DBM to study teachers’ pay hike in 2019
Teachers can push their luck by then.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has thumbed down calls to raise teachers’ salaries this 2018, but kept the window open for an increase in the coming years.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said a salary hike for teachers isn’t part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s priorities for 2018, as the government already doubled the pay of soldiers, cops, and uniformed personnel.
But all hope is not lost, as the DBM said they will study the proposal for teachers next year.
“At around First Quarter of 2019, the DBM will commission an independent firm to do a benchmarking on the salary of teachers and other government personnel such as doctors, nurses, and lawyers,” the agency said in a statement.
“Based on the results of this study, the DBM will propose the appropriate level of compensation for government workers.”
The last tranche of the Salary Standardization Law will take effect by 2019, which is the last wave of salary increases for government employees.