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ACT Teachers Party-List’s proposed amendments to the 2014 national budget

2 October 2013 No Comment

October 1, 2013—ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio filed with the House Committee on Appropriations the following proposed amendments to the 2014 budget or the General Appropriations Bill:

A. For the budget of the Department of Education

1. Restoration of the Special Provision on the regularization of qualified contractual and volunteer teachers
“Regularization of qualified contractual and volunteer teachers. In the hiring of new teachers, whether to fill unfilled or newly created positions, priority shall be given to qualified contractual and volunteer teachers, whether employed by the DepEd or the local government units. PROVIDED, That the number of years of actual teaching experience shall be given sufficient weight in the hiring of these qualified contractual and volunteer teachers.”

2. Recognition of Magna Carta benefits of public school teachers
“Magna carta benefits of public school teachers. The following benefits shall be granted to public school teachers in compliance with R.A. 4670 and in accordance with existing guidelines: Special Hardship Allowance, Compensation for Teaching Overload, transportation expenses for teachers transferred from one station to another, and cash allowance for annual medical examination.”

3. Cash allowance for annual medical examination
“Cash allowance for annual medical examination. The amount appropriated herein for cash allowance for annual medical examination shall be used exclusively for the payment of Three Hundred Pesos (P300) per teacher per school year and shall be used to defray costs of the annual medical examination.”

B. For the budgets of State Universities and Colleges

1. Restoration of the Special Provision on regularization of qualified part-time faculty
“Regularization of qualified part-time faculty. In the hiring of new faculty, whether to fill unfilled or newly created positions, priority shall be given to qualified contractual or part-time faculty.”

2. Funding for the implementation of National Budget Circular 461 (promotion of SUC faculty)
– realignment of P521,357,863.73 for the implementation of DBM NBC 461 (guidelines on the promotion of faculty in State Universities and Colleges) from the P2,669,000,000 in additional MOOE granted to the Commission on Higher Education as a result of the abolition of PDAF

3. Creation of 3,000 new teaching items
– realignment of P777,660,000 (computed using P239,280 annual salary of Instructor I) from the P2,669,000,000 in additional MOOE granted to the Commission on Higher Education as a result of the abolition of PDAF

4. Creation of 1,000 new non-teaching items
– realignment of P117,000,000 (computed using P117,000 annual salary of Salary Grade I) from the P2,669,000,000 in additional MOOE granted to the Commission on Higher Education as a result of the abolition of PDAF

C. Department of National Defense—General Headquarters, AFP and AFP-Wide Service Support Units

“Withholding of operational funds of AFP units involved in gross human rights violations. Upon a determination by the Commission on Human Rights, of credible evidence that a unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has committed a gross violation of human rights, the operational funds, including combat expenses, of the unit concerned shall be withheld until the CHR determines and reports to the President that the Secretary of the Department of National Defense and law enforcement authorities have taken effective measures to identify the responsible member/s of the unit and filed the appropriate charges, if warranted.”

D. Department of the Interior and Local Government—Philippine National Police

“Withholding of operational funds of PNP units involved in gross human rights violations. Upon a determination by the Commission on Human Rights, of credible evidence that a unit of the Philippine National Police has committed a gross violation of human rights, the operational funds of the unit concerned shall be withheld until the CHR determines and reports to the President that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and law enforcement authorities have taken effective measures to identify the responsible member/s of the unit and filed the appropriate charges, if warranted.”

E. General Provisions

1. Prohibition against impoundment of appropriations, to prevent the President from withholding funds already appropriated
“Prohibition Against Impoundment of Appropriations. The President shall release all budgetary allocations provided for in the GAA, except in the following circumstances: a) when the President submits a proposal to Congress to impound or permanently withhold the release of a particular appropriation item and Congress does not act on the proposal within forty-five (45) calendar days from its submission to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, unless during the said period the Congress by a Concurrent Resolution denies or rejects the proposal by a vote of a simple majority of the quorum: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the time covered by the periodic adjournments of Congress shall not be reckoned in the computation of the 45-day period; and b) when the President temporarily defers the release of a particular appropriation item upon prior written notice to Congress, through the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which deferment shall subsist unless Congress stops or rejects the deferment in a Concurrent Resolution adopted by a simple majority of the quorum.”

2. Use of savings
“Sec. 65. Use of Savings. The President of the Philippines, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Heads of Constitutional Commissions under Article IX of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the Ombudsman, and the Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights are hereby authorized to augment any item in this Act for their respective offices from savings in other items of their respective appropriations.”

3. Magna carta benefits
– inclusion of Magna Carta benefits of public school teachers in Section 49, as further official recognition of said benefits

4. Compliance with transparency provisions and posting requirements
“Liability for non-compliance with reporting and posting requirements. Failure to submit reports and other information mandated in the Special and General Provisions of this Act shall render the Head of the concerned Agency and other responsible officers liable to appropriate administrative and criminal charges.

“Failure to post information on the official website of the concerned Agency as mandated in the Special and General Provisions of this Act shall likewise render the Head of Agency and the Agency’s web administrator or his/her equivalent liable to appropriate administrative and criminal charges.” ###

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