27 June 2016
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
Citing testimonies of faculty in public and private colleges and senior high school teachers, ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio revealed that, far from being the “best school opening ever,” the start of School Year 2016-2017 highlighted the fact that the K to 12 Program of the Aquino administration resulted in mass termination and displacement, diminution of salaries and benefits, and widespread contractualization of teachers and other school employees.
Tinio said that, at a recent consultation with his office, representatives of public and private colleges and universities confirmed the mass removal of faculty, contractualization, and government’s failure to deliver its promised assistance to affected employees.
Faculty of Miriam College reported that 21 tenured professors in General Education were forced to resign under its Early Separation Program, touted by the school as “voluntary.” It is now implementing a Mandatory Separation Program for its GE instructors and professors. Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas laid off a number of its part-time and fixed-term faculty, allegedly due to “end of contract,” then told them to reapply in its SHS program. The school also still hired new faculty for college, belying the school’s claim of lack of enrollment and confirming the teachers’ view that the school removed them only to prevent them from getting tenured and to cut on labor costs. The UST faculty fear more layoffs in the coming two to three years.
Tinio also revealed that the dismissed faculty cannot avail of the scholarship or livelihood assistance under the Augmented Measures Program from DOLE, belying the recent statement of outgoing Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz who claimed that DOLE will help teachers displaced by K to 12. The faculty that Tinio consulted said that DOLE requires proof that the teachers were dismissed by reason of K to 12, a fact not admitted by school administrations which issue certifications stating “end of contract” as ground for dismissal. As result, DOLE has yet to sufficiently protect the estimated 23,000 K to 12 affected employees. Per Baldoz, DOLE has already given scholarship grants to a little more than 4,000 teachers.
Tinio added that faculty and teachers are now experiencing drastically reduced pay, with DepEd hiring some of the dismissed teachers as Teacher I, a position paid only P19,077 a month. Some of them were previously earning monthly salaries of around P40,000, and/or have masteral or doctoral degrees with long years of service. This is contrary to what Secretary Armin Luistro promised during public congressional hearings—that these displaced teachers will be hired as Master Teachers (minimum of P33,452).
Private SHSs, on the other hand, are reported to hire most, if not all, of SHS teachers as low-paid contractuals. For instance, all teachers of CEU Integrated School were made to sign one-page contracts stating that they will only be hired for three years, as contractual and non-tenured. The contracts can be terminated at the end of the three years, or earlier if the teacher is rated lower than Very Satisfactory.
“K to 12 brought into our schools the practice of ‘endo’ used by employers like factories or malls, which hire laborers for fixed short terms such as six months, with little or no benefits, then repeatedly rehired to cut on labor costs,” Tinio lamented. “With these reports coming directly from our affected faculty, we have seen that K to 12 is an assault on job security, the right to decent salary and benefits, and other rights of labor. This is ironic because while Duterte vowed to put an end to contractualization, it is now becoming widespread in the education sector.”
Tinio said that his group and the affected faculty will be seeking dialogues with the incoming secretaries of education, labor, and higher education in the coming days to demand them to address these issues. They will also be pursuing measures against the Aquino government to exact accountability for its failure to deliver its promises to the K to 12-affected employees.
Tinio also urged the incoming Duterte administration to review the implementation of Aquino’s K to 12 by going down to the field and surveying the actual conditions in public and private senior high schools. “We invite President-elect Duterte and his appointed secretaries to sit down with the affected stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and students who can attest to the disaster that is K to 12.” ###
SAHOD, ITAAS! PRESYO AT BUWIS, IBABA!
EDUKASYON, KALUSUGAN, AT PABAHAY—KARAPATAN NG MAMAMAYAN!
Mga basihan ng pagkakaisa ng Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) at nila Grace Poe at Chiz Escudero, mga kandidato para pagka-pangulo at pagka-pangalawang pangulo:
#3: Pagtuunan ng pansin ang pagtataas ng sahod at pagpapalakas ng seguridad sa trabaho
“Dapat pagtuunan ng pansin kung sapat pa ang sweldo at benepisyo ng bawat manggagawa at lingkod-bayan. Mahirap magtrabaho at manilbihan kung nagugutom ang iyong pamilya. Karapatan ng isang trabahador ang marangal at legal na pagkakakitaan.
x x x
“Ipasa ang panukalang itaas ang sweldo ng mga guro at ipatupad ang sweldo ng mga nars sa P25,000 at makabuluhang dagdag sa sweldo ng lahat ng kawani ng pamahalaan. x x x Palakasin ang seguridad sa trabaho. Ipagbawal ang malaganap na kontraktwalisasyon ng paggawa.
