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[ 2 Jul 2012 | No Comment ]

Spokesperson: Mr. Benjie Valbuena, Vice-Chairperson;  Cellphone Nos.:09182399222; 09162294515;
Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 0919819890

President Aquino’s second year in office ends tomorrow and we, teachers, one of his so-called “masters” has not found a reason to celebrate his Presidency. His core program on education, K to 12 is anti-teacher and anti-people in essence. His “Social Contract with the Filipino People” which was embodied in our country’s 2012 national budget is a contract that prioritizes foreign debt, dole out programs, bloated intelligence funds, and dwindling allocations for social services.
“It is a budget that does not serve the fundamental needs of our people and instead makes use of ineffective measures like the Conditional Cash Transfers and public-private partnerships (PPPs),”Mr. Benjie Valbuena, Vice-chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.
PNoy promised the Filipino people among other things, to improve the quality of education for he considers education as a primary tool to address poverty. But his actions prove it otherwise.  He remained deaf and blind to the demands and calls of the education sector.
PNoy’s education program called K to 12, spelled further degradation of our public school system in particular. Government’s neglect of social services like education is reflected in the budget. Diminishing public funds for public education remains a major issue such that our educational system is in perennial crisis.
“Pnoy must prioritize education in a genuine way – in the current budget call and planning, address long standing deficiencies, shortages and call for a higher Salary Grade for teachers in particular. Job creation and poverty reduction will not happen if the same failed globalization policies of previous administrations are retained. There must instead be more democratic income, asset and wealth reform and greater assertions of economic sovereignty in the country’s international trade and investment relations,”” Mr. Valbuena ended.#####
REPORT CARD
SY 2011-2012
President Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Learning Area
Rating REMARKS
Economics F
Prioritizes debt-servicing and anti-people policies such as those related to mining, land ownership and privatization of public services
Language F
Essentially promotes English as the primary language to be used in schools
Civics and Citizenship F
Has announced full-fledge support to his US Imperialist masters at the expense of the Filipino people
Mathematics F
Has not mastered basic mathematical skills in his decision to allocate a $1B loan to IMF vis-a-vis gross shortages in critical inputs for education such as teachers, classrooms, seats, textbooks, and sanitation facilities.
Science
F
Has no genuine strategic science and technology development plan which is attuned to the needs of the  Filipino people and our economy
The Humanities – Geography
F
Sells our land to multi-national companies but cannot give-up his family’s and his cohorts’ big landholdings
The Humanities – History
F
He should be mindful of his promises to the Filipino people to include the prosecution of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), the case of the Hacienda Luisita, pand victims of gross human rights violations before and during his term as President of this country.
Technology and Livelihood Education
F
Promotes voc-tech to fulfil demands of big  corporations but not for our internal needs as a key component of his despised
K  to12  program.
Ratings:
A Well above the standard expected
B Above the standard expected
C At the standard expected
D Below the standard expected
E Well below the standard expected
F Failed to meet the minimum standards expected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by:
Mr. Benjamin Valbuena
Vice-Chairperson, ACT- Philippines
Mobile No.: 09182399222

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[ 27 Jun 2012 | No Comment ]
News Release
June 27, 2012
Reference: ACT Teachers party list Rep. Antonio Tinio


ACT Teachers party list Rep. Antonio Tinio today expressed his support for the opening of an elementary school at Pag-asa Island which is part of the disputed Spratlys territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“It is indeed a welcome development to hear that a schoolhouse has been set up in Kalayaan town in Pag-asa, this would be a tremendous help in advancing the education of the children in the disputed territory. The families of students also would not have to be separated so that their children can go to school.
Pag-asa lies 527 kilometers (285 nautical miles) west of Palawan. A boat trip to the island could take the entire day, depending on the sea condition.
Islanders walled in the town’s old multipurpose hall, dividing it into two rooms.  For school supplies, the mayor used books donated earlier this year. The Pag-asa mayor is requesting funding from the provincial government and the Department of Education to maintain the school and build more classrooms in the future.
“Aside from the basic curriculum, the values of patriotism and love of country should be inculcated to the students considering that their homes and school stand in a contested area,” said the progressive solon.
Tinio also vowed to send assistance for the Pag-asa school so that the teaching materials and the school supplies would be updated. The party list group is also studying if they can construct a larger and more permanent school building in the island. # # #

