Sonny Angara on raising the salary of teachers

Senatorial candidate Sonny Angara claimed during the April 28 ABS-CBN Harapan 2013 Senatorial Debate that he had pursued bills on education, particularly concerning the raising of teachers' salaries from P 14,000 to P 18,000 in the year 2008.  

Based on records in Congress, Sonny Angara is the principal author of House Bill 00395 (An act upgrading the minimum salary grade level of teachers from salary grade 10 to 19), which was filed during the first regular session of the 15th Congress in 2010 and not in 2008.

The bill provides that this change of salary grade level corresponds to an almost six thousand peso (P 6,000) increase in salary and not the four thousand pesos (P 4,000) he mentioned.  

Angara also filed during the same year House Bill 00397 (An act granting exemption to the public school teachers from the coverage of Republic Act No. 6758, otherwise known as the Salary Standardization Law, or the Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989).

Under Section 3 of the bill, the Department of Education in consultation with the Department of Budget and Management, the Civil Service Commission and representatives from national teachers organizations shall study, analyze, review, revise, adjust, fix and implement a comprehensive and competitive upgrading of salary structure for school teachers employed in government service, independent from the provisions of the Salary Standardization Law.

Click these links to view or download HB 00395 and HB 00397

This fact checked was conducted by University Extension Specialist II Corinna Frances O. Cabanilla of the Center for Policy and Executive Development, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) and UP System Information Office (UPSIO) Deputy Director Frances Fatima M. Cabana.