Faculty unions endorse bill upgrading college professors pay

Faculty associations and unions from various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Luzon expressed their support for a bill upgrading the salaries of teaching personnel in public higher education institutions.

The Philippine National Confederation of Faculty Associations of SUCs (PNCFASUC)-Luzon endorsed House Bill 4523, filed by ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, during its recently-concluded consultative training conference held in Subic, Zambales on May 2-4, 2011. Tinio held a dialogue with the faculty associations on the first day of the conference.

Fifty-three delegates from 27 participating faculty unions and associations attended the conference. They came from SUCs in Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Kalinga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Mindoro, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and the National Capital Region. The conference was led by PNCFASUC-Luzon President Evelyn Tria of Bataan Peninsula State University.

House Bill 4523, “an act upgrading the minimum salary grade of Public Higher Education Teaching Personnel from Salary Grade 12 to 16,” aims to raise the salary grade of an entry-level Instructor I from Salary Grade 12 to Salary Grade 16. Salary grade levels of higher teaching positions will be adjusted accordingly. At present, the salary of an entry-level Instructor I in SUCs is P16,726.00 per month.

If passed, the bill will raise the salary of an entry-level Instructor I to P26,878 monthly. The bill covers all faculty in public universities and colleges, whether funded by the national or local government.

“We welcome the endorsement of the faculty organizations under the umbrella of PNCFASUC. Their support will be crucial in ensuring that the bill gains widespread support among legislators,” Tinio said.

“Due to sustained cuts in the budgets of SUCs, teaching personnel are facing worsening working conditions, such as oversized classes and heavier teaching loads. This exacerbates the erosion of their salaries in relation to the rising cost of living. This makes the enactment of the salary upgrading bill all the more urgent,” Tinio said. (Written by Charlie V. Manalo)

(SOURCE: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110510nat5.html)


Solon seeks increase of teachers’ annual chalk allowance

05 May 2011 09:12:25 AM
Writer: Jazmin S. Camero, MRS-PRIB


A lawmaker is seeking to increase from P700 to P2,000 the annual allowance of classroom teachers for classroom supplies and materials as provided in the annual appropriations for the Department of Education (DepEd).

Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers) said the government provides classroom teachers with an annual allowance for classroom supplies and materials, popularly known as “chalk allowance,” amounting to Php700 per teacher per school year or P3.50 per school day.

“Such meager amount is not enough to cover the costs, not only of chalk, but also of other supplies such as erasers, pens, pencils, notebooks, class records, Manila paper, cartolina, bond paper, art paper, and others that are essential for the daily function of teaching and learning in the classroom,” Tinio said.

Because of this, classroom teachers are forced to draw from their own finances to pay for classroom supplies and materials, which should be provided by the government, Tinio said.

Tinio sought the immediate passage of House Bill 4134, noting “the policy of the State is to promote and improve the economic status of teachers and assist them in providing quality education to their students.”

House Bill 4134, also known as Teaching Supplies Allowance Act of 2011, seeks to increase the annual allowance for classroom supplies from P700 to P2,000 (P9.85 per day) to relieve the country’s public school teachers of onerous financial burden.

“The Teaching Supplies Allowance shall be paid only to classroom teachers,” Tinio said.

The measure mandates the Secretary of Education to conduct a periodic review of the Teaching Supplies Allowance, taking into account the current prices of classroom supplies and if warranted, recommend the necessary increase in the amount of the allowance.

The amount required to cover the increase shall be included in the Department’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

(SOURCE: http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=5060)

20 neophyte House members back RH bill


Twenty neophyte lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday expressed support for the controversial Reproductive Health bill, contrary to the position of their fellow first-timer, international acclaimed boxer and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Act Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said they are confident the number of lawmakers that would support the bill would eventually grow.

“Sa tingin namin ang mga karamihan sa Congress ay pro-RH bill. Pero sa tingin namin nape-pressure sila na ayaw umiwas sa mga pari kaya ayaw muna nila lumantad,” he said.

Tinio said they recently conducted an informal survey among House members and found out that 43 percent of the 285 lawmakers were in favor of the proposed measure. He said only 37 percent of the lawmakers were against it, while 20 percent were undecided.

The statement of support from neophyte congressmen came after Pacquiao — arguably the most popular among the newcomers at the House — expressed his opposition to the RH bill because he said it is against Catholic teachings.

Diwa party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay, for her part, said “pressure” from the Catholic Church, the staunchest critic of the RH bill, was inevitable.

Aglipay, however, said pro-RH bill legislators have proven that they were willing to reach out to the other side when they allowed “numerous amendments” to the House version of the bill. “These [amendments] show our concern on whatever qualms that can be ironed out between both sides,” she said.

Meanwhile, another supporter, Gabriela party-list Rep. Emmie de Jesus, insisted that it is the government’s role to extend reproductive health assistance to Filipinos and ensure that this is made accessible to everyone.

“Marapat lamang na i-push ang isang bill na nasa framework talaga ng provison niya na nagsasabi ang reproductive health ay tungkulin ng Estado at pangalawa na dapat may access,” she said.

She said subsequent debates on the plenary on the controversial bill should already focus on specific provisions of the measure.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr., another neophyte lawmaker supporting the bill, said he has initiated discussions in his community about the importance of the RH bill and has received positive results from his constituents.

Tinio told GMA News Online his group is hoping that chamber would finish with its amendments on their version of the bill by June, and that it should have approved the bill by September.

“We are really targeting the undecided. We are expecting that the undecided and those belonging to the 43 percent who have not yet come out will finally make public their support as we get closer to voting,” he said. — KBK, GMA News

(Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/220905/nation/20-neophyte-house-members-back-rh-bill?utm_source=GMANews.TV&utm_medium=twitter)