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[ 23 Feb 2013 | No Comment ]

Pebrero 14, 2013, tinapos na ng Committee ang guidelines ng Performance Based Bonus (PBB). Ipinagmamalaki ng DepEd na ginawan na nila ng paraan para lahat ay tumanggap ng PBB. Kung noon ay Good, Better at Best lamang ang ranking, ngayon ay mayroon nang almost better, almost best at almost good. Samakatuwid, lahat tayo ay tatanggap na ng PBB sa minimum na P5,000 alinsunod sa nasabing guidelines.

Hindi na rin magkakaroon ng ranking ang mga individual na guro, sa halip per school na lamang ang ranking at ang Division Superentendent ang bahala rito. Sa kasalukuyang taon lamang mangyayari ito, ayon kay Asec. Mateo na siyang Chairman ng Committee on Guidelines. Sa mga susunod na taon ay ipatutupad na ang ranking per individual teacher.

Kahit ano pa ang gawin nila, kahit kalianman hindi pa rin magugustahan ng mga teachers ang PBB. Mapanlinlang ito dahil hindi naman ito dagdag na sahod na kasama sa kwenta sa ating 13th mo pay at retirement pay. Tiyak na hindi tayo magka-kapareho ng tatangapin kaya discriminatory ito, bukod pa sa mapanghati, kung saan siyempre mas mataas o mas malaki ang makukuha ng malalapit sa kusina kaya pagmumulan lamang ito ng sipsipan sa ating mga principal.

Malinaw na divide and rule tactic ito ng gobyernong Aquino. Malaking insulto ito sa mga guro sapagkat salungat ito sa prinsipyong equal pay for equal work. Direktang atake din ito sa ating pag-uunyon dahil ipinaglalaban natin ang pagkakapantay-pantay ng ating mga benepisyo hindi lamang sa National Capital Region (NCR) kundi sa mga guro ng buong kapuluan ng bansa.

Tinanggalan ng allowance ang PAG-ASA, MMDA, Inalis na rin ang medical allowance ng mga guro sa Quezon City at sa Maynila naman ay binawal na rin ang pagbibigay ng P500 mula sa General Fund ng Lungsod. Maghigpit ng sinturon ang nais na ipatupad sa atin ng gobyernong Aquino habang siya ang naka-pwesto sa Malakanyang upang matiyak ang pambayad sa utang panlabas. Ginawang P5,000 ang dating P10,000 PEI natin upang sila’y makatipid samantalang tumanggap ng P1.6M ang bawat senador bilang Christmas bonus. Ito ang daang matuwid habang namamayagpag ang mga dayuhang kapitalista sa ating bansa sa ngalan ng Public Private Partnership na programa ni P-noy.

Sadyang manhid ang gobyernong Aquino sa kagalingan at kapakanan ng mga guro. Mahigit dalawang taon na si P-Noy sa poder subalit wala man lamang palatandaan upang mabigyan ng disenteng pamumuhay at marangal na sahod ang mga guro sa kanilang marangal na propesyon. Sumasalamin lamang ito sa napakaliit na iniuukol na budget ng edukasyon kung kaya kung kaya patuloy na nabubulok ang sistema nito.

Ibalik ang P10,000 na Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) , na tatlong taon na nating tinatanggap wala nang mahabang usapan pa. Ibasura ang PBB, na sa kaunting halaga lamang ay pag-aawayin pa tayo at para bang duamadaan tayo sa butas ng karayom. Kasalanan ba ng mga guro kung unliquidated ang MOOE, mababang NAT at mataas ang drop-out rate ng paaralan?

Alalahanin natin na ang Pilipinas ang may pinaka- maliit na budget sa buong Asya 2.6% ng GDP, kasunod ng Cambodia kumpara sa international standard na itinatakda ng UNESCO na dapat ay 6% ng Gross Domestic Product (GNP). Hindi rin kataka –taka na ang NCR ang pangalawa sa kulelat sa usapin ng NAT kasunod ng Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Upgrading of Teachers Salaries ang gusto ng mga guro at hindi PBB, sa katunayan matagal nang nakahain sa Kongreso at Senado ang mga panukalang batas na dagdag na sahod ng mga guro at kawani ng Pamahalaan subalit hinaharang ito ng Malakanyang at DBM. Sa katunayan walang planong dagdag na sahod para sa mga guro at kawani ng Pamahalaan ayon sa Phil. Eco Development Plan ni P-Noy hanggang taong 2015.

Sa ganitong kalagayan kung bakit ngayon pa lamang ay dapat maging handa tayo at magkaisa. Abutin natin ang pinaka malawak na bilang ng mga guro sapagkat taanging sama-samang pagkilos lamang ang aasahan natin upang tutulan at labanan ang plano ng gobyernong paghihigpit ng sinturon sa mga mamamayan sa gitna ng tumataas na presyo ng langis, tubig at kuryente pati ng mga bilihin.

IBALIK P10,000 NA PEI, PBB IBASURA!
UPGRADE TEACHERS SALARIES NOW, JUNK E.0 80!
SAHOD, TRABAHO AT KARAPATAN, IPAGLABAN!
BADYET SA EDUKASYON, DAGDAGAN!

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[ 19 Feb 2013 | One Comment ]

 

Public school teachers and other DepEd employees can vote before the May 13 elections provided they are:

  1. Duly registered voters
  2. Who are assigned, on election day, to perform duties in precincts where they are not registered voters (these include school heads and other DepEd officials assigned as election supervisors, and teachers assigned as members of the Boards of Election Inspectors, and other employees assigned as support staff)

How can they avail of early voting/local absentee voting?

