January 7, 2018

Filipino Teachers To Receive Higher Net Salary, Chalk Allowance, And Clothing Allowance In 2018

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), public school teachers in the Philippines will be receiving higher net take-home pay salaries, clothing allowances, and chalk allowances in 2018 starting this January. This is in line with the department's full support for President Rodrigo Duterte's Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN.

The department added that the increases in salary, clothing allowance, and chalk allowance is also part of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones's commitment to provide adequate compensation for all public teachers in the country.

With the new compensation program, "a Teacher 1 is expected to receive a gross basic salary of P20,179 and will have a net take home pay (NTHP) of P20,012.89 (with PERA)". It's worth mentioning here that "a Teacher 1 (Salary Grade 11) without dependents and has a starting basic salary of P19,620 used to take home P17,220.86 (with Personnel Economic Relief Allowance or PERA) under the 2017 tax schedule".

Doing the math, teachers will receive a total net income increase of 16.21% per month. That is equivalent to an increase of 2,792.03 pesos every month.

Additionally, teachers will receive significant increases in their clothing and chalk allowances. Teachers previously receive 2,500 pesos a year as their chalk allowance. This amount is used for the purchase of chalks, erasers, and other classroom materials and supplies. With the new compensation program, teachers will receive 3,500 pesos a year. That's an increase of 1,000 pesos a year.

Clothing allowances will also be raised from 5,000 pesos a year to 6,000 pesos a year.