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[ 4 Sep 2012 | No Comment ]


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

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio filed House Bill 6079 declaring the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language and mandating its use as the medium of instruction in Deaf education, among others.

Tinio said that the “Filipino Sign Language Act of 2012” is based on the rights of Deaf learners to their own culture and identity, and to inclusion in school and society.  The bill was crafted upon close consultation with representatives of the Filipino Deaf community, who joined Tinio in calling for its immediate enactment.

“This measure is therefore long overdue,” Tinio said.  “Since their natural language is visual, Deaf children cannot understand their lessons, which are taught through Filipino, English, or any auditory- or orally-based language.”

The progressive lawmaker noted that the Committee on Social Services, where HB 6079 is referred, should immediately set the first hearing to begin the initial stages toward its enactment.


HB 6079 also mandates the use of FSL in public services and transactions like health centers, courts, and workplaces, and standards and the creation of standards and institutions for FSL interpreting. ###

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[ 3 Sep 2012 | One Comment ]

Press Release

Reference:   Ms. France Castro, Secretary General, Cellphone No. 09178502124
Mr. Benjie Valbuena, Vice-Chairperson, Cellphone No. 09182399222

Media Liaison – Zenie Lao, Cellphone No. 09198198903

As proposed, the Department of Education having been appropriated P292.7 Billion will again get the biggest chunk in the proposed P2.006 trillion national budget for 2013.

“Pnoy and DepEd boast that education always gets the biggest pie or allocation in our national budget but what is amiss here?”  Ms France Castro, Secretary-general of ACT asked.  “Pnoy mentioned grand reforms in education during his SONA but again his “empowerment budget” skirted major demands from our end, Ms. Castro, added.

For teachers nationwide, the meager salary of teachers remains one of the most pressing concerns confronting Philippine education that Aquino must address. Entry-level teachers are receiving only P18,549 ($441.64) a month under the Salary Standardization Law 3.  “This is demoralizing to many teachers, who are supposedly considered as ‘professionals’ yet receiving a salary which is way below the P957 ($22.065) daily family living wage in the National Capital Region”, Ms France Castro said.

Pnoy also promised to fully cover the shortfall in quality public school teachers by allocating P13.4 billion for the creation of 61,510 teaching positions to include the regularization of 7,967 kindergarten volunteer teachers.

“But we are not applauding Pnoy’s grand promises. He will hire teachers to fill the gaps but he is not ready to pay teachers with decent salaries.  In real terms, he is considered “teacher’s enemy no.1“these days for a good reason.  Pnoy has ignored our dialogues in the past and have categorically said, that there will be no salary increases during his term,” Ms. Castro emphasized.

“But we will not let things pass as he wishes.  If Pnoy is really is serious to honor teachers this World Teachers Month, then he must simply look back and read and act on our demand: SG 15 for teachers now! and give the teachers what is due to them,” Ms Castro ended.###

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[ 29 Aug 2012 | No Comment ]

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


Citing the heavier tasks taken on by teachers deputized for election service, ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio called on Congress to give the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) enough funds to enable it to fairly compensate teachers.

Tinio noted at the COMELEC budget briefing that the Aquino administration’s proposed budget for the poll body is insufficient by at least P80 million for the honoraria and allowances of election workers, mostly public school teachers.

Due to automation, teachers were heavier and additional tasks.  More voters, for example, were clustered in each precinct, resulting to an increased work load for members of the boards of election inspectors (BEIs).  In addition to taking on bloated precincts, teachers handle additional tasks such as PCOS testing and training before election day.

No additional budget, however, is being provided by the government to compensate teachers for these tasks, Tinio lamented.

The progressive solon pointed out in particular transportation allowance for BEIs.  The proposed budget would enable COMELEC to give only P500 instead of the P700 reportedly given during the 2010 elections.

At Tinio’s urging, COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes committed to retain the amount of transportation allowance given last elections.  He also raised the possibility of an increased honorarium through fund realignment, from savings out of contract bids for marking pens, thermal papers, and other materials.

Tinio said that to enable COMELEC to run the coming elections smoothly with respect to teachers’ rights, the House Committee on Appropriations should commit at least P80 million, the estimated funding requirement to increase the honorarium from P4,000 to P5,000.

Previously, Tinio called for higher COMELEC budget to ensure adequate physical, political, and legal protection of BEIs, aside from fair compensation for election service. ###


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[ 22 Aug 2012 | No Comment ]

(Reference: Rep. Antoio Tinio: 09209220817)

The CBCP may well be within its right to strip schools of Catholic status but it yet reveals how Catholic dogma and values are in conflict with modern, secular, and democratic values like women’s rights and academic freedom.  We laud the stand taken by the 150 Ateneo professors for the enactment of the RH Bill and urge the Ateneo administration to respect their right to speak.  We urge other members of the academe, including those in other Catholic schools, to take a similar stand on such a vital issue.20

Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio
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