President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 22, 2019. SCREENGRAB FROM RTVMalacañang YouTube
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass a new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) to increase the pay of government workers, including public school teachers and public hospital nurses.
“To the teachers who toil and work tirelessly to educate our young, kasali na po dito ‘yung hinihingi niyo. Hindi masyadong malaki pero it will tide you over,” Duterte said in his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Teachers have been asking Duterte a pay hike after Congress approved a massive increase in the base pay of military and other uniformed personnel last year. /kga