School is already very much underway in the Philippines. In addition to the major infrastructure needs, schools are also finding supplies limited. Thus, public school teachers are forced to spend from their own money in order to get supplies they need for teaching. It is therefore no surprise to see the following image today on the Facebook page of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers in the Philippines (ACT):
The image above is used by ACT to solicit support for a proposed bill in the Philippines Congress: House Bill no. 251:
The bill is asking for an increase in the allowance provided to public school teachers, from 1000 PhP to 2000 PhP. Given the current exchange rate of 43 PhP to 1 USD, 2000 PhP translates to about US$ 45, that is half of the expected "back to school" supplies for one child in the United States.
We shall see how fast this bill moves up in Congress. Of course, whether it gets approved and signed into law is another story.