ACT Teachers Party-List salutes UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan’s hospitality, recognition and support to the causes of the national minority Lakbayanis. We commend his convictions expressed in his column (‘Assaulted, betrayed’, Philippine Daily Inquirer)*. We join him in condemning the October 19 brutal dispersal of the rally in front of the U.S. Embassy as an assault to the University of the Philippines and to all freedom loving Filipinos.
We quote, “The national minorities are UP’s guests, so I cannot but feel UP was assaulted, too. And because UP is the national university, the assault, the betrayal, is against the nation as well. I also cannot help but think: Would we have witnessed such an affront if it had not been the US Embassy being defended, and if the ralliers were not national minorities?”
Summary of the dialogue on the Implementation of R.A. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Law held today, 20 October 2016:
Representatives from ACT Teachers Party-List including Congresswoman France Castro, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines, and the ACT National Capital Region Union raised the following to the attention of officials of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC Commissioner Yolanda Reyes, CPD Program Manager Gerard Sanvictores, and Board of Professional Teachers Vice Chairperson Paz Lucido):
- Continuing professional development is a right of all teachers and should therefore be provided by the government without additional burden and expense.
- Representatives of the teaching profession should be consulted in the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the CPD Law or Republic Act 10912 and the operational guidelines specific to the teaching profession. In line with this, the PRC and the BPT committed to (1) invite us in the consultations, (2) accept our position papers on the inclusion of safeguards for the protection of teachers, and (3) admit our nominations for membership into the CPD Council, which will formulate the operational guidelines for the teaching profession.
- Programs of the DepEd already in place such as the in-service (INSET) and other trainings and seminars, as well as self-directed learning and seminars and activities of teachers’ unions and organizations, should be recognized as credit-earning. This is so that teachers will no longer need to go outside of DepEd and their own organizations and pay for courses or offerings of private accredited entities.
- ACT together with ACT Teachers Party-list, have registered the need to amend Republic Act 10912 through legislation to review the validity and payment of Identification Card in favor of teachers and other professionals.
- The PRC clarified that RA 10912 is effectively suspended until the issuance of the IRR and operational guidelines, targeted to be by 2017. Until then, the completion of units will not yet be required for teachers to continue practice.
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Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
House panel hears FOI bills, aims for swift passage
The House Committee on Public Information conducted Tuesday the first hearing in the 17th Congress of the proposals for a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. The panel, chaired by ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio, heard initial comments of several government agencies and FOI advocates on 30 bills, a resolution, and a privilege speech on the proposed FOI law, then created a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate them. Approval of the bill by the House is targeted to be by end of 2016.
“With his issuance of Executive Order 2 on FOI, President Duterte has already sent a strong go signal for Congress to enact an FOI law,” said Tinio. “And considering that FOI has been languishing in Congress for nearly three decades now, we aim to come up with a harmonized FOI bill and have it approved by the House as soon as possible, by the end of this year.”
“Of course, we will ensure substantial consultations not only with government agencies but also with concerned sectors—all towards crafting a genuine FOI that will guarantee the widest access to information on matters of public concern,” added Tinio.
The TWG is slated to convene by end of next week, before Congress goes on session break. ###