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ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on DBM Secretary Diokno’s recommendation to veto chalk allowance hike

2 June 2017 No Comment

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on DBM Secretary Diokno’s recommendation to veto chalk allowance hike

We’re dismayed that at this early stage, DBM Secretary Diokno is already talking about vetoing the increase in the so-called chalk allowance as prjovided in a bill recently passed in the Senate. The counterpart measure in the House hasn’t even been discussed yet.

His justification that many public schools now use whiteboards belies an utter ignorance of the situation on the ground. Aside from its patent inaccuracy, the annual “chalk allowance’ is used by teachers to pay, not just for chalk, but for other teaching supplies required in the classroom everyday, and which government does not provide them.

Despite the fact that we have been able to successfully raise the chalk allowance from a measly P700 per year in 2011 to P2, 500 currently through yearly interventions in the budget hearings, it’s still not enough, and public school teachers continue to pay for teaching supplies out of pocket. Hence, the necessity of enacting the hike. Our own proposal in the House is ready for swift passage.

This proposal will cost the government P1.5 billion at best. It’s unfortunate that Sec. Diokno has chosen to direct his niggardly penny-pinching at teachers.###

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