[ 29 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]

Rep. Castro: “Sa bahagi ng ACT Teachers Party-List, tingin namin na ang panukala ng DOF na tax reform ay anti-teacher, anti-people. Tatanggalan nito ng VAT exemption unang-una ay ang mga senior citizen at mga PWD kaya mariin naming tinututulan ang panukalang ito. Isa pa, tama si Speaker na walang binanggit na solusyon sa inefficiency sa tax collection.”
Rep. Zarate: “Tayo sa Bayan Muna, author ng HB333, ay mariing tumututol sa panukala ng DOF. Napaka-arbitrary ng pagdedesisyon na kumikita ng bababa sa P250,000 lamang ang exempted sa pagbubuwis. Saan nagmumula ang posisyong …

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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.” ###

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[ 19 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

We laud President Duterte for making good on his commitment to release the Tiamzon couple and other NDF consultants. What the Aquino administration was unwilling and unable to do, the Duterte administration accomplished in a matter of weeks. Pres. Duterte’s courageous action is in stark contrast to the intransigence of former Pres. Aquino and his clique of warmongers, who set aside the peace talks with the Communists and followed the path of all-out war.

The release can be taken as a powerful testament to the President’s commitment to the pursuit of a negotiated peace that will hopefully out an end to the ongoing civil war in our country.

We hope that in the coming weeks, the Duterte administration can follow through towards the release of the hundreds of political prisoners that remain unjustly incarcerated throughout the country.

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[ 17 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
17 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817) and France Castro (09204166441)

Solons urge Duterte administration to reject Aquino’s paltry pay hike, give decent pay to rank and file state workers

Militant solons for the education sector urged Congress, which received Monday the 2017 budget proposal, to reject Aquino’s paltry pay hike and instead grant substantial salary increases to 1.6 million government employees, majority of whom are public school teachers and other education personnel.
“We welcome the inclusion in the proposed 2017 budget of funds for salary increases as these will provide needed additional finances for government employees and their families,” said ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro.
The solons refer to the P39.59 billion Lump-sum for Compensation Adjustment included in the proposed budget submitted to Congress.
However, they urged the Duterte administration to reject Aquino’s four-year plan to adjust the pay scale for state workers, as embodied in Executive Order 201, series of 2016.  The solons added that President Duterte should take the 2017 budget, the first to be proposed by his administration, as his chance to correct the paltry salary increases and inequitable pay scale provided by his predecessor.
Aquino’s EO only gives meager increases for the rank-and-file while doubling, even tripling, the salaries of executives and top public officials.  It plans to hike the basic pay of rank and file employees by only 11% to 22% over the next four years.  Entry-level teachers, nurses, and other mid-income employees (Salary Grade 11, currently at P19,077 per month) are given a measly additional P2,205 in four years (11.89%), or an average of P24 per day.
On the other hand, for executive-level positions, pay increases are 76.96% (Salary Grade 25, P71,476) up to a whopping 233.12% (for Salary Grade 33, P215,804 for the President of the Philippines).
“Congress should be reminded how much Aquino’s salary schedule is criticized as tilted in favor of executives and top politicians while shortchanging the rank-and-file, who keep most of government offices and services running, who need additional finances the most,” said Tinio.  “We thus urge Congress to amend the 2017 budget proposal and grant more substantial salary increases to about a million employees in government.  We also urge the Duterte administration to propose and enact a new salary schedule that will be more responsive to the needs of our state workers.”
“Our concrete proposal for substantial salary increases is a monthly basic pay of P25,000 for entry-level teachers, P16,000 for the lowest government employee (SG 1, currently P9,478), and P27,000 for college instructors (SG 12, P20,651), with the salaries for other positions adjusted accordingly,” said Castro.  “If Congress leadership under President Duterte makes this a reality, government employees will be assured that real change–not small change or barya-barya–is coming.”
“We should look at all possible avenues to grant immediate economic relief to our government employees,” Tinio urged, maintaining that if the administration is only willing to grant salary hikes, there are funds for it.
They urged that the billion-peso allocations for debt servicing, PPP, CCT, and hidden pork should be rechannelled to fund salary increases for state workers.
The two solons vowed that salary increases will be one of their main issues during the 2017 budget deliberations. ###