Duterte wants to double teachers' pay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked his Cabinet to find ways to double the salary of teachers, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President gave the order to raise teachers' basic pay during Monday's Cabinet meeting.

Duterte ordered the Budget Department and other related agencies to add a provision in the second tax reform package to fund it, Roque said. The tax reform Package 2 will be submitted to Congress this month.

"[The President] says that there will have to be tangible results of any implementation of the second tax reform package. And he said that that should be the increase in teachers' salary," he said.

Roque added, "He did not say how much… But judging by what he wanted for the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it could be that he is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers."

Duterte signed Joint Resolution No. 1 authorizing the increase in base pay of military and uniformed personnel, the government announced on Tuesday.

Entry-level teachers in public schools earn P20,000, excluding allowances and bonuses.