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[ 26 Jun 2012 | No Comment ]
Reference:   Ms. France Castro, Secretary General, Cellphone No. 09178502124
Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 09198198903

“Of all government employees, the teachers have lagged behind in salaries, incentives and training by judges, fiscals, firemen and employees of government financial institutions. Any major education reform should start with ensuring the welfare of educators,” said Angara, who has been a staunch advocate of education reforms.
“We, teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) welcome Senator Angara’s call to prioritize teachers’ wages and benefits in pursuing relevant reforms in education.  There is already a counterpart bill (HB 2142) filed at the Lower House by Rep. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist,” Ms. France Castro, Secretary-general of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.
Despite gaining the support of more than 180 Members of the House of Representatives, Tinio’s House Bill 2142, or the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act, has been lying dormant with the House Committee on Appropriations—waiting for DBM’s comments—since September 20, 2010.
Teachers were also dismayed that PNoy prioritized the status of ‘poor’ economies in Europe first and not provide for the salary upgrading of teachers, which they have long been demanding.  The $1B pledge could have answered the budgetary requirements for increasing the salaries of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15—about P40 B for some 520,000 teachers already in DepEd’s payroll.
ACT enjoins all lawmakers who believe that teachers must receive adequate salaries and benefits to support our initiatives to propel into concrete actions our vision in advancing the rights and welfare of teachers. “Discuss urgently the concerned bills for upgrading teachers’ salaries both in the Lower and Upper House.” Ms France Castro pointed out.#####

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[ 25 Jun 2012 | One Comment ]

24 June 2012

 

Reference: Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

 

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio hit the Aquino government’s $1B pledge to the International Monetary Fund’s emergency pool.

 

Based on the latest Reference Exchange Rate issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the pledge amounts to P42.26 B.

 

Tinio says that the contribution to the kitty, allegedly for crisis prevention and resolution and to meet the potential financing needs of IMF members, works as a loan for countries mostly in Europe, currently under economic crisis.

 

“PNoy again displayed the utmost insensitivity to the education sector.  Our country pays its Kinder teachers P3,000 a month, and its  class sizes sometimes bulge to 70 students per classroom.  Our public school teachers are themselves drowning in debt because their salaries cannot keep up with the rising costs of living.  Why would our President extend loans to countries whose Kinder teachers are paid around five times more than ours receive, whose class sizes are sometimes 15 to a teacher?”

 

Tinio points out that P42.26 B could have translated into a 16.3% increase in the ceiling set by the Department of Budget and Management for DepEd’s appropriations in 2013.  It could have funded additional resources to run his K to 12 Program effectively and with respect to the rights and welfare of teachers and students.  Aquino gave up sufficient allocations for the Universal Kindergarten Education, including P4,453,070,980 for the regularization and bonuses of 20,000 Kinder teachers and about P23.6 B for 34,500 classrooms nationwide.

 

Tinio also observes that “it is just typical for PNoy to think of ‘poor’ economies in Europe first and not provide for the salary upgrading of teachers, which they have long been demanding.”  The pledge could have answered the budgetary requirements for increasing the salaries of public school teachers from Salary Grade 11 to 15—about P40 B for some 520,000 teachers already in DepEd’s payroll.

 

Despite gaining the support of more than 180 Members of the House of Representatives, Tinio’s House Bill 2142, or the Public School Teachers’ Salary Upgrading Act, has been lying dormant with the House Committee on Appropriations—waiting for DBM’s comments—since September 20, 2010.

 

Tinio notes that the $1B pledge is further proof that Aquino’s priorities lie in areas beyond the benefit of the Filipino people.  “In the hopes of raising investor confidence and inviting the US Federal Reserve to buoy our economy—unfounded speculations—PNoy again surrendered the future of Philippine education.”