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[ 1 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]

The post entitled “Has your district representative signed up for your salary increase?”—as reflected in its title and text—refers only to Rep. Tinio’s HB 245, and not to any other bill pending in the HoR or Senate calling for similar salary increases.  The table indicating YES and NO next to the names of congressmen/women merely reports those who signed as co-authors to said bill as of 26 June 2014As our bill is still in the first stages of the law-making process (still pending deliberations at the committee level), it has not yet been voted upon by the House of Representatives.

Please check this updated post for the list of Members of the Lower House who have signed as co-authors as of 2 October 2014 (as reflected in the official records of the House of Representatives Journal Service).

Please be advised accordingly.

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[ 26 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

TURNO EN CONTRA

Ipinahayag ni Bayan Muna Rep. Neri J. Colmenares

Setyembre 26, 2014

 

PPP sa 2015 Badyet:

Maling Patakaran, Maling Prayoridad, Malaking Pork Barrel!

 

Ginoong Speaker, mga kapwa mambabatas, salamat sa pagkakataong ibinigay sa representasyong ito para maipahayag ang posisyon ng mahihirap at aping mamamayan sa panahong ito ng Turno En Contra.

Sinasabing nasasalamin sa pambansang badyet ang patakarang pang-ekonomya at prayoridad ng pamahalaan. Tama ito. Narito po ako para ipakita sa inyo na maling-mali ang PPP ng P2.6 trilyong 2015 budget.

Ang tinutukoy ko po ay  hindi ang Pantawid Pamilya Program o ang Public – Private Partnership, bagamat mali rin ang mga programang ito.

Ang tinutukoy kong maling PPP ay ang maling patakaran, maling prayoridad at malaking pork barrel sa pambansang badyet.

Ginoong Speaker, ano nga ba ang pangunahing mga problema ng mamamayan? Ano ang solusyon at tamang patakaran para malutas ang mga problemang ito?

Laganap na kawalang hanapbuhay at kahirapan – ito ang pangunahing problema ng bayan. Hindi ito kayang burahin ng pinagyayabang na paglago ng gross domestic product. Hindi ito simpleng usapin ng “trickle down” na masosolusyonan ng pagpapalaki sa P64.7B PPP o conditional cash transfer, ng pansamantalang trabaho sa pamamagitan ng programang Tupad at ng public-private partnership.

Hindi dole-out at band-aid solution ang tamang solusyon at patakaran.

Hindi maunlad ang ating ekonomiya, hindi makalikha ng trabaho at nakabubuhay na kita. Hindi ito produkto ng force majure o climate change, ng katamaran, o kamangmangan. Masisipag at matatalino ang mga Pilipino. Mayaman tayo sa natural resources. 

Nasa atin ang lahat para mapaunlad at maindustriyalisa ang ating bansa tulad ng mga mauunlad na bansa ngayon.

Pero mali ang sistema at mali ang patakarang pang-ekonomiya. Ang ating ekonomya ay kinokontrol at pinagsasamantalahan ng dayuhan at ilang malaking kapitalista at asendero habang naghihirap ang mamamayan.

Ang patakarang pang-ekonomiya ng gubyernong Aquino ay dikta ng dayuhan. Sunud nang sunod ang gubyerno sa dikta ng US, IMF-WB at WTO – liberalisasyon, pribatisasyon at deregulasyon ng ekonomya. Ang mga patakarang ito ang dahilan kaya hindi maindustriyalisa ang ating bansa, kaya hindi mamodernisa ang agrikultura.

Bagsak ang agrikultura, bagsak ang industriya! Sumirit pataaas ang presyo ng bawang, bigas, langis, tubig, kuryente, gamot, paospital at pagpapaaral ng mga kabataan.  Ramdam ang kahirapan, hindi kaunlaran.

Dapat baguhin ang maling patakarang pang-ekonomiya ng globalisasyon, dapat ang programa at patakaran ay para maindustriyalisa ang bansa. Para mangyari ito dapat magkaroon ng programa para sa tunay na reporma sa lupa at pagtatayo ng mga industriya para lumikha ng maraming trabaho.

Dapat ituon ang badyet sa pagtatayo at pagsuporta sa mga industriya at pagmomodernisa ng agrikutura. Dapat ding ituon ang badyet sa pagbibigay ng libre o murang serbisyo sa kalusugan, edukasyon, abot-kayang kuryente, tubig at mga pangunahing bilihin.  Ngunit hindi ito nangyayari.

Dahil mali ang patakarang pang-ekonomya, mali rin ang prayoridad sa badyet.

Maling iprayoridad sa badyet ang pagbabayad ng utang panlabas, ang pagpapalaki ng badyet militar,  ang conditional cash transfer at pagpapalaki ng pork barrel ng Presidente. The big allocations for these are unproductive, wasteful and prone to corruption.

Inilaan ang P789.8B para sa bayad utang – doble ito ng badyet para sa edukasyon, tatlong ulit ng badyet para sa social security, welfare at employment, walong ulit na malaki sa health budget at 22 beses na mas mataas sa pabahay at community development.

