Public school teachers and other government workers will get salary increases in 2020 as the government will look for ways to effect the pay raise, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said.
“No salary increase this year nor next year but in 2020 as teachers are still expecting two more tranches of salary increase in 2018 and 2019 under the Salary Standardization Law,” Roque said in a news conference.
“The entire Cabinet affirmed the President’s directive that we will continue to look for ways and means to effect and increase the teachers’ salary but beginning 2020, not 2019,” the Presidential spokesperson said.
“The rationale for this is that the last tranche of the salary increase under Salary Standardization Law will be implemented in 2019,” he added.
He said the aim was not only to increase the salary of public school teachers but also the salary of all workers in the public sector.
“So it’s teachers and the public sector,” he said.
Currently, public school teachers’ salaries range from P19,000 to P43,000, depending on their level. In addition, they get allowances and bonuses.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said that it is better to consider the pay hike in 2020, which comes after the full implementation of salary standardization law.
Under the SSL, all government worker, including public school teachers, will have an average pay increase of 15 to 16 percent. Another pay hike will be experienced the following year.