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Problem solved: Belmonte sees no need for dialogue with teachers

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There is no reason to hold a dialogue with public teachers in Quezon City, this is as far as Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is concerned.

The lady politiko said Sunday that the 37-member city council has already resolved the allowance concerns and other issues involving over 15,000 public school teachers in the city.

She noted that their issues have already been addressed even before they staged a rally at the city hall last Friday (July 6).

“I would like to clarify to the public that out of the five concerns they raised in addition to their opposition to drug testing, the following concerns have already been addressed by the city council via legislation before the said rally even took place,” said Belmonte, who is the presiding officer of the city council.

During last Friday’s rally, the city’s public school teachers trooped to city hall asking for a dialogue with Mayor Herbert Bautista to discuss the delay in the release of their allowances, salary increase, and even the mandatory drug test for teachers and non-teaching personnel. Bautista did not face the teachers.

In reaction to the rally, Belmonte said the city councilors have already approved the increase in the supplemental monthly allowance of teachers from P1,000 to P1,500 and the increase in longevity pay from P200 to P300.

“This was passed by the city council just recently. You should be receiving P300 per year of service upon retirement. But this starts in your sixth year of service. That is what longevity pay means,” she explained.

The adjustment in the quarterly rice allowance from P1,500 to P2,000 for teaching and non-teaching staff has been passed in the first reading, she added.

The teachers also called on the local government to return the allowance disbursement platform from mobile money system Globe BanKo back to Land Bank of the Philippines, saying since the transfer to Globe BanKo, they have experienced up to a year’s delay in the issuance of allowances.

Belmonte said the issue is under the jurisdiction of the Office of the City Mayor, while the salary increase could only be mandated by the national government.