Legarda supports the rights and well-being of teachers

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Three-term Senator and Vice President Loren Legarda

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda has promised to include the concerns of teachers and the wider education sector in her legislative agenda.

This after the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT-Philippines) called on Senate candidates to address the challenges of the Philippine education system and champion the importance of the role of educators in shaping the character and values ​​of young people.

“Our goal is to highlight the value of teachers, the essential role they play in the development of young people and to ensure that they are adequately supported through expanded benefits and incentives,” she said in a statement. communicated.

ACT-Philippines said senatorial candidates must urgently address the need to raise salaries for teachers and non-teaching staff; the provision of safe, accessible and quality education; an effective response to the pandemic; dignity of work; and respecting and protecting the democratic rights of educators.

“The concerns of our teachers go beyond education. We should invest in this profession to make our education system a bastion of knowledge and hope for our future generations,” said Legarda.

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Legarda sponsored the allocation of an additional 800 million pesos under the budget of the Ministry of Education (DepEd) in the General Appropriations Act of 2019, which provides each public school teacher an incentive of 1,000 pesos every 5 years. October, on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day.

Legarda also lobbied for the increase in the cash allowance for teachers – from P1,500 in 2015 to P2,500 and P3,500 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Loren Legarda

Loren Legarda (file photo)

She also co-authored the bill to increase teacher salary levels from the current Grade 11 salary to Grade 15 salary for entry-level public school teachers; teaching staff in higher education up to the 16th salary year; and non-teaching staff at 16,000 pesos.

The former three-term senator also co-authored the Magna Carta proposal for public school teachers, which aims to provide job security and adequate wages.

Legarda also launched in its home province Antique, Legarda launched the Education Training Capability Seminars for DepEd Supervisors in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

This program aims to improve the leadership and management skills of educators through a series of webinars and online training sessions and to achieve modernized and adaptive management and governance of education in the province.

“Considering that the education sector has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is indeed a need for special assistance for our students, learners, educators and trainers to ensure their continued access to education. of quality even if they are protected. of exposure to health risks,” Legarda said.

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