An Act Increasing the Salary Grade of Teacher I to III


This bill seeks to increase the salary grade of public school teachers in elementary and secondary schools who are currently classified as Teacher I, Teacher II and Teacher III from Salary Grade 11, 12, and 13, respectively to Salary Grade 13,14 and 15.

As espoused in the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, the State has the mandate to 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.

The Department of Education currently employs 889,700 personnel serving more than 27 million learners from public schools. Those employed as Teacher I, Teacher II and Teacher III make up 83% of DepEd's personnel. From 1989 to 1995, teacher pay at all levels were relatively stable before observing an increase in 1996. The next significant increase was in 2007 during the Arroyo Administration for teachers at all levels. Interestingly however, it is during this time that the equity in pay levels increased. This is observed through the increasing pay gap between Teachers I-IV and Master Teachers I-III. As of 2018, the gap in pay between a Master Teacher 1 and Teacher III was P13,861 compared to P3,224 in 2007. As stated, this has resulted in increasing inequity between
those filling the ranks of Teaches M il and higher positions.

To further illustrate this point, note that the starting salary schedule of Teachers I-III increased by an average of only 11% when accounting for the pay increase per SG level from the first tranche in 2016 to the fourth tranche in 2019 (pursuant to Executive Order No. 201, Series of 2016). Meanwhile, anyone working as Master Teacher I, one level higher than Teacher III, would have experienced a similar increase of 21%.

Inadequate take-home pay for a majority of public school teachers has been a common complaint which is said to have led to their increased indebtedness. The logical argument that follows is that teachers take out loans because of their low pay and in time accumulate too much debt. And in order to remedy this problem, the obvious request has been to increase the starting pay of public school teachers.

Public School Teachers are in the forefront of national development, thus, they should be accorded the proper compensation by the government as has been provided for the nation's police officers and soldiers.

In view of the foregoing, support for the passage and is earnestly sought.


An Act Increasing the Salary Grade of Teacher I to III An Act Increasing the Salary Grade of Teacher I to III Reviewed by DepEd Click Admin on August 08, 2019 Rating: 5


  1. Praying for immediate realization of this Bill. Teacher III is MAED graduate.

  2. Sana,ma implement n yan.praying talaga....


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