Noting that a good educational system is key to a country’s development, senatorial candidate Richard J. Gordon called for teachers to be accorded proper respect and be given the importance they deserve.
In a statement, Gordon pointed out that when teachers are well-respected and given utmost importance like in developed countries in Asia they produce bright students who will work towards the country’s development.
“If teachers are well-respected and are paid well as a way of giving them the importance they deserve, then they will produce bright students who will steer our country towards being a first-world country. Pag nababayaran ng tama ang mga guro, hindi na sila magtitinda ng kung anu-ano sa eskwela at aayusin nila ang pagtuturo nila. Pag magaling at mahusay ang guro, magiging magaling din ang mga estudyante, gaya ng mga anak ng mga janitor, mga pulis at iba pa,” Gordon said.
“Hindi niyo ba napapansin, pag anak ng teacher magaling ang bata. Kaya dapat unahing taasan ang sweldo ng mga guro para yung mga graduate ng magagaling na schools gaya ng UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST at iba pa, maeenganyo na magturo na lang dito sa ating bansa at di na magtatrabaho sa ibang bansa,” he added.
Gordon pointed out that teachers in developed countries in Asia or in other parts of the world are paid well which is why they have developed faster than the Philippines.
In Singapore, teachers get P133,000 a month, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $83,100. Teachers in Korea get P115,000 and they have a GDP of $35,400, while in Japan, they are paid P108,000 and they have a GDP of $37,500.
Even Malaysia and China where teachers get paid P90,000 and P50,000, respectively, have higher GDPs, $25,100 for Malaysia and $13,200 for China. In the Philippines, teachers get P18,549 monthly and our GDP totals $7,000.
GDP is one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period. It is the size of a country’s economy.
“Ang gusto ko mabigyan ng tamang importansya ang ating mga guro, at maging competitive ang sweldo nila sa ibang mga karatig-bansa para magaling ang ating mga anak. Tamang-tama ang ating population age. Majority sa ating populasyon ay mga bata at maaari silang magtrabaho for the next decades. Kaya kung magagaling sila, aangat ang ating bansa,” Gordon said.