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[ 4 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments ]

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June 3, 2012 Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

 

 

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio today warned that the implementation of the Aquino administration’s K to 12 program would worsen the problems that have long been plaguing the country’s public school system.

 

“Due to the failure of the Aquino administration to provide adequate funding in the 2012 national budget, the existing shortages in the basic education system will be aggravated by the unmet requirements of K to 12, particularly its Kindergarten component,” said Tinio.

 

He noted that the influx of around 1.6 million 5 year-old enrollees in Kindergarten this school year will result in a shortage of around 20,000 teachers and 25,000 classrooms solely for the Kindergarten component of K to 12. This has contributed to a worsening of the unmet requirements in public schools. “After two years, the Aquino administration has been unable to close the gaps in basic education resources. For school year 2012, the total shortages for the whole public school system stands at 132,483 teachers, 97,685 classrooms, and 153,709 water and sanitation facilities,” said Tinio.

 

The legislator denounced the approach used by the Department of Education to cope with the shortage of Kindergarten teachers. “The Deped has turned to massive contractualization, hiring more than 20,000 Kindergarten teachers on one-year contracts of service. This is unprecedented, never before has the Deped hired contractual teachers in such numbers.” Tinio noted that these contractuals are “grossly exploited, since their compensation falls far below minimum wage.” “They are paid a mere P3,000 to P6,000 per month, compared to the P18,549 per month salary of regular teachers. Even the lowest paid government employee is entitled to P9,000 per month. In short, the Deped’s Kindergarten teachers are the lowest paid government employees in service.”

 

Tinio also criticized the Deped for its “grossly negligent” policy on classrooms for Kindergarten classes. He pointed to Department Order No. 21, s. 2012 (“Policies and Guidelines on the Implementation of the Universal Kindergarten Program”), which directs principals and school heads towards the “exploration of all possible options to provide classrooms for Kindergarten equipped with appropriate facilities such as the school library, home economics building, learning resource center, and other available spaces.”

 

“In practice, ‘other available spaces’ means that Kindergarten classes will be held under stairwells, in corridors, storage rooms, and under the proverbial mango tree,” said Tinio. “We’re appalled that this is the best that the Deped can do for our schoolchildren.”

 

“It’s up to Malacañang to explain why K to 12 is so grossly underfunded that it’s undermining whatever promise it has of improving the quality of basic education,” concluded Tinio.#

 

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[ 30 May 2012 | One Comment ]

Joint Statement

May 30, 2012


Challenge Aquino and other officials to ‘walk the talk’ on corruption

Today, we, the members of the Makabayan partylist bloc in Congress, responding to the challenge for greater transparency and accountabiliity in government brought about in part by the Corona impeachment trial, are signing unconditional waivers allowing the Ombudsman to look into our assets and bank accounts for the purpose of investigating any report or complaint against us for graft and corruption.

As signatories to the Corona impeachment complaint and representatives of the marginalized and underrepresented sectors in Congress, we feel it is our duty and moral obligation to set an example in complying with the Constitutional mandate on public office as a public trust.

We challenge our fellow officials in government, starting with the President and his Cabinet, our colleagues in the House and the Senate, to do no less. Kapansin-pansin na hindi pa pumipirma ng waiver si Pres. Aquino at kanyang mga gabinete sa kabila ng malakas na panawagan ng taumbayan para dito. Dapat magpamalas ng halimbawa ang Pangulo at kanyang gabinete. Sign the waiver now.

We likewise demand that President Aquino apply the same zeal he had in going after Corona in pursuing plunder, ill-gotten wealth and other cases of graft and corruption and human rights violations against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her conspirators. The impeachment of Corona is proof that all it takes is political will to clean up government.

What is unfortunate is that the President has shown a reluctance to pursue such cases against the former president and has to be forced by circumstances and other parties to take definitive action. Note, for example, the haphazard and last-minute filing of the electoral sabotage case against Mrs. Arroyo. There is no lack of cases that can be filed against the former president if Aquino is only willing to do it.

