[ 19 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]


19 October 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the violent dispersal of Lumad and Moro rallyists at the US Embassy:

We strongly condemn the brutal dispersal of thousands of  Moro and indigenous people holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the US Embassy this morning. Manila Police District officers, led by Col. Marcelino Pedrozo, Jr., used tear gas and truncheons as the demonstrators were about to end their program. More than 50 have been injured, including some lumad who were run over by …

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[ 21 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]


ACT Teachers Party-List salutes UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan’s hospitality, recognition and support to the causes of the national minority Lakbayanis. We commend his convictions expressed in his column (‘Assaulted, betrayed’, Philippine Daily Inquirer)*. We join him in condemning the October 19 brutal dispersal of the rally in front of the U.S. Embassy as an assault to the University of the Philippines and to all freedom loving Filipinos.

We quote, “The national minorities are UP’s guests, so I cannot but feel UP was assaulted, too. And because UP is the national university, the assault, the betrayal, is against the nation as well. I also cannot help but think: Would we have witnessed such an affront if it had not been the US Embassy being defended, and if the ralliers were not national minorities?”



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[ 20 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]

Summary of the dialogue on the Implementation of R.A. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Law held today, 20 October 2016:

Representatives from ACT Teachers Party-List including Congresswoman France Castro, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, and the ACT National Capital Region Union raised the following to the attention of officials of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC Commissioner Yolanda Reyes, CPD Program Manager Gerard Sanvictores, and Board of Professional Teachers Vice Chairperson Paz Lucido):

  1. Continuing professional development is a right of all teachers and should therefore be provided by the government without additional burden and expense.
  2. Representatives of the teaching profession should be consulted in the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the CPD Law or Republic Act 10912 and the operational guidelines specific to the teaching profession. In line with this, the PRC and the BPT committed to (1) invite us in the consultations, (2) accept our position papers on the inclusion of safeguards for the protection of teachers, and (3) admit our nominations for membership into the CPD Council, which will formulate the operational guidelines for the teaching profession.
  3. Programs of the DepEd already in place such as the in-service (INSET) and other trainings and seminars, as well as self-directed learning and seminars and activities of teachers’ unions and organizations, should be recognized as credit-earning. This is so that teachers will no longer need to go outside of DepEd and their own organizations and pay for courses or offerings of private accredited entities.
  4. ACT together with ACT Teachers Party-list, have registered the need to amend Republic Act 10912 through legislation to review the validity and payment of Identification Card in favor of teachers and other professionals.
  5. The PRC clarified that RA 10912 is effectively suspended until the issuance of the IRR and operational guidelines, targeted to be by 2017. Until then, the completion of units will not yet be required for teachers to continue practice.


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[ 24 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

Ika-24 ng Agosto 2016
Sanggunian: Rep. France L. Castro (0920-969-8457)

Rep. Castro siningil sa DBM ang union incentives para sa mga titser

Iginiit ni Rep. France Castro ng ACT Teachers Party-List sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang paglalaan ng pondo para sa Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive para sa mga pampublikong guro kahapon sa unang araw ng pagsalang sa pagdinig ng 2017 Badyet.

Ang CNA incentive ay ang benepisyong makukuha ng mga kawani sa bisa ng naaprubahan at naipapatupad na CNA sa pagitan ng mga kawani at ng ahensyang kinabibilangan nila. Nilinaw ng kongresista na sa kasalukuyan ay nakadepende sa Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) savings ang pondo para sa naturang incentives.

“Sa pamamagitan ng mga Budget Circulars ng DBM, natatali sa kung ano lamang ang matitipid mula sa MOOE ang nagagamit para sa mga incentives ng mga titser. Masaklap ito sa harap ng reyalidad na hindi na nga sumasapat ang MOOE upang punan ang mga pangangailangan sa paaralan,” aniya.

“Sa kasalukuyang tala, walang nagagamit para sa CNA incentive fund dahil tatlong paaralan lamang sa NCR ang nagdeklara ng MOOE savings kaya ang ACT Teachers Party-List ay nananawagang ibasura ang Budget Circular 2014-2 at isama sa 2017 Budget ang item para sa pondo ng CNA incentive,” dagdag ni Castro.

“Isang patunay ang CNA sa pagitan ng ACT-NCR Union at DepEd-NCR na napirmahan noong Mayo 2015. Mahigit isang taon na ang nakalipas mula nang pirmahan ito ngunit wala pa ring sapat na pondo para sa naturang incentives ng 62,800 na gurong kabilang dito,” sinabi ni Castro.

“Imoral na kukuhanin pa sa MOOE ang pondo para sa CNA incentive kung saan napakalaki ng pangangailangan ng mga paaralan na pangunahing tinutugunan nito [MOOE],” ani ng kongresista.

Matapos ang pagtatanong ni Rep. Castro sa 2017 budget presentation sa Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) ay nangako ang DBM na pag-aaralan ang iba pang mga maaaring pagkuhanan ng pondo para sa CNA incentive.###

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[ 23 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

23 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Additional pay hikes for state workers not “too ambitious” -solon

Government should grant salary increases in addition to the paltry hikes given under Executive Order 201, the four-year salary hike given by the Aquino administration, said ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio. The militant solon asserted this after the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno said to Congress, at the presentation of the proposed 2017 budget Monday, that giving salary increases higher than EO 201 is “todo ambisyon” and thus cannot be included in the proposed 2017 budget.
“While we welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes under EO 201,” said Tinio. He reminded DBM that EO 201 is greatly criticized by state workers, especially low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.
“It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to demand for pay hikes greater than EO 201’s P543-per month or P24-per day increase given to entry-level public school teachers. They, along with other education personnel, nurses, clerks, and others in the bureaucracy, only invoke their rights to adequate compensation, to be paid much more than loose change.”
Tinio added that civilian personnel, like the military and police, also need pay hikes. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for additional finances just like those given to military and uniformed personnel. Both sets of government employees serve the people to their utmost, have the same need to adequately provide for their families, and are affected by the same perpetually rising cost of living.”
He also scored the reasoning that salary hikes higher than EO 201 cannot be granted because income taxes will be lowered anyway. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for both substantial salary increases and lower income taxes, as both—not one without the other—answer to the people’s right to a decent standard of living.”
“We urge the Duterte administration and Congress to begin the process towards a salary scheme that will be more responsive to the dire needs of the ordinary Filipino,” ended Tinio. “We offer our proposal as embodied in House Bill 56 which seeks minimum monthly salaries of P16,000 for the lowest-ranked government employee, P25,000 for public school teachers, and P27,000 for college instructors, as well as an augmented Personnel Economic Relief Allowance of P5,000 per month.” ###