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[ 24 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

Ika-24 ng Agosto 2016
Sanggunian: Rep. France L. Castro (0920-969-8457)

Rep. Castro siningil sa DBM ang union incentives para sa mga titser

Iginiit ni Rep. France Castro ng ACT Teachers Party-List sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang paglalaan ng pondo para sa Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive para sa mga pampublikong guro kahapon sa unang araw ng pagsalang sa pagdinig ng 2017 Badyet.

Ang CNA incentive ay ang benepisyong makukuha ng mga kawani sa bisa ng naaprubahan at naipapatupad na CNA sa pagitan ng mga kawani at ng ahensyang kinabibilangan nila. Nilinaw ng kongresista na sa kasalukuyan ay nakadepende sa Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) savings ang pondo para sa naturang incentives.

“Sa pamamagitan ng mga Budget Circulars ng DBM, natatali sa kung ano lamang ang matitipid mula sa MOOE ang nagagamit para sa mga incentives ng mga titser. Masaklap ito sa harap ng reyalidad na hindi na nga sumasapat ang MOOE upang punan ang mga pangangailangan sa paaralan,” aniya.

“Sa kasalukuyang tala, walang nagagamit para sa CNA incentive fund dahil tatlong paaralan lamang sa NCR ang nagdeklara ng MOOE savings kaya ang ACT Teachers Party-List ay nananawagang ibasura ang Budget Circular 2014-2 at isama sa 2017 Budget ang item para sa pondo ng CNA incentive,” dagdag ni Castro.

“Isang patunay ang CNA sa pagitan ng ACT-NCR Union at DepEd-NCR na napirmahan noong Mayo 2015. Mahigit isang taon na ang nakalipas mula nang pirmahan ito ngunit wala pa ring sapat na pondo para sa naturang incentives ng 62,800 na gurong kabilang dito,” sinabi ni Castro.

“Imoral na kukuhanin pa sa MOOE ang pondo para sa CNA incentive kung saan napakalaki ng pangangailangan ng mga paaralan na pangunahing tinutugunan nito [MOOE],” ani ng kongresista.

Matapos ang pagtatanong ni Rep. Castro sa 2017 budget presentation sa Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) ay nangako ang DBM na pag-aaralan ang iba pang mga maaaring pagkuhanan ng pondo para sa CNA incentive.###

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[ 24 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

24 August 2016
Reference: Rep. France L. Castro (0920-969-8457)

Castro: Rechannel PBB funds to salary increases

Due to the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) scheme’s divisive and discriminatory character, Rep. Castro urged the rechanneling of 16.7B PBB funds to salary increase during the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) presentation of the 2017 Budget on Monday.

ACT Teachers Party-List had so long decried the divisive, deceptive and discriminatory character of this system which purports to improve efficiency of government agencies’ functions. “This system creates an atmosphere of competition among employees instead of harmonious cooperation towards providing quality public service to the people,” Castro said.

Due to the lawmakers’ incessant prodding at the new administration’s decision to continue and even increase the PBB funds, DBM Undersecretary Laura Pascua agreed to give reports assessing PBB’s role in improving the efficiency of government agencies and agreed to review guidelines in granting PBB.

Moreover, Castro explained that PBB discriminates rank-and-file government employees because the amount of bonus for each employee depend on his/her salary.

“The PBB scheme is especially unfair to the public school teachers since the criteria used to measure their performance are the NAT scores of the school, drop-out rate, and liquidation capability and expenditure of the schools’ MOOE. Such parameters do not center on evaluating the quality of teacher factor,” Castro ended.

The PBB is part of ex-DBM Sec. Abad’s Performance-Based Incentive System [PBIS] along with PEI, established through EO No. 80, s. 2012 which adopted the Results-Based Performance Monitoring System (RBPMS)—a major governance reform that puts premium in the improvement of the performance management. The previous administration had allotted huge amount of funds to this scheme (14.6B in 2015 and 13.5B for 2016).###

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[ 23 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

23 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Additional pay hikes for state workers not “too ambitious” -solon

Government should grant salary increases in addition to the paltry hikes given under Executive Order 201, the four-year salary hike given by the Aquino administration, said ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio. The militant solon asserted this after the Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno said to Congress, at the presentation of the proposed 2017 budget Monday, that giving salary increases higher than EO 201 is “todo ambisyon” and thus cannot be included in the proposed 2017 budget.
“While we welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes under EO 201,” said Tinio. He reminded DBM that EO 201 is greatly criticized by state workers, especially low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.
“It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to demand for pay hikes greater than EO 201’s P543-per month or P24-per day increase given to entry-level public school teachers. They, along with other education personnel, nurses, clerks, and others in the bureaucracy, only invoke their rights to adequate compensation, to be paid much more than loose change.”
Tinio added that civilian personnel, like the military and police, also need pay hikes. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for additional finances just like those given to military and uniformed personnel. Both sets of government employees serve the people to their utmost, have the same need to adequately provide for their families, and are affected by the same perpetually rising cost of living.”
He also scored the reasoning that salary hikes higher than EO 201 cannot be granted because income taxes will be lowered anyway. “It is not ‘todo ambisyon’ to ask for both substantial salary increases and lower income taxes, as both—not one without the other—answer to the people’s right to a decent standard of living.”
“We urge the Duterte administration and Congress to begin the process towards a salary scheme that will be more responsive to the dire needs of the ordinary Filipino,” ended Tinio. “We offer our proposal as embodied in House Bill 56 which seeks minimum monthly salaries of P16,000 for the lowest-ranked government employee, P25,000 for public school teachers, and P27,000 for college instructors, as well as an augmented Personnel Economic Relief Allowance of P5,000 per month.” ###

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[ 19 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

We laud President Duterte for making good on his commitment to release the Tiamzon couple and other NDF consultants. What the Aquino administration was unwilling and unable to do, the Duterte administration accomplished in a matter of weeks. Pres. Duterte’s courageous action is in stark contrast to the intransigence of former Pres. Aquino and his clique of warmongers, who set aside the peace talks with the Communists and followed the path of all-out war.

The release can be taken as a powerful testament to the President’s commitment to the pursuit of a negotiated peace that will hopefully out an end to the ongoing civil war in our country.

We hope that in the coming weeks, the Duterte administration can follow through towards the release of the hundreds of political prisoners that remain unjustly incarcerated throughout the country.