QC HIKES LONGEVITY PAY FOR TEACHERS
QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City council has approved on second reading an ordinance raising the longevity pay of public school teachers, local reports said.
The proposed ordinance, which will benefit about 5,000 teachers, is seeking to increase their pay to P400 from P100 for every five years of service in a move to “uplift the living conditions” of public school teachers in the city.
The increase will apply prospectively to public school teachers who shall have rendered at least five years of continuous service within the city.
For teachers with at least 10 years of service, a gap of one year of service is allowed provided that the gap year was done “on account of medical or grave personal problems.”
Introduced by First District Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr., the planned decree amends City Ordinance No. SP-1407, S-2004, with hopes that the longevity pay would be given beginning early next year.
“We want to extend whatever help that will benefit our teachers,” Ferrer, who was once a teacher, told The Manila Times, adding that P400 would be added to a teacher’s monthly salary until his or her retirement.
As quoted by Manila Bulletin, Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said education is one of the city council’s main priorities emphasized that “it is only right to invest in their public school teachers.”
“We know that our public school teachers are, like all of us, wrestling with the effects of inflation. Right now, they are also dealing with big classes, long hours, and lack of equipment. These problems in our schools are things we want to help address in the long run, but right now, we are first pushing for additional benefits,” she added.
Last month, Mayor Herbert Bautista approved Ordinance 2751 to raise the monthly supplemental allowance to P1,500 from P1,000 for national paid public school teaching and non-teaching personnel in the city.
The council also proposed to raise the quarterly rice allowance to P2,000 from P1,500 for teaching and non-teaching staff.