LOBBY BACKED   Sara assures help in lobbying for teachers salary increase

Davao City Mayor “Inday” Sara Duterte-Carpio has asked the 11,959 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education in Davao City to lobby in Congress their petition for an increase of salary and allowances.

‘If you lobby it to the national government, I will help you lobby it in the Congress,” Duterte-Carpio assured on her speech during the World Teacher’s Day Division Wide Celebration on Friday morning at the Davao City National High School.

The city mayor encouraged them to file their petition to the House of Representatives, following the same route  used by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines  in seeking salary increase.

“The PNP and AFP personnel have done it, so I guess it is possible for the DepEd employees,” Duterte said.

On Monday, Mayor Sara and representatives from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Davao Chapter had a discussion had right after the flag-raising ceremony.

ACT is asking the city government to extend to DepEd –paid teachers and non-teaching staff a P2,000-monthly financial assistance and a P2,500-quarterly rice subsidy.

But the City Mayor said admitted that the City Government of Davao cannot grand P406 million to the DepEdteaching and non-teaching personnel in Davao City as of now.

Sara stresses that there is no legal basis for it. She also said that neighboring local government units (LGUs) are not obliged to provide allowances and subsidies to them.

Although the Davao City mayor suggested ACT resubmit their position and to come up with something reasonable, acceptable and doable, for the benefit of both parties.

In her speech, Sara admitted that the city government does not have the capacity to finance the sheer number of teachers and non-teachers combined.

During her consultation with the City Budget, she considered removing the non-teaching personnel to possibly accommodate their petition.

But according to her, “They said (City Budget) said it would almost be the same because 95% of 11,000 are teaching personnel.

But then, the city mayor promised that she will find ways to address this problem.

Meanwhile, Angel Rose Suansing, Araling Panlipunan teacher at the Davao City National High School, said that she understands the city mayor’s explanation.

“I knew funding 12,000 thousands in Davao City would be impossible, but at the same time I am also happy that she is re-considering the proposal,” Suansing said.

She also said, that even rice subsidy is already a huge help considering the high rice prices in the market right now.

Mayor Duterte is the keynote speaker during the culmination of the World Teacher’s Day, wherein an estimated 5,000 teachers from the three Congressional district of Davao City are present during the celebration.

The city mayor also announced that if ever she will be re-elected in the 2019 elections, she will move the celebration at a the Davao City Sports Complex in Mintal, where it will be convenient and accessible to the teachers.

She also promised to bring in celebrities and musicians to join the festivity. Even bringing her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, wherein the teachers themselves can personally address their petitions.