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[ 16 May 2011 | One Comment ]

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio today reiterated call for the passage of legislation mandating pay increases for workers in the public and private sectors in the light of recent reports that 300 universities and colleges nationwide shall implement tuition fee increases this school year and that prices of school supplies have gone up by 5 per cent.

“The increase in tuition fees, together with the hike in prices of school supplies, highlights the rising cost of education, especially in private schools. This emphasizes the inadequacy of the recently approved P22 increase in COLA in NCR and justifies the immediate granting of a substantial pay hike for all workers. We support the demand for a legislated P125 daily wage increase for the private sector and a P6,000 increase in the minimum salary of government workers,” said Tinio. “If salaries are not increased, more students, particularly in higher education, will join the ranks of out-of-school youths and be deprived of their right to education.“

Tinio is a co-author of House Bill 375 providing for a P125 nationwide, across-the-board daily wage hike for private sector workers and House Bill 3746 mandating a P6,000 increase in the minimum pay of government employees. #

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[ 16 May 2011 | Comments Off on Explanation of Vote against ARMM Election Postponement (HB 4146) ]
ACT Teachers Rep. Tinio as he delivers his Explanation of Vote against ARMM Elections postponement

Explanation Of Vote Against House Bill 4146, An Act Providing For The Synchronization Of The Elections And The Term Of Office Of The Elective Officials Of The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (Armm) With Those Of The National And Other Local Officials, Amending For The Purpose Republic Act No. 9333, Entitled “An Act Fixing The Date For Regular Elections For Elective Officials Of The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao”, And For Other Purposes

Rep. Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers Party-List

ACT Teachers Party-List votes “no” to House Bill 4146 for the following reasons:

1. House Bill 4146 is offensive to the 1987 Constitution and the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

First, the Constitution assures the people of ARMM local autonomy, by express provision in Section 2 of Article X and by the assurance of regular elections. But while proponents use the terms “resetting” or “synchronization” of elections, the bill will actually provide for the cancellation of elections scheduled in August 2011.

HB 4146, by providing for the appointment by Malacañang of “officers-in-charge” to take over the posts vacated by incumbent elected officials of ARMM whose terms shall have ended, does tremendous violence to the whole democratic process of election of officials to executive and legislative posts outlined and mandated in the ARMM Organic Act (R.A. 6734 as amended by R.A. 9054).

Furthermore, Article XVII of the ARMM Organic Act provides for the various ways by which amendments to said Act may be effected. Ultimately, ratification by the people in the ARMM through a plebiscite is required to make any amendment effective. Read more…

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[ 9 May 2011 | 2 Comments ]

May 9, 2011

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 Party-List Representative Antonio L. 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 (53) 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. Read more…

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[ 5 May 2011 | 6 Comments ]

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.