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[ 17 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments ]

PRESS RELEASE
14 March 2014

Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio joined teachers and non-teaching personnel in basic and higher education in a march from Morayta to Mendiola to demand higher salaries for workers in the education sector.  The protest action coincides with the budget preparation phase, during which DepEd and CHED along with the other agencies draft their proposed 2015 budgets.
The education workers demand for a minimum monthly salaries of P25,000 for teachers in basic education, P26,878 (Salary Grade 16) for faculty in SUCs, and an additional P6,000 in the base pay of non-teaching staff.  They demand for increases in the bonuses and allowances including chalk allowance and PERA.
Lastly, they call for tax relief measures that will make their earnings catch up with the increase in the prices of basic commodities.  These include an increase of basic personal and additional exemptions to P75,000 and P40,000 per dependent as well as the raising to P60,000 the ceiling for tax-exempt bonuses.
These demands, Tinio maintained, are more than covered by the P945 billion presidential and congressional pork barrel still in the 2014 budget, which funds are expected to be proposed again in the next year.
“We have said every year that the biggest savings of government is on teachers and other school staff, along with those in other sectors,” said Tinio.  ”This policy of tightening the belt of the education sector forces teaching and non-teaching personnel to live within starvation salaries and bonuses, and take on the workload of several persons due to lack of items.”
“As early as now, we are banging on the doors of DBM and Malacanang.  We say to them–Let go of their pork and give these public funds to those who should benefit from them.  Public monies are best invested on the education of our children and not line politicians’ pockets.”  ###

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[ 10 Mar 2014 | One Comment ]

Resolution No. 2014-01 of Ifugao Public School Teachers, Employees and Retirees Association adopting Hon. Antonio Tinio as as the Native Son of Ifugao and conferring him the name of “BALLITOK”

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[ 28 Feb 2014 | No Comment ]
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Rep. Tinio during his presentation at Hidden Pork: A Forum on the 2014 Budget and the Pork Barrel (28 February 2014, Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law)

 

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” 

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[ 1 Jan 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

December 28, 2013

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)

We are aghast and dismayed at the statement made by Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla urging Meralco to appeal the 60-day TRO issued by the Supreme Court.

Petilla made the call reportedly due to concerns that Meralco will have to resort to borrowing to pay their energy suppliers, the interest on which would be passed on to consumers.

Such line of reasoning reveals that Petilla himself considers the rate increase to be legitimate and above board, when it is in fact the subject of an ongoing investigation by the DOE. Petilla has therefore preempted his own investigation and exposed it as a sham with a predetermined conclusion.

Furthermore, Petilla is preempting the Supreme Court itself, which is yet to rule on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the unprecedented rate hike.

With this statement, Petilla has revealed his true colors as an apologist for Meralco and the handful of players that dominate the power industry. For millions of ordinary Filipino consumers already reeling from some of the highest power rates in the world, this is the last thing they need.#