Teachers' Rights and Privileges in the Philippines

Rights and privileges of all teachers in the Philippines:
  • Authority, respect, and protection1 -- “Teachers and school administrators are persons in authority when in lawful discharge of duties and responsibilities… [and] shall, therefore, be accorded due respect and protection.”2
  • Fair wages -- “The State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.”3
  • Punishment against attackers -- “This [imposes]... a penalty of imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to six years and a fine ranging from 500 to 1, 000 pesos upon any person found guilty of assault upon those teaching personnel.”1
  • Professional development -- “The State shall enhance the right of teachers to professional advancement.”3
  • Freedom of expression -- “Free expression of opinions and suggestions...”2
  • Labor group participation2 -- “Establish, join, maintain labor organization of their choice to promote their welfare and defend their interest.”4
  • Free legal services -- “To be provided with free legal service by the appropriate government office in case of public school personnel and the school authorities concerned in case of private school personnel, when charged in administrative, civil and/or criminal proceedings, by parties other than the school authorities concerned, for actions committed directly in the lawful discharge of professional duties and/or in defense of school policies.”2
  • Freedom from non-compensated mandatory assignment -- “Right to be free from compulsory assignment not related to their duties defined in their appointment or employment contracts unless compensated thereof.”2
  • Freedom from extraneous contributions -- “To be free from involuntary contributions except those imposed by their own organizations.”2
  • Right to intellectual property2
  • Career alternatives -- “Teachers shall be given the opportunity to choose career alternatives for advancements.”2
1Commonwealth Act No. 578 2Batas Pambansa Blg. 232 or The Education Act of 1982 3The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines 4Republic Act No. 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers
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