The government is spending P35 billion for the initial salaries of at least 100,000 new employees next year, said Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto Sunday.
According to Recto, the new personnel will mostly be involving teachers, firemen, and policemen. The senator also cleared that the figure doesn’t refer to new posts, replacement of resigned, dismissed, deceased, or separated employees.
In addition, the Department of Education is said to open 81,000 teaching jobs on January 2018.
“The slots are for 43,732 kindergarten and elementary teachers; 1,944 special education teachers; 35, 192 junior high school teachers; and 232 for senior high school teachers,” said Recto.
‘Linked to population growth’
Recto also mentioned that the act of getting more teachers and policemen correlate because it’s ‘linked to population growth.’
It was also stated that the cop-to-citizen ration should match accordingly. For one, hiring one teacher would equate to 40 students enrolled in public schools.
This is based on the statistics that 40 babies are born every 10 minutes in the country.
“In fact, even if all the 2018 new slots will be hired, it will be needing 87, 432 more,” added the senator.