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[ 24 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

The TWG for House Bill 443, The Public School Class Size Law, had its first meeting today, 24 February 2015.

If passed into law, HB 443 will regulate class sizes, give additional compensation to teachers handling classes of more than the standard size (35, except for Kinder classes which is proposed to be at 15), and push DepEd to implement measures to ease the problem of bloated large classes.

Rep. Antonio Tinio at the TWG for House Bill 443, The Public School Class Size Law With Presiding TWG Chair Rep. Magnolia Antonino-Nadres (Nueva Ecija, 4th District)

Rep. Antonio Tinio at the TWG for House Bill 443, The Public School Class Size Law With Presiding TWG Chair Rep. Magnolia Antonino-Nadres (Nueva Ecija, 4th District)

“DepEd’s policy is to assign to teachers oversized classes, instead of assigning to them separate, smaller classes but with more than six hours of teaching time.  This is because DepEd has no obligation to give overload pay to teachers handling oversized classes.  This is precisely the legal loophole, used to abuse teachers and which jeopardizes the quality of education, that this class size bill aims to plug.”

Rep. Antonio Tinio at the TWG for House Bill 443
With Presiding TWG Chair Rep. Magnolia Antonino-Nadres (Nueva Ecija, 4th District) and Resource Persons Teacher Joy Martinez (ACT NCR Union Secretary) and Teacher Cristy Manalo (PPSTA Board Member)

Amendments entered at today’s TWG:
1. Standard size for Kinder classes: 15-25
2. Should it be deemed necessary, DepEd may decrease the standard class sizes (not increase)
3. To address concerns as regards feasibility in the law’s implementation and the budget needed, an amendment that the Secretary come up with measures/plan for a staggered implementation, to be executed within a specified time
5. The new formula for large class honorarium: 3% of hourly rate per excess student based on the number of students at the end of the school year (from the original formulation in the bill which was 1% of hourly rate per excess student)

Resource Persons Teacher Joy Martinez (ACT NCR Union Secretary) and Teacher Cristy Manalo (PPSTA Board Member)

Resource Persons Teacher Joy Martinez (ACT NCR Union Secretary) and Teacher Cristy Manalo (PPSTA Board Member)

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The TWG will meet again on March 11.

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[ 16 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

I join the Honorable Senior Deputy Minority Leader [Bayan Muna] Congressman Neri Colmenares in condemning and denouncing the decision pertaining to the investigation into the Mamasapano encounter.

Mr. Speaker, malinaw na malinaw po ang kaisahan ng dalawang komite [House Committees on Public Safety and Order at Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity] na nag-imbestiga noong isang linggo na ipagpapatuloy bukas at sa Miyerkules ang mga hearing.  Totoo na naging magulo ang kondukta ng hearing dito sa House.  Pero totoo rin na sa kabila nito ay maraming mga mahahalagang impormasyon at mabibigat na tanong na dapat maitanong na lumabas sa hearing na iyon, lalong lalo na sa papel ni Presidente Aquino mismo sa pangyayari sa Mamasapano.

Isang nakabitin na tanong, Mr. Speaker, ay ang usapin ng pag-uusap ni General Purisima at ni Pangulong Aquino sa meeting nila sa Bahay Pangarap [noong January 9, 2015].  Pinatatanong ng komite kay General Purisima: Ano ba ang pinag-usapan ninyo ni Pangulong Aquino?  At kung matatandaan po ninyo, Mr. Speaker, binigyan ng komite si General Purisima ng hanggang bukas para ilinaw kay Pangulong Aquino kung mailalahad ba niya ang napag-usapan nila o magtatago sa executive privilege si Pangulong Aquino.

Mahahalagang tanong po iyan, Mr. Speaker, ngunit dahil kinansela ang hearing, hindi natin maririnig ang sagot.  Kaya ngayon, ang mga nakabiting tanong ay itatanong ko na nang diretso kay Pangulong Aquino–Pangulong Aquino, sasagutin mo ba ang mga tanong na ito, ilalahad mo ba ang buong impormasyon kaugnay sa iyong kapananagutan sa Mamasapano?  Ano ang mga pinag-usapan niyo ni General Purisima sa Bahay Pangarap?  Sasagutin mo ba ito, o magtatago ka sa executive privilege?

