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[ 24 Dec 2012 | 3 Comments ]

Reference: MR. BENJAMIN VALBUENA, Chairperson, Cellphone No. 09162294515
Media Liaison: Zenie Lao, 09174998608, 09198198903

December 23, 2012: Press Statement

“For the past two years, we have been receiving what we consider as “Christmas bonus” or Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) in the amount of P10,000. This year, the Aquino government unexpectedly lessened this to P5,000. This move has angered us that is why we held a “salo-salo with ‘tuyo’ and tomatoes at the Mendiola bridge two days before Christmas,” Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson said.

“This signifies the disheartening condition that our public school teachers will be experiencing this holiday season. We will have a “dry Noche Buena” this year”, Mr. Valbuena stressed further.

Secretary Abad of the Department of Budget and Management says that Executive Order 80 “Directing the adoption of a Performance based Incentive System for Government Employees” is also meant to augment the P5,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive.

Mr. Valbuena explains, “However, this Productivity Performance Bonus (PBB) is deceptive, divisive and will further decrease our benefits. Instead of encouraging cooperation and unity among co-employees, this will trigger competition and eventually divisiveness. It will also breed “palakasan” and “sipsipan” system. The evaluation of our performance rests on the hands of our superiors and there is a great possibility that their judgement of our work may be arbitrary or subjective. This will then affect the amount of “bonus” which we will receive. There will no more be across-the –board salary increase. Even the Salary Standardization Law will be removed.”

DBM further said that teachers and personnel in the Department of Education will be receiving their PBB before the end of the school year yet since their evaluations have not yet been submitted. There is still no output performance which is a major factor in this situation.

Mr. Benjamin Valbuena further said, ”Given all these aspects, ACT calls all teaching and non-teaching personnel to join us in our continous fight for higher salaries and wages. Let us ask that PBB be junked. Let us expose and oppose the privatization and corporatization of government agencies and services which are dictates of the neo-liberal policy of globalization.”

And, in closing, Mr. Valbuena said, “We call on the Aquino government to give what is due us this Christmas – the P10,000 PEI!#####

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[ 14 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]

Para sa karapatan ng kababaihang Pilipino na magpasya kaugnay sa
kanilang sariling katawan, pagbubuntis, kalusugan, at buhay;

Para sa ligtas na panganganak ng bawat inang Pilipino, laluna ng maralita;

Para sa siyentipikong edukasyon ng mga kabataang Pilipino sa
responsableng sekswalidad;

Para sa malaya at mulat na pagpapasya at hindi para sa pamimilit ng
Estado at pagkontrol ng populasyon,

Bumoboto ako ng “oo” sa ngalan ng ACT Teachers.

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[ 12 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]

DEAR PRINCIPALS, FEDERATION, ASSOCIATIONS AND FACULTY CLUB OFFICERS

Dear colleagues:

Warm greetings for the coming holiday season!

But even as we look forward to the celebration of the coming Christmas and New Year, let us remember our brothers, sisters, elders and children who have been devastated by the recent typhoon “Pablo”

As the typhoon’s death toll and the casualties near to a thousand two days after the typhoon, no relief operations have arrived in the towns of Boston, Cateel and Bagangga. Search and rescue operations have not extended into far-flung barangays in Monkayo, New Bataan and Compostela towns in Compostela Valley province. Roads have not yet been cleared of felled trees and structures and bridges are still destroyed, preventing precious relief goods from being accessed by the victims. Accessibility to damaged areas have been limited to poblacion areas in Comval and Davao Oriental provinces. The affected residents in these far flung areas have to walk several miles towards the poblacion areas to join the long lines of victims for the inadequate assistance available.

All the classrooms that were slightly damaged or that could still be used serve as evacuation centers to those affected. Our teachers and education personnel who are capable help in these centers.

It is in this light that is why we are knocking at your kind hearts. Join us as we fulfill our commitment to serve our less fortunate countrymen – let us help the poor victims of typhoon “Pablo”. Let us raise relief goods for them. Let us make them feel the warmth of the yuletide season. Together let us share our blessings with them. Cash donations are also welcome and can also be deposited to

ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS
SA NO. 393062600015
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, UP DILIMAN BRANCH, Q.C.

Checks can also be issued in favor of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. These assistance to the victims will be coursed through our ACT Chapter in the area and shall be properly accounted.

Thank you very much and more power to you!!!

Sincerely yours,

(SGD.) MR. BENJAMIN G. VALBUENA
Chairperson

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[ 4 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

4 December 2012

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio filed a bill proposing to increase the non-taxable incomes of employees in the public and private sectors.

If passed into law, HB 6723 will increase the basic personal exemption (BPE) from P50,000 to P75,000 and the additional exemption (AE) from P25,000 to P40,000 per dependent, usually the taxpayers’ children below 21 years old. The BPE and AE are portions of the income that may not be taxed by the government.

Tinio noted that the income tax exemptions have not kept up with increases in the cost of living as well as rising wage and salary levels in the private and public sector since they were last set in 2008 through Republic Act 9504. He explained that in 2008, the basic personal exemption of P50,000 was 68% of the annual salary of the lowest-paid government employee (Salary Grade 1 at P6,149 per month), 33% of that of a middle-level government employee (Salary Grade 11, P12,748 per month), and 6% of that of the Philippine President (Salary Grade 33, P69,878 per month).  It was 42% of the annual basic pay of the minimum wage earner in the private sector in the National Capital Region (P382 per day).

The basic personal exemption now stands at 46% of the annual salary of the lowest-paid government employee (Salary Grade 1 at P9,000 per month), 22% of that of a middle-level government employee (Salary Grade 11 at P18,549 per month), 3% of that of the President (Salary Grade 33 at P120,000 per month), and 35% of that of the minimum wage earner (P11,780 per month). “In short, fixed-income earners are now enjoying proportionally less exemptions and are burdened with a heavier income tax,” said Tinio.

“This is a step towards making our tax laws more progressive and equitable to the economic conditions of majority of the income taxpayers,” said Tinio. “Congress should mould a tax law under which income earners from the lowest strata, especially purely compensation income earners, are taxed less and given more opportunities to lower their taxable incomes. This is the clamor of teachers, employees, and low-income workers.”

“As our tax law stands,” Tinio added, “they have minimal chances of reducing their taxable incomes. Most of the allowable exemptions are fully enjoyed exclusively by corporate taxpayers.”

HB 6723 also proposes to oblige the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to annually review the BPE and AE in relation to current living costs and recommend to Congress necessary adjustments.

Tinio urges the House leadership and President Aquino to seriously consider enacting HB 6723, especially in light of the coming holidays. #