Tinio, Castro react to pay hike for cops, soldiers: What about gov’t employees, teachers?

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ACT Teachers partylist Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro demanded that government set aside funding for a salary increase for all government employees, especially teachers, after the House of Representatives passed on second reading a measure raising the base pay of policemen and soldiers.

“Government employees cannot rely on the administration’s promise that ‘darating tayo diyan’ because civilians in the bureaucracy also need substantial salary increases now,” said Tinio during the debates on House Joint Resolution 18 last Wednesday.

“We have long been demanding for this, but the DBM would always answer ‘walang pera’ or no budget. But now, there’s suddenly a huge budget of P40 billion for MUP,” he lamented.

Castro said teachers in particular deserve higher pay considering the high cost of living.

”The P19,000 salary for Teacher I is very far from the standard family living wage of P1,145 per day. Due to the meager salary, teachers are forced to shell out from usurious loans. Teachers buy their own teaching materials,” she said.

The Makabayan solons noted that the P40 billion which the Duterte administration quickly found for MUP is almost the same as the P50 billion needed per tranche of the salary increase for all employees under Executive Order 201 or Salary Standardization Law 4.

“This shows that government can provide the budget if they want to. As the saying goes—Kapag gusto, maraming paraan. Kapag ayaw, maraming dahilan,” Tinio said.