Teachers threaten strike on first day of classes

Posted at 05/11/14 1:34 AM

MANILA – A group of teachers stormed Gate Seven of Malacanang Palace on Saturday to air their protests against their low salaries.

Police, who were taken aback, asked the group to hold their program at Mendiola Bridge instead.

The teachers are asking the government to increase the budget allocation for education, and increase their salaries by P10,000 a month.

If their grievances are not acted upon, teachers from all over the National Capital Region will conduct a mass leave on the first day of classes on June 2.

"Nananawagan kami sa mga guro na mag leave," Louie Zabala, president of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)-Manila, said.

Araceli de Ocampo, an elementary public school teacher for the last 37 years, said she was disappointed upon hearing from Malacanang that salaries of teachers will not be raised this year.

"Huling nagtaas si GMA pa pangulo," de Ocampo said.

The P10,000 increase, they said, is based on the salary standardization law. They also want the performance-based bonus scrapped.