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Duterte assures teachers of pay hike; proposed increase under governme
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Duterte assures teachers of pay hike; proposed increase under government study

June 13 ------ The government is working on the proposed salary increase for public school teachers in the country, President Duterte announced on Wednesday. In his visit to Cagayan de Oro, the President has assured the public school teachers that they would be next to receive a pay hike after the government adjusted the compensation of soldiers and policemen. “Inuna ko sila. Ang sunod  will be the teachers. We are working on it,” Duterte said during the oath-taking of newly elected local government officials of Cagayan de Oro. “There are millions of teachers,” he said, adding there are only several thousands of cops and soldiers. Duterte explained that the government has doubled the salary of the soldiers and cops in recognition of their sacrifice and hard work.

He said he gave them priority in the pay hike because they put their lives on the line to serve and protect the nation. “If you want a strong country, you have to have a strong Army,” he said. Recently, Malacañang urged the public school teachers to wait patiently as the government looks for the budget for the proposed salary hike. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government would have to spend P150 billion if it would grant a P10,000-pay increase for public school teachers. Economic managers, he said, are still looking for the possible sources of funding for the salary adjustment for teachers. Panelo said the President remains committed to providing a salary increase for public school teachers as promised. Public school teachers have reportedly called for a P10,000 salary increase to help cope with the rising consumer prices in the country.