Public school teachers to get more allowance

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has signed into law a measure authorizing an increase in the annual teaching allowance of public school teachers.

Marcos approved Republic Act No. 11997 or the “Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act” during a ceremonial signing in Malacañang Monday.

The new law sets an initial teaching allowance of PHP5,000 per teacher for School Year (SY) 2024-2025, followed by PHP10,000 for SY 2025-2026 and every year thereafter.

Marcos said the enactment of the Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act is a significant milestone for the education sector as it provides a big support for teachers “so they can concentrate on teaching.”

“I think we’re all familiar with the situation when a teacher finds themselves in financial straits. then sometimes, they’re distracted and spend their time trying to increase the support that they can provide their families and to the detriment of the actual teaching,” Marcos said in his speech.

“But teachers teach because it is a vocation. It is not a job; it is a vocation. Teachers teach because they feel they have to teach and they want to teach and that’s why we must give them the support so that they are allowed to do precisely that,” he said.

The President said it is the government’s task to ensure the welfare of teachers, whom he described as the “unsung heroes” of the society.

“They toil and burn the midnight oil. They teach our children not for money or prestige. They serve our country each day by teaching our children the basic foundations to make them responsible and productive citizens,” he said.

“It is our responsibility as the government and as a society to take care of them,” he said.

The Chief Executive thanked members of both chambers of Congress for pursuing the “long-overdue increase” in teaching allowance.

“We have listened, we have persevered, and now we have taken action,” Marcos said.

The initial funding needed for the implementation of the new law will be charged against the budget of the Department of Education.

Thereafter, the amount needed for its enactment will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

The new law will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. (PNA)