Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian wants salaries for public school teachers to start at P30,000, in a bid to lure more people to join the teaching force.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on education, said:”We want to raise the morale of our teachers and encourage more students to take up education courses.”

Gatchalian, who is running for a second term, proposed to raise the salary grade of a Teacher I to Salary Grades 13 or 14 (P29,798 or P32,321) from Salary Grade 11 (P25,439).

Gatchalian said the entry-level pay for teachers in the Philippines is lower compared to what educators are getting in other ASEAN countries, with Indonesian teachers getting P66,099 and Singaporean teachers receiving P60,419.

Gatchalian co-authored and co-sponsored the bill that eventually became the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. The law sought to exempt all eligible Filipino students pursuing their first undergraduate or certificate degrees in state universities and colleges from paying tuition and other school fees.

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