DepEd Targets Non-Financial Benefits for Teachers After Receiving Pay Hike in 2019
The Department of Education (DepEd) will study possible more non-financial benefits for teachers amid calls for salary hikes.
A few years ago, DepEd and a group of teachers have been asking for a salary increase, which was fulfilled in 2019. Public school teachers have expressed their gratitude for the pay hike after years of hard work.
Recently, the agency will focus on studying possible non-financial benefits for hardworking teachers.
On Wednesday (August 3, 2022), DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said that the agency will target non-financial benefits they can give to teachers. He also clarified his previous statement and explained that allowances are always a possibility in non-wage benefits.
“I have to apologize and correct myself with that. Allowances are always a possibility in non-wage benefits, But in terms of the budget, I mean, this is still an ongoing study so I don’t want to preempt the results, but we are also, I think, the focus now is looking at non-financial benefits,” Poa said.
Poa also revealed that health insurance has been one of the most requested benefits. He is also thinking of free training for promotion as one of the possible non-financial benefits for teachers.
The Education Department official said that teachers usually spend a huge amount of cash for training.
The DepEd officer also debunked the misconception that teachers receive low salaries. The latter explained that teachers’ salary has already increased in 2019 with an entry-level salary of P23,000.
The agency aims to increase the entry-level salary to P27,000 by 2023.
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