MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has filed a bill that seeks to exempt public school teachers from paying income tax.

“By lifting their burden of paying income tax, we give our hardworking and dedicated teachers what they rightfully deserve; a gift for their unconditional love and sacrifice in making the youth our country’s wealth and pride,” Sotto explained in the bill.

Under Senate Bill 241, Teachers I, II, and III will receive their full, non-taxable monthly salary of Php20,754, Php22,938, and Php25,232, respectively.

The bill also stipulates that additional pay for hazard, overtime, holidays, and night shift are also non-taxable.

In consonance with the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, Sotto said this bill aims to “promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers, their living and working conditions, their terms of employment and career prospects.”

Other senators have also filed several bills that aim to provide additional compensation or increased wages for public school educators.

“We recognize the inevitable fact that our teachers play a crucial and significant role. The future of our youth and nation lies in the nurturing hands of our teachers. We consider them as our modern-day heroes,” Sotto added. (HGBH/LMO)

Photo from Official Gazette of the Philippines

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