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[ 11 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]
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PRESS RELEASE
10 December 2016
References: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-922-0817) and Rep. France Castro (0920-969-8457)
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France Castro together with the teachers, Lakbayanis from Visayas, and other sectors join the protests and commemoration of the International Human Rights Day. They attended the Peace Forum held at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the immersion in the Kampuhan of the Lakbayanis in PUP. The contingent had a caravan from PUP to the Philippine Normal University (PNU) then to Liwasang Bonifacio and ended at Mendiola to call for the pressing issues on human rights.
“In solidarity with all the sectors who are advocates of human rights, we call on the Duterte government to respect the basic human rights of the people, including the demand of government employees—the bulk of whom are public school teachers—for decent salaries. We demand for urgent and substantial salary increases,” said Castro. “We urge the President to consider the present dire economic conditions of our teachers whose take-home pay is insufficient to meet the daily needs of their families. They end up taking out loans from Government Service Insurance System, banks, and worse, private lenders who bleed them out with usurious loans.” Read more…

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[ 9 Dec 2016 | One Comment ]
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PRESS RELEASE
09 December 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro (09209698457)
ACT Teachers Party-List Representative France Castro, together with teacher-leaders from the Visayas and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Deputy Sec. Gen. Mabelle Caboboy had a dialogue with the Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Alberto Muyot and Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) Ronilda Co with regard to the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) assistance given to teachers devastated by Yolanda and other natural calamities in the past three years.
Visayan teacher-leaders presented their issues and concerns regarding the Yolanda assistance fund including a petition from their region. The processing of the documents by the divisions and PMS had been extremely slow, thus delaying the assistance and leaving teachers heavily indebted. Since typhoon Yolanda, promised aid has yet to fully reach intended beneficiaries.
Said aid is sourced from the President’s Social Fund (PSF) to reimburse housing repair and reconstruction expenses of government employees in the affected regions including thousands of public school teachers and employees. The PSF is managed by the Presidential Management Staff, an office under the Office of the President. Read more…

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[ 9 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]

Rep. Castro and the Visayan leader-teachers had a dialogue with DepEd regarding the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) assistance fund:

– Dir. Ronilda Co of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) explained the nature of the Presidential Social Fund (PSF) given by the PMS to the victims of the supertyphoon Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which hit provinces of Visayas. She presented the timeline of events regarding this assistance fund from January, 2014 onwards. Dir. Co reiterated that the whole amount of the assistance per teachers will not be released without full liquidation of all teacher-beneficiaries in all divisions belonging to the same batch.

– Rep. Castro probed into the problem of the delays since the PMS created the assistance fund in January, 2014. She asked about the reasons behind the delays of the liquidation in the division level. Dir. Co pointed out that the auditing by field COA is a factor in the delay. Co reported that in Bohol, Cebu and Tagbilaran, there are thousands of liquidation documents tabled in the local COA office. As per PMS issuance, they may accept the certification by the Division Accountant pursuant to COA Guidelines to hasten the audit process.

 

Commitments/Resolutions:

  1. USec. Muyot said that he will ask the PMS to take a “liberal interpretation” of their agreed policies for release. To make it equitable to all, those who have submitted complete documents in time of the deadline should be given the full amount of assistance, regardless if the others in the same batch were not able to comply.
  2. Dir. Co will call the attention of the SDS of those divisions who have not yet submitted their liquidation of the 1st tranche or have incomplete documents.
  3. The parties in the dialogue agreed that they will lobby for a 3rd batch of beneficiaries to cover those who were excluded but are qualified beneficiaries. All those not included upon the Dec 1, 2016 deadline set must be included. DepEd will ask PMS for the terms of evidence to be required for a 3rd batch.
  4. Usec Muyot asked Dir. Co to immediately contact Dir. Domingo Flores of the PMS to set a meeting with an Associate Secretary to negotiate with. DepEd, along with a representative of ACT Philippines will set a meeting with PMS on December 19.
  5. DepEd agreed to provide ACT coordinators in the field a list of teachers who have deficiencies in their liquidation requirements and what are their specific deficiencies. A one week deadline was set by DepEd for the compliance of divisions with deficiencies.1 2 3

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[ 8 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE
08 December 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-922-0817) and Rep. France Castro (0920-969-8457)

Regularization is the best gift this season for JOs and COSs – Solons

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and France Castro welcome President Duterte’s approval of Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Taguiwalo’s recommendation to give cash gifts to Job Order (JOs), contract of service (COSs), and project-based (PB) workers in the government. However, the solons maintain that the government has yet to regularize these workers in order to realize Duterte’s promise to end “endo” or “end of contract” in the country.

Taguiwalo originally recommended a minimum of P10,000 incentive for each worker but upon the remark of Department of Budget and Management Sec. Benjamin Diokno that it would cost the government around P3.5 Billion, the President approved giving only P2,000 bonus each to more than 100,000 COS, JO and PB workers.

“We laud the President’s move but the only way for government to fully recognize the contributions of COS, JO and PB workers is to make them regular employees,” said Tinio. “It is high time that we give those who are qualified for plantilla positions the same status as regular employees for they are actually performing regular functions of the agencies they serve.”

The solons are staunch advocates of the rights and welfare of these contractual employees in the government. During the 2017 budget deliberations, Rep. Tinio castigated the Civil Service Commission for the alarming data of 595,162 employees in the government hired under job order in 2016. Their number had doubled in the span of two years since 2014.

Tinio pointed out that the practice of hiring COS, JO and PB workers to perform regular functions of government agencies violates the Administrative Code and other laws. He also scored the failure of CSC and COA to issue regulations that will protect their rights. Rep. Castro had been urging the increase of the number of plantilla positions in the different agencies.

“Ending “endo” in government is protecting the rights of thousands of Filipinos who toil in government agencies, including state colleges and universities or SUCs without security of tenure,” Castro ended.