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Sinalubong ng signature campaign laban sa K to 12 ang pagbubukas ng pasukan sa Batasan Hills National High School at sa iba pang mga eskwelahan sa buong bansa ngayong araw sa pangunguna ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers, GABRIELA Party-list, Kabataan Party-list at iba pang makabayang sektor sa Kongreso sa ilalim ng Makabayan Bloc.
Bukod sa panawagan at pagpapapirma, ipinahayag din ni ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio ang pagkadismaya sa pagsisinungaling ng gobyerno at DepEd sa pagmamayabang nito na handa na raw ang bansa sa ilalim ng K to 12 at walang kakulangan (shortages) na kinakaharap sa usapin ng schools, classrooms, water and sanitation facilities, textbooks at pagpapataas ng sahod sa mga guro. (Ika-1 ng Hunyo, 2015)
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“The cause-oriented Alliance of Concerned Teachers maintains that, contrary to the DepEd’s rosy picture, more than 112,000 classrooms and some 24 million textbooks and teachers’ manuals are still lacking. Reports gathered by the Inquirer yesterday appear to bolster this view. The Batasan Hills National High School, for instance, has only 127 classrooms for a student population of 12,921, which would result in a staggering situation of roughly 100 students crammed into a room. The school’s rudimentary solution for now? Partition some of the classrooms into two, leading to a more cramped, congested environment.”
BRIGADA ESKWELA 2015- Nakiisa si ACT TEACHERS Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio sa taunang paglulunsad ng Brigada Eskwela sa Mataas na Paaralang Ponciano Bernardo sa Quezon City. Sa kanyang talumpati sa pagbubukas ng programa, binigyang-diin ni Rep. Tinio ang bolunterismong ipinapakita sa pangunguna ng mga guro, mga magulang at kabataang mag-aaral sa maayos at malinis na paaralan at pagpapahalaga sa edukasyon. Dagdag pa niya, “Hindi lang dapat tayo magpakulong sa sama-samang paglilinis sa paaralan sa halip ipakita natin ang sama-samang pagkilos sa brigada ng paggigiit ng mas mataas at makabuluhang sahod at benepisyo sa mga guro at mga kawani at sa pagsusulong ng tunay na de-kalidad at makabayang edukasyon.” (ika-18 ng Mayo, 2015)
15 May 2015
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09279220817)
Solon calls for justice for “Kentex 72”
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio today called for justice for the deaths of 72 workers in the May 13 fire at a footwear factory in Valenzuela City.
“The death of at least 72 workers in the Kentex factory fire is a national shame that has exposed the horrific and life-threatening conditions that many Filipino workers face on a daily basis,” said Tinio. “We condole with the families, condemn those responsible for the needless and preventable loss of life, and demand justice for the victims.”
“The working conditions in Kentex factory were inhumane—the workers labored 24/7 surrounded with foul-smelling chemicals, packed in an enclosed, nearly airless building,” said Tinio. “According to reports, the building was full of fire hazards, with even welding works so close to these hazards, without adequate exits nor proper extinguishing devices. No fire training, nor fire drills were conducted for the workers. On top of all these, they were paid only P300 a day, or three-fifths of the minimum wage, and were not given social security benefits.”
“It appears that the ‘Kentex 72’ were victims of capitalist greed abetted and enabled by token enforcement of labor standards and lax to non-existent enforcement of fire safety laws. This falls squarely on the shoulders of the national government and the Aquino administration, national government agencies, and the local government ” said Tinio.
Tinio noted that laws and regulations mandate municipal and city fire marshals (FMs) of the Bureau of Fire Protection, who are under the Department of the Interior and Local Governments, to routinely inspect establishments for fire hazards and require that each have enough exits and extinguishers to ensure the safety of persons inside them. Local chief executives should not issue building permits without the fire safety inspections permits from FMs, and revoke existing ones for those in the blacklists or reported violators which FMs should issue yearly.
The Department of Labor and Employment, for its part, has enough powers under the Labor Code and its own rules to check compliance with labor standards laws like those on minimum wage, occupational safety and health conditions, and social security and health insurance benefits. “The fact that the DOLE issued Kentex a certificate of compliance with labor standards last September 2014 exposes the utter inadequacy of such certification and calls into question the DOLE’s whole system of monitoring and inspection,” said Tinio.
The legislator hoped that the workers’ deaths would provoke a groundswell of outrage and indignation and trigger a campaign for the improvement of the plight of workers, including conditions in the workplace. He is set to file a resolution calling for an immediate House investigation into the incident. #