14 March 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio joined teachers and non-teaching personnel in basic and higher education in a march from Morayta to Mendiola to demand higher salaries for workers in the education sector. The protest action coincides with the budget preparation phase, during which DepEd and CHED along with the other agencies draft their proposed 2015 budgets.
The education workers demand for a minimum monthly salaries of P25,000 for teachers in basic education, P26,878 (Salary Grade 16) for faculty in SUCs, and an additional P6,000 in the base pay of non-teaching staff. They demand for increases in the bonuses and allowances including chalk allowance and PERA.
Lastly, they call for tax relief measures that will make their earnings catch up with the increase in the prices of basic commodities. These include an increase of basic personal and additional exemptions to P75,000 and P40,000 per dependent as well as the raising to P60,000 the ceiling for tax-exempt bonuses.
These demands, Tinio maintained, are more than covered by the P945 billion presidential and congressional pork barrel still in the 2014 budget, which funds are expected to be proposed again in the next year.
“We have said every year that the biggest savings of government is on teachers and other school staff, along with those in other sectors,” said Tinio. ”This policy of tightening the belt of the education sector forces teaching and non-teaching personnel to live within starvation salaries and bonuses, and take on the workload of several persons due to lack of items.”
“As early as now, we are banging on the doors of DBM and Malacanang. We say to them–Let go of their pork and give these public funds to those who should benefit from them. Public monies are best invested on the education of our children and not line politicians’ pockets.” ###