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The true abandonment
The Philippine Daily Inquirer 4 June 2014 Editorial
(Read full editorial here: http://opinion.inquirer.net/75280/the-true-abandonment)
‘It seemed that in the DepEd’s view, taking to the streets to call for an increase in pay was tantamount to neglecting the millions of schoolchildren nationwide. “Let us draw the line at abandoning our children,” it intoned. “As educators and civil servants, let us always keep the interests of our learners in mind.”
‘That is an unfortunate, if not insulting, statement. Teachers, especially the public-school variety, are among the most patient, docile people around. They toil in the most parsimonious conditions, their classrooms, school supplies and general campus facilities the perennial poor relations of vastly better-funded private schools. They are obliged to manage classes whose volumes are beyond the viable norm, yet they soldier on. During elections they do double-duty as vote-counters—a perilous task that puts them in the crosshairs of violent competition among political factions—and even have to wait to be compensated for it.
‘And, since 2009, their entry-level pay has been pegged at P18,549—lower even than what fresh graduates initially get in the call-center industry. That last salary adjustment five years ago raised the teachers’ pay by P6,523, but here’s the cruel catch: It wasn’t given in one go, but in four tranches over four years, from 2009 to 2012. The adjustment mandated by law as due the public school teachers took years to implement, and the paltry sum still had to be broken down into nearly negligible installments.
‘How much wage increase are the teachers seeking this time? From P18,549 to P25,000. Is that too high a figure for such a consequential job as teaching the hope of the motherland? The 1991 Congressional Commission on Education pegged the minimum monthly salary that teachers should be receiving at even a higher figure—P28,000.
‘Malacañang’s response to the teachers’ petition for a pay increase is quite hard to take. “There was no fund identified as source of the salary hike they are waiting for,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. The same administration that coughed up billions of pesos under a curious mechanism called the Disbursement Acceleration Program now pleads penury when it comes to sparing a few million pesos for the welfare of some 550,000 hard-up public school teachers across the country.’
May pera sa pork at korupsyon, pero wala sa edukasyon!
Increase salaries of public school teachers and non-teaching personnel! P25,000 minimum monthly salary for teachers, P15,000 for non-teaching personnel!
ENACT HOUSE BILL 245 NOW!
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14 March 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
28 FEBRUARY–Despite the recent Supreme Court decision declaring all forms of pork–and the formal and informal practices in accessing it–unconstitutional, pork is still cooked and served among the President and legislators. Rep. Tinio today gave a presentation on how pork still exists contrary to peddled opinion by the Aquino administration.
The presentation detailed how P14.6 billion of presidential pork was created a few days after the SC decision was issued, through the enactment of R.A. 10634, or the Supplemental Budget 2013. Said law added P11.2 billion to the Calamity Fund and P4.4 billion to DSWD’s Quick Response Fund, both under the 2013 budget. Congress enacted the P14.6-billion augmentation as a huge lump sum under the discretion of the President, without the benefit of an itemized proposal or details on what projects will be funded, as per required by law.
The presentation also revealed where the barrels of illicit pork for Members of the House and Senators are hidden in the 2014 budget. Rep. Tinio detailed some of the formal and informal practices in accessing either “House Pork” or “Senate Pork.”
Other speakers at the forum were former National Treasurer Leonor “Liling” Briones and BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr., who gave briefs on the 2014 budget and on the Disbursement Acceleration Program, respectively.
Click here for the presentation.
Read InterAksyon.com‘s “PORK ALIVE & KICKING? Solons told to go paperless when requesting for projects”