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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. #

 

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[ 1 Dec 2012 | No Comment ]

By Fat Reyes
INQUIRER.net
2:23 pm | Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday announced it had so far allowed 79 partylist groups to participate in next year’s mid-term polls.
Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, in a press conference, released the list of approved groups.
Of the 79 groups approved, 58 were retained, existing party-lists, while 21 were new groups granted accreditation.
Brillantes said that even though almost half of the 115 existing party-lists were retained and only 21 of the 165 new applicants were granted, he was still not satisfied with the purging of the poll body.
“I am not satisfied. If you’re going to ask me, ako mismo, gusto ko na sanang in-abolish na lahat ‘yan para wala nang eleksyon sa party list. Para magbago na tayo, at mag-umpisa na naman tayo ng panibagong batas na maganda,” Brillantes said.
(I want all of them abolished so that there will be no more elections for partylists. It’s time for us to seek change and start with a better system.)
The Comelec has been undergoing a re-evaluation of old and new partylist groups as part of its efforts to cleanse the partylist system, which has been criticized as being exploited by bogus organizations or by groups whose nominees were either multimillionaires, former government officials or members of powerful political clans.
Brillantes admitted that the members of the en banc “tried their best” but that one could not come up with any perfect listing. He further noted that commissioners voted individually in the cases and that there were inconsistencies among them.
Brillantes added that members of the en-banc were still discussing the accreditation of five other partylist groups and the announcement of decisions would be made on Monday.
The following is the full list of the groups approved by the poll body
I. In unanimous votes, the Comelec retained the accreditation of the following groups:
ATM – Abante Tribung Makabansa
Act Teachers – Act Teachers Party-List
A Teacher – Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action, Cooperation, and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
Agila – Agila ng Katutubong Pilipino Inc
Alagad
AFPSEGCO – Alliance for Philippine Security Guards Cooperative
Ave – Alliance of Volunteer Educators Party-List
Allumad – Alyansa Lumad Mindanao Inc
Agham – Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan Inc
Amin – Anak Mindanao Party-List
Anakpawis
Ang Ladlad
Angkla – Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino Inc
Gabriela – Gabriela Women’s Party
KLBP – Kababaihang Lingkod Bayan sa Pilipinas
Kabataan Party-List
Kaakbay – Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan All Filipino Democratic Movement
Katribu – Katribu Indigenous Peoples Sectoral Party
1-Sagip – Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty
TUCP – Trade Union Congress Party
II. Existing party-lists that were retained with dissent were:
1BAP – 1 Banat and Ahapo Party-List Coalition
Abakada – Abakada-Guro
Abante Ka – Abante Katutubo Inc
Abamin – Abante Mindanao
Abono Party-List
Adam – Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak Maharlika
Ating Koop – Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba
Agbiag – Agbiag Timpuyog Ilocano Inc
Ada – Agrarian Development Association
Agap – Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines
Akapbata Inc – Akapbata Sectoral Organization for Children Inc
Akbayan – Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party
Ako – Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga
Alay Buhay – Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation Inc
AMS – Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz
Alyansa ng OFW Party
Aba – Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang Bukid, at Mangingisda
An Waray
Aambis-Owa – Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma Inc
Alif – Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino
Ama – Ang Mata’y Alagaan
Ang NCIP – Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na
ABS – Arts Business and Science Professionals
Ale – Association of Laborers and Employees
BH – Bagong Henerasyon
Bayan Muna
Buhay – Buhay Hayaan Yumabong
Cibac – Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption
Coop Natcco – Cooperative Natcco Network Party
Diwa – Democratic Independent Workers’ Association Inc
Kalinga
Ang Kasangga – Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc
AA Kasosyo – Kasosyo Producer
LPGMA – LPG Marketers Association Inc
PBA – Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta
1 Ang Pamilya – Una ang Pamilya Party-List
VFP – Veterans Freedom Party
Yacap – You Against Corruption and Poverty
III. New applicants that were accredited with unanimous votes were:
AMA – Aagapay sa Matatanda
Ang Nars
Aasenso – Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero Inc
PWD – Pilipinos with Disabilities
Piston – Piston Land Transport Coalition Inc
IV. New applicants that were accredited but with dissenting votes were:
1JAMG – 1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group Inc
1-AAMOVER – A Action Moral & Values Recovery Reform Philippines Inc
Abante Retirees – Abante Retirees Party-List Organization
Ading – Advance Community Development in New Generation
Ang Prolife
ACT-CIS – Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Inc
Append Inc
Amor Seaman – Association of Marine Officer and Ratings Inc
1-Aalalay – Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy
1-Lambat – Isang Lapian ng Mangingisda at Bayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran
1-Pabahay – Isang Pangarap ng Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan Inc
Magdalo – Magdalo para sa Pilipino
MTM Phils – Mamamayan Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas
Migrante – Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families
OFW Family Club Inc
Umalab Ka – Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan
Brillantes said the poll body had also cancelled the accreditation of two incumbent partylists 1-UTAK (United Transport Koalisyon), a group which claimed to represent the transport sector; and Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc, a group which claimed to represent the elderly.
The accreditation of 1st Kabalikat ng Bayan Ginhawang Sangkatauhan (1st Kabagis),an existing partylist, had also been cancelled by the poll body.
Brillantes said the Senior Citizens partylist group was disqualified because its nominees went into an illegal term sharing arrangement.
“Ang final debate namin kanina (Earlier in our final debate), because they entered into an illegal term sharing arrangement. Hinati hati nila ‘yung term (They split the term). It’s an illegal act,” Brillantes said.
He added that the poll body also denied the application of the group ALONA party-list, whose nominees include family members of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, for next year’s party-list race.