They should first file with their heads of offices or supervisors a duly-accomplished and notarized application form (LAV Form No. 01) not later than 15 March 2013Photocopied or faxed applications will be denied. The applicant shall indicate in the application that he or she is a bona fide employee of DepEd and that he or she is assigned to perform election duties on election day outside the place where he or she is a registered voter.

COMELEC, through the Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV, headed by poll chair Sixto Brillantes), shall check all applications it received against the National List of Registered Voters.  A person whose application was denied by the CLAV shall be informed of the denial by the head of office or supervisor.

When and where can early voters cast their votes?

Early voters can vote on April 28, 29, and 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. under the direct supervision and presence of the Municipal/City/District Election Officer, the Provincial Election Supervisor, or the NCR Regional Election Director, or the representative of said officials.  To check where your early polling center is, you can inquire with the CLAV or secure a copy of the list of designated polling centers from it beginning April 15.

What positions can be voted for by early voters?

Early voters can vote only for Senators and Party-List Representatives.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

WHEN WHAT WHO
MARCH 15 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION TO AVAIL OF EARLY VOTING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND OTHER DEPED EMPLOYEES WHO WISH TO AVAIL OF LOCAL ABSENTEE VOTING
March 18 deadline of submission to the CLAV of all filed applications heads of offices and supervisors
April 15 deadline for designation of polling places heads of offices and supervisors
April 15 last day for verification of eligibility of applicants for absentee voting CLAV
April 24 transmission to the concerned heads of offices and supervisors of the list of approved applications for local absentee voting CLAV
APRIL 28, 29, AND 30 EARLY VOTING FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS (FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.) APPLICANTS DECLARED ELIGIBLE FOR EARLY VOTING
Before elections notification to all Election Officers of the names of voters who are registered in their respective municipalities, cities, and districts who will avail of the local absentee voting CLAV

 

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[ 12 Feb 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE 12 February 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

INTRAMUROS, MANILA—ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio joined teachers in marching to the main office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to air concerns related to poll duties, including the demand for a P6,000 honorarium for the three-day service as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) members.

The protesters were united by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) from several teachers’ organizations and unions to call for better treatment of teachers deputized by the poll body for election service.

Earlier, Tinio said that the glitches in the PCOS machines highlight the importance of teachers’ poll duties, which COMELEC must fairly compensate. Teachers demand a P2,000-hike for the honorarium which remained at P4,000 since 2004 despite the increase of duties brought by automation and usual risks in guarding the polls. For this, COMELEC can tap its savings of P4.14 billion from past elections, earmarked for operations of the 2013 elections.

The solon also reminded poll chair Sixto Brillantes of his commitments at a dialogue with teachers April last year, such as prompt release of the honorarium, measures to prevent massive disenfranchisement of BEI members, greater protection from harassment and violence, medical and legal assistance, and hazard pay.

On disenfranchisement, Tinio urged COMELEC to have the appropriate bodies such as the Election Registration Board examine the records of teachers who served in BEIs.

“We received reports of teachers with deactivated registration though they have served in BEIs in past elections and voted at the precincts where they were assigned,” Tinio revealed. “We hope that COMELEC issue and really implement a resolution to reactivate as registered voters teachers whose records were erroneously deactivated.”

Days before the 2010 elections, COMELEC issued such a resolution, but, from these reports, it appears that this was not effectively implemented.

“In three months, teachers will again be used by COMELEC in running the elections,” Tinio said. “We hope that, in the midst of its heightened efforts to monitor candidates’ campaign and expenses, COMELEC will not forget the welfare of the teachers it deputized.” ###

 

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[ 10 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments ]

January 2013

The Superintendent
Department of Education

Dear Superintendent

Greetings from ACT Teachers Party-List!
Since taking office in Congress as party-list representative for ACT Teachers in 2010, I have made the plight of the growing number of contractual and volunteer teachers in our public schools one of my priority concerns. According to recent data from the Department of Education, there are over 49,000 locally-paid contractual teachers and over 23,000 volunteer kindergarten teachers nationwide. They receive substandard pay, are denied benefits, and enjoy no security of tenure, even though the vast majority possess the same qualifications and perform the same work as nationally-paid teachers. The only solution to their plight is their regularization as teachers employed by DepEd.
In this regard, I first introduced Special Provision No. 8 (“Regularization of Contractual and Volunteer Teachers”) under the budget of the DepEd in the General Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2012 (R.A. 10155). I have successfully introduced a similar provision in the General Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2013 (R.A. 10352).
For your information and guidance, please note that Special Provision No. 9 (“Priority in the Hiring of Teachers”) of the DepEd budget in the 2013 GAA mandates all appointing officers of the Department of Education to prioritize the hiring of qualified contractual and volunteer teachers:
9. Priority in the Hiring of Teachers. In the hiring of new teachers, whether to fill unfilled or newly created positions, priority shall be given to qualified contractual and volunteer teachers, whether employed by the DepEd or the local government units: PROVIDED, That the number of years of actual teaching experience shall be given sufficient weight in the hiring of these qualified contractual and volunteer teachers. [R.A. 10352, Official Gazette, p. 116]
Needless to say, this special provision has the full force and effect of law, and supersedes any DepEd order, memorandum, or policy not consistent with its letter and spirit.
As the DepEd embarks on the hiring teachers for at least 61,510 new teaching items for School Year 2013-2014, we hope that Special Provision No. 9 will make a difference in the lives of long-suffering contractual and volunteer teachers.
We hope that your office can provide us with updates on the implementation of Special Provision No. 9.

Para sa guro at bayan,

ANTONIO L. TINIO