Ikatlong ahensyang may pinakamataas na badyet, P144B, ang AFP / DND na kilabot at talamak sa paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Itinaas sa P64.7B ang Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) sa 2015. Mula 2011 hanggang 2014, pinalaki ang alokasyon sa CCT ng 70% o P13B kada taon. Pero nananatiling mataas ang insidente ng kahirapan, mula sa 23.3 milyong Pilipino noong 2009 tungo sa 24 milyon nitong 2013. Aabot sa 67% ng populasyon ang mahihirap ayon sa IBON Philippines.

Tinalikuran ng gubyerno ang responsibilidad nito na pondohan nang sapat ang serbisyo publiko. Ipinasa sa mga kapitalista para gawing negosyo ang serbisyo publiko. Hindi kukulangin sa P57.2B ang inilaan sa PPP para sa 2015, P30 B dito ang ilalaan para sa Risk Management Program, o pondong publiko na paniyak sa tubo ng mga dayuhan at lokal na mamumuhunan.

Tinitipid at isinasapribado ng gubyerno ang State Colleges and Universities. Sangkatlo o 1/3 lamang ng hinihinging P122.7B ng 110 SUCs ang inilaan sa 2015 budget. Tumataaas ang tuition at iba ang bayarin sa mga SUCs. Malaki pa rin ang kakulangan sa teachers, silid aralan, gamit sa mga pampublikong unibersidad at paaralan.

Samantala, napakaliit na 5% ang dagdag sa badyet sa kalusugan. Malaking bahagi pa nito ay mapupunta bilang lumpsum sa PhilHealth at Health Facilities Enhancement Program na puno ng anomalya. Pinababa sa 24% ng DOH budget ang pondo para sa mga pampublikong ospital, malayo sa 39% noong 2009 bago maupo si Presidente Aquino. Palaging kulang ang pondo, kulang ang gamit, gamot, at health workers, naniningil pa sa mga pampublikong ospital sa buong bansa.

Ang pinakamasahol na nangyari sa badyet ay ito: ginawang isang malaking pork barrel ni Aquino ang Panukalang 2015 Badyet.  Aabot sa humigit-kumulang P958B lump sum discretionary fund o pork barrel ng presidente o ehekutibo ayon sa Ibon Philippines.

Sa kabila ng pagsasabi ng Department of Budget and Management na tanging 1.8% lamang ng kabuuang badyet or 48.1B lamang ang lumpsum, nagkalat sa buong panukalang badyet ang daan-daang bilyong lumpsums o pork barrel ng pangulo kabilang na ang:

  • Budgetary Support to GOCCs, P61.3 B
  • Assistance to LGU, P33.1 B
  • Risk management program, P30 B
  • Support for infra projects and social programs, P20 B
  • Unprogrammed funds, P123 B
  • kalakhan ng Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund P118 B
  • Grassroots Participatory Budgetting, P20.9 B
  • Pamana program, P7.3 B

Nasa ilalim ng diskresyon ng presidente ang P148 B Malampaya funds, P21.2B na Special Accounts at P29.5B na Off Budget Accounts kabilang ang Motor Vehicles Users’ Charge  at President’s Social Fund mula sa PAGCOR at PCSO.

Bukod pa ito sa napakalaking “savings” para sa 2015 na nagkakahalaga ng P123.1B

Ito pa ang nakakagalit – pinababago ni Aquino ang kahulugan ng ‘savings’ para paikutan at labagin ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema kontra sa DAP.

Nagpapakahirap tayo ritong aralin, dinggin, punahin, busisiin ang panukalang pambansang badyet, pero kalagitnaan ng taon at mas malala pwedeng Enero pa lang, maaari nang bagu-baguhin ni Aquino ang pinagtibay nating batas sa badyet. Magpasya lang si Aquino na hindi na ipagpatuloy ang mga proyekto at programa sa simula o kalagitnaan ng taon at ideklarang savings ang pondo para sa mga naturan, pwede nang gastusin ang pondo sa ibang gamit. Magiging pork barrel ni Aquino ang anumang appropriations na ideklara niyang savings.

Mga kasama ko sa Kongreso, huwag nating payagan ang bago at maling depinisyon ng savings. Kung papayag tayo sa gusto ng pangulo, mawawalang saysay ang power of the purse ng Kongreso, lumuhod na lang tayo sa bagong diktador sa badyet, si President Benigno S. Aquino.

Ginoong Speaker, hindi para sa mamamayan ang panukalang 2015 Badyet. Hindi nito tinutugunan ang problema ng mamamayan, tanging dayuhan at iilang malalaking negosyante, asyendero at burukrata ang makikinabang dito. Pinagpapatuloy nito ang PPP sa badyet – maling patakaran at maling prayoridad sa badyet at malala ang tiwaling sistema ng pork barrel.