We reiterate that the same standards of transparency and accountability and the same dogged zeal to weed out grafters witnessed in the Corona impeachment should be applied to all agencies of government.

Makabayan is a political coalition that is presently comprised of eight Philippine progressive parties: Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan and ACT Teachers partylist. #

 

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[ 9 May 2012 | One Comment ]
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May 9, 2012 Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

 



Rep. Antonio L. Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist joins the Department of Education (DepEd) today in a program for the turn-over of 1,046 Filipino dictionaries to the officials of the Department of Education led by Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro, Dr. Socorro A. Pilor and Usec. Rizalino Rivera.

The program, held at the central office of the Department of Education, focused on the importance of the dissemination of information and sharing of knowledge of the Filipino Language among educators and students.

“The lack of Filipino Dictionaries among the reference books of our public schools fuelled our advocacy to promote and disseminate the Filipino language. It will bring us contentment to see that every library, every school, every household has a dictionary of our national language. It will satisfy us to witness how the youth will embrace the Filipino language and impart it to others,” Rep. Tinio said.

Rep. Tinio updated the officials of DepEd on the nationwide turn-over of dictionaries and expressed the need for logistical help in reaching regions situated in Visayas and Mindanao.

Bro. Armin Luistro, Secretary of DepEd said that they are very happy that ACT Teachers allotted funds for the promotion of our national language through the publishing of Filipino dictionaries.


“Isa itong simpleng programa ngunit napakasaya ko dahil isa rin sa mga isinusulong kong adbokasiya ay ang pagpapakalat at pagtuturo ng ating sariling mga wika. Sana ay maipamahagi sa iba sa porma ng diksyunaryong ito ang mayamang kultura ng Pilipinas, kasama na ang wika ng mga lumad, ng Indegenous Peoples at ng wika ng iba’t ibang rehiyon. Sa simpleng seremonyang ito, natitiyak kong maraming ibubunga kapag naipakalat,” explained Bro. Luistro.

DepEd commited its help and support in distributing the dictionaries to schools in the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cotabato, Gen. Santos and Butuan. #

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[ 9 May 2012 | No Comment ]

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May 9, 2012 Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

 

ACT Teachers Party-List and DepEd Unite for Promotion of Filipino Language

Rep. Antonio L. Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist joins the Department of Education (DepEd) today in a program for the turn-over of 1,046 Filipino dictionaries to the officials of the Department of Education led by Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro, Dr. Socorro A. Pilor and Usec. Rizalino Rivera.

The program, held at the central office of the Department of Education, focused on the importance of the dissemination of information and sharing of knowledge of the Filipino Language among educators and students.

“The lack of Filipino Dictionaries among the reference books of our public schools fuelled our advocacy to promote and disseminate the Filipino language. It will bring us contentment to see that every library, every school, every household has a dictionary of our national language. It will satisfy us to witness how the youth will embrace the Filipino language and impart it to others,” Rep. Tinio said.

Rep. Tinio updated the officials of DepEd on the nationwide turn-over of dictionaries and expressed the need for logistical help in reaching regions situated in Visayas and Mindanao.

Bro. Armin Luistro, Secretary of DepEd said that they are very happy that ACT Teachers allotted funds for the promotion of our national language through the publishing of Filipino dictionaries.

“Isa itong simpleng programa ngunit napakasaya ko dahil isa rin sa mga isinusulong kong adbokasiya ay ang pagpapakalat at pagtuturo ng ating sariling mga wika. Sana ay maipamahagi sa iba sa porma ng diksyunaryong ito ang mayamang kultura ng Pilipinas, kasama na ang wika ng mga lumad, ng Indegenous Peoples at ng wika ng iba’t ibang rehiyon. Sa simpleng seremonyang ito, natitiyak kong maraming ibubunga kapag naipakalat,” explained Bro. Luistro.

DepEd commited its help and support in distributing the dictionaries to schools in the cities of Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cotabato, Gen. Santos and Butuan. #