THE country’s more than 900,000 public school teachers are set to receive their P1,000 World Teachers’ Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB) on Wednesday, October 5, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations said on Monday
Quezon City Rep. Marvin Rillo said Republic Act No. 10743 also declared October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Day to pay tribute to those engaged in the teaching profession.
“We have an itemized sum of P925 million that is meant to pay for the WTDIB of our teachers this year. The amount is specified in the 2022 General Appropriations Act,” Rillo said.
“A special provision in this year’s budget law also stipulates that the money earmarked for the WTDIB will be released during the annual World Teachers’ Day celebration,” Rillo added.
Rillo also said Congress is determined to sustain the annual funding for WTDIB.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) designated October 5 of every year as World Teachers’ Day to celebrate the vital role of teachers in guiding children and adolescents through the learning process.
The observance marks the anniversary of the October 5, 1966 global adoption of the Unesco-International Labor Organization Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.
The approved document proclaimed the international benchmarks on the rights and responsibilities of teachers.
It also laid down the universal standards for the initial preparation, recruitment, employment and continuing education of teachers.
Unesco’s theme for World Teachers’ Day 2022 is “The transformation of education begins with teachers.”
In commemoration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, a lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to upgrade the minimum wage of public school teachers.
Earlier, Quezon City Fifth District Rep. PM Vargas filed House Bill 4070 to adjust the minimum salary grade level of public school teachers from Salary Grade (SG) 11 currently at P25,439 to SG 19 or P49,835.
In the bill, Vargas said the salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall then be adjusted accordingly.
“With the rising costs of living, many teachers still struggle with the financial limitations of their profession while maintaining the delivery of quality education to our students amid the pandemic,” Vargas said.
Teacher organizations have been lobbying for salary increases since the 18th Congress, arguing that Republic Act No. 11466 or the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 was not enough to sustain their living conditions amid inflation and the pandemic, said the lawmaker.
Similar bills filed in the 18th Congress failed to get past committee review despite clamor from teacher groups.
There are now at least 15 bills filed in the 19th Congress seeking to increase the salary of teachers in the country and are all currently pending in the House Committee on Appropriations.
“This World Teachers Day, it is my hope that we recognize and justly compensate our noble teachers who shape the minds that shape the nation,” Vargas said.
Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz