Malacañang to teachers: Be patient as we look for pay hike funding

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Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Increasing teachers' pay will require a huge amount that needs to be identified, Malacañang said Tuesday, while it appeals for patience.

In a media briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, "I just received from (Education) Secretary (Leonor) Briones, coming from the Department of Budget Secretary that if you increase ₱10,000 for every teacher in this country, it will cost us ₱150 billion. That is why we appeal to our teachers that since this a huge amount, medyo haba-habaan niyo na ang pasensiya, talagang maghahanap tayo ng pera para sa inyo [please be more patient, because we will find funds for you]."

Panelo said the administration is not backing out of its promise to raise the salaries of public school teachers, and that economic managers are "doing everything to see how things can be done."

Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte's is committed to fulfill his promise to the teachers.

"Baka — baka lang, ha — kumbaga, installment. Baka gawing installment, hindi ko alam kung anong mangyayari. But what I think is certain is the President really wants to increase the salaries of the teachers," he said,

[Translation: It could be — maybe — on an installment basis. I'm not sure what's going to happen. But what I think is certain is the President really wants to increase the salaries of the teachers.]

Teachers have renewed the call for a pay hike as some classes began Monday.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers, in particular, challenged Duterte to issue an executive order for the pay hike.

The President in January renewed his promise of a pay hike for teachers, saying this could finally happen this year.