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Most teachers live below poverty line, wage increase timely

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BACOLOD CITY – Teachers here are walking early to dramatize their demand for a wage increase as the world marks Teacher’s Day today.

“Most of us live below poverty line if we are to base it on the levels set by government itself,” teachers’ leader Richard Gelangre told DNX.

Teachers hold signs to dramatize their demands for salary hikes. | Photo courtesy of Richard Gelangre
Teachers hold signs to dramatize their demands for salary hikes. | Photo courtesy of Richard Gelangre

Gelangre, who leads the Bacolod City Public School Teachers Association (BCPSTA), said even the National Economic Development Authority pegs the poverty threshold at P42,000 per month but most of the teachers earn only P20,000 a month.

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Most of those who earn that salary only get a net amount of P5,000 “that they cannot even bring home because their ATMs are already with loan sharks or credit cooperatives,” he pointed out.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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