Kimi pushes teachers’ 2K monthly chalk allowance

October 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SISON – Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco hoped her bill increasing the P1,000 yearly chalk allowance to P2000 monthly of public school teachers, will be approved by the Appropriation Committee so that it could be voted by the whole members of the House of Representatives.

RUBBING ELBOWS WITH THE PRESS.  Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (center) in an animated conversationwith the members of the media at the house of the Cojuangcos last October 6 in Sison.

RUBBING ELBOWS WITH THE PRESS. Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (center) in an animated conversationwith the members of the media at the house of the Cojuangcos last October 6 in Sison.

If approved by the committee, all the congressmen will sign, Cojuangco told reporters here.
She said she conferred with Senator Pia Cayetano, her counterpart in the Basic Education Committee, who was elated about her pet bill and will support it in the Senate.
Cojuangco reacted to rumors circulated in the social media like Face Book that she was against the raise of salary of public school teachers.
She said the P2000 monthly salary increase for teachers only was impossible to pass, as the law mandates that when there is salary increase, all government workers must be benefited.
If all government workers’ salaries are increased, it would mean “P3 billion which at this point our national government could not afford,” she said.
She said what was possible was to insert the P2000 allowance exclusively for teachers after she found out that their yearly chalk allowances was only P1000 a year.
“That’s why the teachers end up spending for other expenses like cartolina for teaching materials. That’s not right,” she said.
She said the P2000 a month proposal that is now in the Committee Level is much better than the P1000 a year allowance.

“Is that not a better way to do it? That’s one of the ways to skin a cat. There are many ways to skin a cat, that’s tax free. If they get P2000 a month whether they spend for instructional materials then that’s for them,” she said.
She said her bill was a rebuff to what was falsely circulated at the social media.
“How could anybody says I am not for raising the pay of teachers?”
Media reports said in year 2011, the chalk allowance for teachers was P700 or P3.50 per school day for the entire school year composed of 203 school days (SY 2010-2011).
Since 2012, the annual chalk allowance for public school teachers has been given a P300 raise, from P700 to P1,000, as announced by Education Secretary Armin Luistro. With 201 school days for SY 2011-2012, the daily chalk allowance increased to P4.98.
This year the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said mentors in some school division complaint that “only P400 was credited to their ATM for the payment of their chalk allowance.

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