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Palace: 2nd tax reform aims to double salary of Filipino school teachers

President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the MalacaƱan Palace on January 8, 2018. Photo: Presidential Communication.
Cordillera - Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered members of his cabinet to find ways to increase the salary of all Filipino school teachers during a cabinet meeting on Monday. 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., the president gave the directive to increase the teachers's basic pay. 

Roque said President Duterte ordered the Department of Budget and Management and other agencies to include provision in the second tax reform package to fund the said initiative. 

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

Asked how much the possible salary increase for teachers, Roque said the president "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 also be that the is also aiming to double the entry salary for teachers. 

The starting salary of public school teachers in the country is at P19,000 per month but may total P23,000 when benefits or allowances are included. 

If the plan of doubling the salary by the president will push through, a public school teacher would take home about P40,000 minus tax. 

source || PTV news



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