Video Rep Tinio plenary interpellation Dep Ed Budget. 092012

Video Rep Tinio plenary interpellation Dep Ed Budget. 092012

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Rep Tinio plenary interpellation Dep Ed Budget. 092012

Raising the issue of 23,900 volunteer kinder teachers

“the honoraria as per dep ed order for volunteer kinder teachers amounts to 3 thousand per session and 6 thousand for two session per month” “there is is no employer- employee relationship between the dep ed and the volunteer kinder teachers” “they are not entitled to benefits due to gov employee such as GSIS”

at this point I would like to appeal … regarding the plight of Volunteer Kinder Teachers, the amount they are paid is way below minimum wage barely enough for a single person to survive …

I would end my interpellation with an appeal particularly to the distinguished vice chair for basic education through the comm on appropriation for the augmentation of the budge for kindergarten education in order that
this government may increase the honoraria being paid to Volunteer Kinder Teachers until such time as they can be made to a regular teachers receiving the standard salary for public school teachers…. — at House of Representatives.

Solon blocks move to allow teachers’ transfer without consent

Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

Solon blocks move to allow teachers’ transfer without consent

Major change buried in budget bill to cause teacher unrest

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio slammed government’s plan to empower the Department of Education (DepEd) to transfer teachers between schools even without their consent.

The move is revealed by the insertion in Special Provision No. 8 under DepEd’s budget of contentious clauses stating that “appointments of teachers shall be made by school division, which shall be identified as their station…[T]eachers may be transferred within a station to address the imbalances resulting from excess or shortage of teachers by reason of decrease or increase of enrolment.”

Tinio proposed to the House Committee on Appropriations Tuesday the deletion of said portion as this violates “one of the most cherished provisions of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.”  Its Section 6 prohibits the transfer of a teacher from one station to another without consent and protects teachers from arbitrary and capricious transfers.  Per current practice, a teacher’s station is the elementary or high school where he or she is appointed.

“By redefining ‘station’ to mean ‘division,’ the proviso nullifies the teacher’s right against being uprooted from his or her school and immediate community,” said Tinio.  “Transfer of assignment is a major decision on the part of the teacher as it entails the displacement of the teacher and his or her family—especially in province-wide divisions and areas where schools are few and far between, common in far-flung areas.”

“Government should not cause this displacement without first securing the consent of the teacher concerned.”

In addition, Tinio argued that government must first give priority to address shortages and hire 61,510 techers, as President Aquino promised.

Tinio added that for a provision that will gravely affect the rights and welfare of teachers, it was inserted into the General Appropriations Bill without prior consultation with teachers and teachers’ organizations.

The progressive solon warned that government will face the unrest of teachers who will be surprised that they can be transferred in the blink of an eye.  ###


Solon proposes free medical exams for teachers


25 September 2012


Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio today proposed to the House Committee on Appropriations to set aside P311.8 million for free medical check-ups for public school teachers.  The amount would enable the Department of Education to give more than 600,000 teachers a “medical examination allowance” of P500 per teacher beginning 2013.

Tinio lamented that the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (Republic Act 4670) mandates annual medical exams of public school teachers to be free but national government does not subsidize it.  The ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers provides the same right.

Tinio stressed the rationale for the allowance in his proposal to outgoing Appropriations chair Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya:  “This right is granted under domestic and international laws because the practice of their profession exposes teachers daily to physical and nervous strain, and renders them as well as their students vulnerable to diseases and other health risks.”

“We are about to celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, the 46th year anniversary of the Recommendation’s adoption in 1966,” said Tinio.  “Let the inclusion of teachers’ medical exam allowance in the 2013 budget be government’s gift for this occasion, and genuine expression of gratitude to them.”

During the deliberations for its budget before the Appropriations Committee, DepEd supported the insertion of a Special Provision under its budget that would make the allowance possible.  Secretary Armin Luistro and Undersecretary for Finance Francis Varela said that they are amenable to the allowance, provided that a source for the fund can be found.

Tinio proposed to source the allowance from the P4-billion Public-Private Partnership School Building fund. ###