“Malaking porsyento ng budget ng bawat pamilya ay napupunta sa pambayad sa kuryente. Kailangang gumawa ng mga hakbang at maghanap ng paraan para maibaba ang singil sa kuryente, tubig at presyo ng bigas at iba pang pangunahing bilihin. Kaugnay nito, rerebyuhin ang patakaran ng liberalisasyon, pribatisasyon at deregulasyon.
“Isa na tayo sa may pinaka-mataas na buwis sa buong mundo. Dapat itong pagsikapang mapababa, para matugunan ang hinaing ng mga manggagawa at empleyado na bawasan ang napakalaking income tax. Kaugnay ng pagbababa ng buwis, kailangan itong suklian ng tama at walang dayang pagbabayad, pagkat nasa tamang pagbabayad ng buwis nakasalalay ang agaran at de-kalidad ng serbisyo ng inyong pamahalaan.”
#4: Palawakin ang sistema ng pampublikong edukasyon, kalusugan at pabahay
“Palakihin ang badyet at paghusayin ang sistema ng edukasyon para mapalawak ang bilang ng nakakapag-aral at maitaas ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa lahat ng antas. Punuan ang malalaking kakapusan sa mga guro, textbooks, silid-aralan at pasilidad. Wala tayong gagawing budget cut sa State Colleges and Universities. Kung kinakailangan ibaling ang badyet mula sa ibang pinaglalaanan, gawin natin, dahil kailangang ayusin ang lahat ng silid-aralan, mag-‘digital’ at tapusin ang lahat ng kakulangan o backlog. Sikapin din na palawakin ang ating scholarship programs at pagtibayin ang lalo pang ‘study now, pay later programs’. Tulungan din nating makapag-internship at trabaho ang mga college students para habang nag-aaral kumikita na sila at kapag nagtapos, ay mayroon nang work experience.
“Ang kalusugan ng bawat isa ay mahalaga. Hindi dapat mabangkarote ang pamilya ng may-sakit, hindi rin sila dapat mamili kung sila ba’y kakain o bibili ng gamot para sa may sakit na mahal sa buhay. Dagdagan at palakasin ang mga ospital pampubliko. Tiyakin na may mga health center sa lahat ng komunidad at may sapat na dami ng gamot, doktor, nurse at midwife. Dapat rebyuhin ang patakaran ng komersyalisasyon at pribatisasyon ng mga pampublikong ospital. Ang serbisyong pangkalusugan ay hindi pribilehiyo ng may pera kundi isang karapatang dapat ibinibigay sa bawat miyembro ng lipunan. Ipatupad nang lubusan ang batas para sa Child Nutrition na may feeding programs sa lahat ng pampublikong paaralan at day care center sa Pilipinas. Panahon nang magkaroon ng Standard Lunch Program sa lahat ng pampublikong paaralan.
“Magpatupad ng subsidized mass housing program para sa mahihirap. Isagawa ang on-site, near-site at in-city relocation at housing settlement.”
Basahin ang 9-point agenda sa Deklarasyon ng Pag-endorso ng Makabayan kina Grace at Chiz at “Tugon nina Grace at Chiz sa mga mithiin ng bayan.”
Ang MAKABAYAN ay ang bloke ng mga progresibong party-lists na nagsusulong ng agenda ng masang Pilipino sa Kongreso. Miyembro rito si ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio at Bayan Muna Rep. Neri J. Colmenares, kandidato para pagka-senador. ###
September 4, 2015
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
Solon asks DOLE to account for unexplained P832.2 M in its 2016 budget proposal
The Department of Labor and Employment cannot account for P832.295 million in its proposed budget for 2016.
At the House budget hearing on Thursday, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio asked DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz to account for an P832.295 million discrepancy in her department’s 2016 budget proposal.
Tinio noted that, as presented in the budget submitted by Pres. Aquino for congressional approval, DOLE Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) would receive the highest allocation for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) among all regions, with a budget of P952.815 million. “This is highly improbable, considering that MIMAROPA is one of the smallest, least populated regions in the country. Yet DOLE is asking for a budget that’s nearly double that of the National Capital Region.” MIMAROPA is the region comprised of the island provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.
Tinio further noted that, according to the allocations for each program of the DOLE, MIMAROPA would only be receiving a total of P120.520 million. “Hence, there’s an unexplained discrepancy of 832.295 million in the DOLE budget proposal.”
Secretary Baldoz was not able to explain the discrepancy and asked the Committee on Appropriations for more time to submit an answer.
“DOLE needs to explain this significant discrepancy as soon as possible, preferably before the budget reaches the plenary,” said Tinio after the hearing. He noted that the amount unaccounted for represents 16% of the total MOOE of the agency. “If DOLE cannot explain, then their budget proposal has been padded significantly and obviously cannot be approved.” #