Ginoong Speaker, hindi dapat ipasa ng Kongreso ang badyet na ito.#

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[ 17 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

16 September 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
 
On the first day of plenary deliberations of the 2015 national budget, a progressive lawmaker revealed that unconstitutional pork for legislators is even heftier under the 2015 budget, a total allocation of P27.39 billion and P94.44 million for each solon.  The total hidden pork increased by nearly 32% from the P20.76 billion in the 2014 budget while each solon’s share shot up from P71.6 million.
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio noted that the following assistance programs of the “hidden pork agencies” infused with funds realigned from the item formerly known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are still funded under the proposed budget:

AGENCY

PROGRAM

2014 GAA

(in ‘000)

2015 proposed budget (in ‘000)

DOH

Assistance to Indigent Patients

P 3,193,950

P 1,762,349

DOLE

Government Internship Program (GIP) and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers “TUPAD” Project

1,022,000

611,730

TESDA

Special Training for Employment Program

1,022,000

543,350

DSWD

Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services

4,090,000

3,642,405

CHED and SUCs

Tulong Dunong Program

4,124,200

2,459,287

DPWH

Local Infrastructure Program

7,309,494

18,369,350

 

TOTAL

P 20,761,644

P 27,388,471

Tinio also noted that the amounts of hidden pork per agency decreased by up to 46.83% except DPWH’s, which more than doubled (up by 105.31%).  Each solon’s share in infrastructure projects went up from P25.2 million in the current year to P94.44 million.
The lump sums per solon in all agencies decreased by up to P47%, except in the case of DPWH, which more than doubled from P25.2 million in 2014 to P94.44 million in 2015.  This set-up now makes hard projects have a 2/3 share in a solon’s the total hidden pork.  The old PDAF system allocated P40 million for hard projects out of the P70 million allocation per solon.

LUMP SUM PER SOLON

2014 GAA

2015 GAB

DOH

P 10.5 M

P 6.08 M

DOLE

3.5 M

2.11 M

TESDA

3.5 M

1.87 M

DSWD

14.0 M

12.56 M

CHED & SUCs

14.0 M

8.48 M

DPWH

25.2 M

63.34 M

P 71.6 M

P 94.443 M

The heads of these hidden pork agencies have earlier admitted that they still invite and admit referrals or recommendations of solons as to who will be the beneficiaries of these programs, a practice already declared illegal by the Supreme Court late 2013.  Most notable are the admissions of CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan aired at a closed-door hearing of the House Committee on Appropriations, of DOH Undersecetary Janette Garin at a meeting with solons, and of DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman during their recent budget briefing.
“It is clear that Aquino’s announcement that he has abolished the PDAF is nothing more than posturing,” said ACT Teachers Antonio L. Tinio.  ”Not only did he continue PDAF in 2014 despite the Supreme Court ruling banning it–he will bestow pork to legislators in the next year.  Still in secret but with even larger servings.”
Tinio proposed to further itemize lump sums in the budgets of the hidden pork agencies.
“And to make a clear the message that this government is serious in complying with the law and the people’s demand against all forms of pork and political patronage, Congress and Malacanang should enact a budget law explicitly prohibiting formal and informal practices of post-enactment intervention.”
Tinio ended that they will continue to oppose the perpetuation of illegal hidden congressional pork and move for the deletion of these provisions allowing solons to have personal lump sums that preserve the politicization of the delivery of social services.  ###

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[ 9 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

8 September 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

Citing the reality that low pay takes lives, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and representatives of education workers demanded for immediate substantial salary increases for public sector employees.  This call coincided with the briefing for DepEd’s proposed 2015 budget Monday afternoon and the Grand Lobbying for Salary Increase of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the second lobby effort this year at the Lower House for the immediate passage of pending bills for pay hikes for education workers and other government employees.

 

“It is not only loan sharks like PO3 Domino Alipio who kill and maim public school teachers and other state workers,” said Tinio, referring to a policeman who went on a shooting rampage in Pangasinan National High School after failing to collect payments for usurious loans from its teachers.  “By refusing to enact salary increases despite the continuing rise of the cost of living, the government itself is the very cause of the suffering of its employees.”

 

Tinio stressed that the 2015 budget is the right opportunity to make immediate pay hikes possible, and that the recent junking of four impeachment complaints against him proves that he could push Congress, which is led by his party and coalition allies, to do anything if he wants to or if it would be to his benefit.

 

“This time, we dare him to push Congress to do what is to the benefit of the people—to amend the 2015 budget bill with a provision for salary increases.”

 

Tinio has previously slammed Malacanang for its refusal to back proposed legislated salary increases despite a legal mandate to enact pay increases in the annual budget and resounding support from solons both in the Lower House and the Senate.  To date, Tinio’s House Bill 245 or the proposed hike to P25,000 and P15,000 of the salaries of teachers and non-teaching employees, respectively, has garnered the support of 121 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

 

He also noted that the Aquino government should take the Pangasinan shooting as a wake-up call to ease its employees’ economic woes.  “Hindi na dapat niyang hintayin na may mapaslang o masaktan muli sa hanay ng mga guro at kawaning lubog sa utang dahil hindi na makaagapay ang kanilang sweldo sa para sa araw-araw nilang gastusin.  At lalong hindi na dapat hintayin ang election year bago niya bigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima ng Pangasinan shooting at iba pang biktimang kawani sa buong bansa na nagtitiis sa kakarampot na sahod.”  ###