In addition to transferring administrative duties, speaking on behalf of the Department of Education, Atty. Michael Poa indicated that DepEd was also considering providing "non-basic wage" benefits to teachers in order to supplement their pay. According to the DepEd spokeswoman, there must be a balance because raising the base pay for instructors could have an impact on the availability of staff in the private school sector.

“If we make it too high, it will really affect the private sector because teachers might transfer from private sector to the government. Or, baka hindi kayanin ng private sector tapatan, baka magsara ‘yung private sector (Or, the private sector might not be able to match the salary of the public schools and they might close down),” Poa said.

Poa added the salaries of teachers are covered by the government’s salary standardization law, which “modifies the salary schedule for civilian personnel and authorizes the grant of additional benefits,” including the public school teachers.

“For now, because of the Salary Standardization Law, with the increases imposed since 2019 and I think the last tranche will be in 2023, teachers’ salaries have been rising. To the point na there is data that their salary is actually already better than their counterparts in the private sector,” Poa said in a mix of English and Filipino.

A public school teacher's starting pay is P25,439 with a salary grade 11. Teachers have been battling for greater pay for many years. Some teachers had to pay for the printing of the learning modules out of their own pockets when the country's schools made the switch to remote learning in 2020.

Poa made no mention of the type or amount of teacher allowances that the DepEd was considering. 

“I don’t want to preempt whatever study on the non-basic wage benefits the DepEd is looking,” he said.

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