and/or wages of teaching and non-teaching personnel. “The right of private school teachers and their education support personnel must not be made dependent or conditioned on tuition increases,” Castro added.

“Private school teachers, like their counterpart in the public sector have long been calling for a substantial increase in their salaries. Teachers in the private sector are not spared from huge class sizes and additional tasks apart from their teaching responsibility. They are also overworked and underpaid,” Castro stated. “Many private school teachers receive salaries that does not commensurate to their status as teachers. There are even reports of private elementary and high school teachers being paid salaries ranging from P3,000 to P6,000. This despite being licensed professional teachers and possess the necessary and desirable qualifications for teaching.”

According to the Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry for the Education sector for all establishment in 2015, there were already 43,900 primary and elementary private school teachers, 94,300 general secondary private school teachers and 28,700 private pre-primary or pre-school teachers.

“Filipinos are left struggling to make ends meet as prices of basic commodities and necessities such as food, rent, electricity, water and gas remain high. Private school teachers are no exceptions. They are struggling to put food on their tables as the higher cost of living continues to hit them. Thus, we support their resounding call of teachers in both public and private sector for the immediate grant of substantial salary increases now,” Castro ended.

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8 thoughts on “Private School Teachers to have Salary Increase via House Bill 5166”

  1. Mona Liza B. Ola Casan

    Totoo pong merong subsidy ang high school teachers through PEAC pero kung tutuusin po nahuhulog lng na 1,800 per month tapos ang mga elem teachers wala silang natanggap
    Baka pwd isali rin sila…Anyway we are all teachers who are molding and nurturing the learners and besides we are all tax payers….Hindi makaya ng school owners/stakeholders na tataasan ang salary kasi nagdedepende yan sa income ng schools.
    Sana mabigyang pansin po ito ng government dahil sa totoo lng po ang dami pong benefits ng public school teachers na wala po sa private teachers…
    God bless

  2. Depende cguro yun kung magbibigay ba ang gobyerno ng karagdagan na subsidy sa mga pribadong paaralan, kasi hindi lahat naman ng private schools ay mataas ang tuition fee namakapagbibigay ng ganun kalaki na sahod, although kami gustohin man nmin na magtaas ng sahod hindi talaga maibigay ang ganun ka laki kasi we are only depending on government’s subsidy kasi yung school namin is free of tuition. Yung mga studyante 100 pesos lang bayarin for miscellaneous every month. Minsan nga yung iba hindi pa makabigay. Our school caters those individuals who belongs to the lowest rank of our society that wanted to get a quality education of a private school. Kaya sa panukala na ito maapektuhan talaga yung paaralan namin. Mas maganda pag maipasa yung bill na ganito sana dagdagan din nila ang subsidy na binibigay nila sa private schools para din naman makapagbigay din kami ng ganun kalaki na sahod sa aming mga teachers.

  3. nagpapasalamat ako, na napansin ninyo ang katayuan naming nasa pribadong paaralan. lalong lalo na sa mga nasa probinsiya. sa mga tumutuligsa sa panukala, totoo po na negosyo ang tingin sa pribadong shool, pero ang usapin po dito ay ang katayuan ng mga guro. kasi tuition lang po talaga ang sinasabing basehan ng sahod. kaya tama lang na iangat ang basehan sa minimum wage ng mga guro sa pribado. salary subsidy sa lahat ng antas (elem to college) at mga benefits gaya ng “service credits” at “leave credits” ay magandang pag-isipan.

  4. Private Education Assistance Committee( PEAC)should sit with ACT PARTYLIST Representative to come up with the proposed SALARY INCREASE for Private School Teachers by increasing the Government Subsidy to Private Schools.

  5. Nicolas Ulysses G. Fabella

    The goveenment cannot standardize the salary of teachers in the public school. How come it will subsidize the salary of private school teachers? GASTPE and ESC should be reviewed because school owners are benefitting much from it. This is preposterous!

  6. While the intention may be good, it needs to be thought out well first. Higher pay means higher tuition. Higher tuition, then more people will opt to go to the public school system which as of today cannot even adequately support the proper education of its current stakeholders. There is a lack of infrastructure to support learning and their budget is just a small portion of the national budget. Education is not the priority of the government as is is already spread out thinly on various issues. If they do want to help the teachers then why not congressmen give their pork barrel to supplement teacher’s salary both in public and private?
    The bill itself is unnecessary, once PRRD approves the increase in salary of the public school teachers, private institutions will follow suit in an attempt to retain the good teachers in accordance to their current capacity to pay. Implementation of this bill will have an abrupt impact on the private schools as they will need to reassess their operational capabilities.


    Because that’s what small private schools like us could afford to pay. We have very low tuition fee to meet the needs and demands of stakeholders. If the government demands of us to pay our teachers that much then we should have subsidy from the government.

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