over BuCor’s recruitment of teachers, calls on gov’t to increase
Alliance of Concerned
September 3, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers expressed concern over the recently
released call for licensed teachers to apply for Correction
Technical Officer positions under the Bureau of Corrections, saying
that this might lessen further the already inadequate number of
active teachers in public schools.
ACT research shows that
BuCor Technical Officers receive a starting salary of P29,668.00.
Entry-level teachers under the Department of Education, on the other
hand, get only a monthly salary of P20,179.00. BuCor Technical
Officers got more than 100% salary increase in March 2018, when the
salary adjustments for BuCor personnel were implemented to harmonize
with the existing salary levels of uniformed personnel which were
doubled in January.
“DepEd recently said that
that the reason why many teaching positions remain unfilled is
because of insufficiency in the number of qualified applicants. If
this is true, how will the education system cope if teachers would
be forced out of the profession in search of decent and livable
wages?” asked Raymond Basilio, Secretary-General of the Alliance of
Concerned Teachers Philippines.
He explained further that
the situation only prove the “dilemma and inconsistencies that come
about when salary adjustments in government are done one-sidedly.”
“While Budget Secretary
Benjamin Diokno speaks about studying the salary scheme in
government to match the prevailing rates in the private sector, what
he should be doing instead is to remedy the distorted salary scheme
within the government itself by effecting immediately a substantive
increase in the salaries of civilian public employees to be at par
with the uniformed personnel,” Basilio asserted.
He explained that teachers
are suffering the double burden of insufficient number of teachers
and low salaries. A major factor in the overloading of teachers and
large class size is the insufficient number of active teachers.
Teachers’ salaries, on the other hand, could no longer meet the
needs of their families. He stressed that, “by the day, the
purchasing power of teachers’ salaries gets eroded by inflation and
they are in no way commensurate to the multiple roles which teachers
take on in school,” Basilio said.
“We unfortunately see no
signs of the promised wage hike for teachers as the Duterte
government proposed for budget cuts in education in 2019 while DepEd
Sec. Leonor Briones betrayed the teachers when she readily accepted
the cuts in the recent Congress budget hearing,’ said Basilio.
Earlier last week, the DBM-proposed
budget for DepEd was deliberated in Congress, in which a P77B cut on
DepEd’s proposal for 2019 was presented to the Committee on
“If we want to improve the
education system, we must allot ample resources for it, which
include budget for higher salaries and additional staff. Otherwise,
it is our fear that the number of educators will continue to go down
and transfer to jobs with better pay such as the ones in BuCor,”
Basilio called on the
President to make good on his promise to teachers, “if the President
can do it for uniformed personnel as well as employees in BuCor,
surely he can and he must do the same for teachers.”
“Teachers’ Month is fast
approaching, with the opening only three days away. Teachers and
their significant contribution to society can best be honored by
implementing a salary increase and by providing a higher budget for
education,” concluded Basilio.