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ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on today’s signing of the 2017 National Budget by Pres. Duterte:

26 December 2016 No Comment

PRESS STATEMENT
22 December 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on today’s signing of the 2017 National Budget by Pres. Duterte:

Together with the Makabayan bloc, I voted against the 2017 natiomal budget, signed into law today by Pres. Duterte, because it will not deliver on the promise of change which swept this administration into power in the recent election. The P3.3 trillion budget will perpetuate the pattern of highly unequal growth, making a handful of rich families stupendously wealthier while unemployment, underemployment, and poverty worsens. The 2017 budget will continue to neglect national industrialization and modernized agriculture based on genuine land reform. Despite the welcome provision of free tuition in state universities and colleges, it will maintain the privatization and commercialization of social services. It will fund the repressive activities of the police and military, closely linked to the worsening human rights situation in the country. This budget will not provide for sufficient salary increases for rank-and-file government employees and perpetuate the proliferation of “endo” workers in the public sector. Instead of addressing job-creation, it maintains the CCT program as the centerpiece poverty safety net. In short, as far as the fundamentals of this budget are concerned, change has not come. ###

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