15 December 2013
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
A massive lay-off will be President Aquino’s Christmas gift to DepEd employees.
This is what ACT Teachers solon Antonio Tinio revealed, with the issuance in December 3 of the rules implementing DepEd’s rationalization plan (RatPlan), which, within four months, will trim down the largest department in government.
The RatPlan requires DepEd to come up with a new staffing pattern for its central, regional, and division offices, with less or equal positions than the current roster. Positions in excess of the new roster will be declared non-vital or redundant.
Deped has yet to disclose the number of affected permanent and non-permanent personnel. However, a DepEd official estimated that about 10,000 regular, casual, and contractual non-teaching personnel, administrative officers, nurses, janitors, and other employees nationwide will be affected by the en masse lay-off.
Tinio questions DepEd’s hurried implementation of the plan, which DBM approved on November 15. Employees from several divisions have complained they were not even fully apprised of what will happen before being told of getting the axe. Under the implementing rules, yesterday, December 15, all casuals and contractuals were effectively fired with the abolition of their positions, except those qualified to retire. Regulars have until January 15 only to choose either “co-terminus with the incumbent” status or early retirement.
“Hindi makakatulong ang pagmamadaling ito sa karaniwang kawani lalo na’t papasok na ang Pasko’t bagong taon,” Tinio argued. “Panibagong delubyo rin ito para sa mga nasalanta ng Yolanda at iba pang bagyo pati na rin ang naapektuhan sa stand-off sa Zamboanga.”
Tinio urged Education Secretary Armin Luistro to, at the minimum, issue a moratorium against the RatPlan to give time to the affected employees to adjust.
“But scrapping the plan is Bro. Armin’s most humane course, as a massive lay-off is contrary to the sector’s demand for higher salaries, security of tenure, and additional positions.”
Tinio added that the lay-off plan will pave the way for contractualization of some services necessary to education, and warned that it will cause more overwork to teachers. “Isa itong porma ng pagtitipid ng gubyerno sa isang pangunahing serbisyo-sosyal, dahil hindi na niya kailangang swelduhan kada taon ang libu-libong kawaning may complementary functions sana sa pangunahing function ng ahensya.”
Starting Monday, teaching and non-teaching personnel under the banner of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers will be holding protests in the Central and Division offices of DepEd. ###