Hindi lang ito, hindi lang ang pagkakaturol sa papel at responsibilidad ni President Aquino ang nabitin ngayong natigil na ang nasabing House investigation.  Ngayon, nasa balita na, sa headline ng Philippine Daily Inquirer ang papel ng US dito sa operasyon sa Mamasapano.  “US behind Oplan Exodus”–Iyan po ang malinaw na report ng Philippine Daily Inquirer ngayon at ayon sa isang source na opisyal mismo ng SAF.  Ang opisyal na ito mismo ang nagkumpirma sa napakalalim na involvement ng US mismo sa operasyon sa Mamasapano, sa pagbigay ng intelligence information, sa paglabas ng pondo para mabili ang intelligence information, sa pag-command mismo ng operasyon.  Binanggit ang pangalan ng Amerikano, a certain Allan Konz, na nasa tactical command post daw sa Shariff Aguak at nagbibigay ng instructions sa mga tropa ng Special Action Force sa mga sandaling iyon.

Mr. Speaker, obligasyon ng Kongresong ito na alamin ang katotohan ng mga ulat na ito, Mr. Speaker.  Ngunit dahil sa desisyon ng pamunuan ng House, natigil ang imbestigasyon.  Tila binubusalan ang Kongresong ito.  Hindi po tayo makakapayag, dahil ang tanging nakikinabang dito ay ang Pangulong Aquino.

Malinaw po ang sinasabi ng Konstitusyon, na isang independent and co-equal branch ang Kongresong ito, ngunit bakit tila pumapayag ang institusyong ito na mabusalan ang pagsisikap natin na ilantad ang katotohanan hinggil sa partisipasyon ng US at panghihimasok sa mga internal na usapin, law enforcement operations sa ating bayan.  Bakit hinahadlangan na matunton ng Kongresong ito ang buong partisipasyon at responsibilidad ni Pangulong Aquino sa isang operasyon na nagdulot sa pagkamatay ng napakaraming Pilipino sa ngalan ng US war on terror?  Kaya kaisa po ako kay Representative Colmenares sa panawagan para ituloy ang imbestigasyon.

Maaraming salamat po. ###

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[ 13 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

13 February 2015

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

House author urges immediate issuance of rules for law exempting bonuses from tax

The principal author of the bill exempting bonuses from tax has lauded its signing into law by President Aquino and called for its immediate implementation.

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, principal author of Republic Act 10653 in the House of Representatives, urged the Aquino administration, through its finance and tax chiefs, to immediately issue implementing rules for the new law, which increases the ceiling on tax-exempt bonuses from P30,000 to P82,000.

Tinio said that its benefits need to be felt by the people, especially low- and middle-income earners, as soon as possible.  He explained that the law will  “enable lower- and middle-income earners to take home to their families more of their hard-earned money.”

“We hope that the Department of Finance will not drag its feet in issuing the implementing rules,” said Tinio, noting that the DOF and Bureau of Internal Revenue had vehemently opposed the measure.

“The DOF and BIR should no longer complain about revenue loss.  There will be no revenue loss in the long run because we’ll only be giving the people more of the income that they rightfully earn, and in turn, they will have more to spend for their families.  Greater spending power for the majority of the people will be good for the economy as a whole.” #

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[ 8 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

8 January 2015—Hearing of the Committee on Transportation on the fare increase of MRT and LRT.

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“Wala pang dagdag pasahe sa MRT at LRT ay sobra-sobra na ang sinisingil nila sa pasahero kung ang pagbabayaran ay aktwal na gastusin ng mga linyang ito. Ito ang rasonableng batayan ng pasahe, na ginagawa ng mas abanteng rail systems sa ibang bansa—di dapat kasama ang mga utang at tubo ng mga pribadong kumpanyang may-ari nito.”

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MRT-LRT FARE INCREASE NOT REASONABLE—Rep. Antonio Tinio grills DOTC officials headed by Undersecretary Jose Lotilla.