Tuesday, 16 March 2010

PGMA to DBM: Ensure funds for next round of salary hike for teachers, other civil servants


MANILA (PNA) -- President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo has ordered the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to undertake the necessary preparations for the continuing implementation of the government's Salary Standardization Law (SSL).

"I told DBM to ensure funds for the next round of salary increase for teachers and other civil servants," she announced during her school inspection activity in Camarines Norte province on Monday.

She noted that the SSL is part of the government's support for teachers and other government employees to help improve their lives.

The government earlier increased from P9,000 to P14,000 the monthly salary of public school teachers holding Teacher 1 position, she said.

President Arroyo said she approved the SSL so the government can rationalize salaries of some 1.5 million civil servants nationwide.

Such rationalization aims to bring the civil servants' salaries closer to compensation levels in the private sector.

The national government is implementing SSL in four tranches over a four-year period beginning July 2009.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has lauded the Arroyo administration for the SSL implementation, noting authorities allocated in the 2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA) nearly P19 billion for the salary increase's maiden tranche.

CSC said SSL's initial implementation across local government units is scheduled beginning January 2010.

Aside from helping improve the lives of civil servants, the government is optimistic SSL will help enhance their work performance and generate consumer spending amid the global financial crunch.

To help boost teachers' capability, President Arroyo said the government already released P2 billion for their training, particularly in improving their English language skills.

Such training is needed as government adapted English to be the medium of instruction in schools nationwide.

English is the main language for international transactions.

"I also earlier formed the Presidential Task Force on Education to look into our education system," President Arroyo said.

She noted this aims to identify the education system's gaps and weaknesses so authorities can make recommendations to address these.

The President said authorities will endorse these recommendations to the next administration.

1 comment:

  1. the right benefit must be given to public school teachers because their financial obligations do not end at home or to their family but also in school often teachers provide their students need like pencils or ballpens and papers also teachers spend money on their own pocket in the beautification of their classrooms to make it for conducive to learning.