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During the budget briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) on the 2017 National Budget Rep. Antonio Tinio interpellates Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on salary increase for government employees. Sec. Diokno stated that salary increase higher than the four-year adjustment under the Aquino administration’s Executive Order 201 for government employees is “too ambitious.” While we
welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes that EO 201 gives, especially for low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.
DBM also stated that they intend to lower income tax which will in effect raise the take home pay of government employees. Rep. Tinio welcomes the openness to lower income tax but warns against hiking VAT and excise tax.
Rep. France Castro interpellated Budget Undersecretary Laura Pascua on government employees benefits such as Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentives.
The lawmaker urged Usec. Pascua to rechannel P16.7B PBB funds to salary increase of government employees since such system creates an atmosphere of competition among employees instead of harmonious cooperation towards providing quality public service to the people. DBM agreed to give reports assessing PBB’s role in improving the efficiency of government agencies and agreed to review guidelines in granting PBB.
Also, Rep. Castro insisted DBM to allocate a different funding for CNA incentives to be given to employees, hence there will be sufficient budget for such expenses in MOOE (though it is not always enough in such institutions’ expenditures). The lawmaker insisted that it is an immoral act to acquire CNA incentives from the savings in the MOOE like in schools. DBM promised that they will consider Rep. Castro’s suggestion.
Please click the link below for the video of said deliberation.
Rep. Tinio on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1104978472904246/
Rep. Castro on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1105994542802639/
You may also click the following links below on the issues raised by Rep. Tinio and Castro during their interpellation:
Rep. Tinio’s interpellation on the different agency
Rep. Castro’s interpellation on the different agency
Ika-24 ng Agosto 2016
Sanggunian: Rep. France L. Castro (0920-969-8457)
Rep. Castro siningil sa DBM ang union incentives para sa mga titser
Iginiit ni Rep. France Castro ng ACT Teachers Party-List sa Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ang paglalaan ng pondo para sa Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive para sa mga pampublikong guro kahapon sa unang araw ng pagsalang sa pagdinig ng 2017 Badyet.
Ang CNA incentive ay ang benepisyong makukuha ng mga kawani sa bisa ng naaprubahan at naipapatupad na CNA sa pagitan ng mga kawani at ng ahensyang kinabibilangan nila. Nilinaw ng kongresista na sa kasalukuyan ay nakadepende sa Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) savings ang pondo para sa naturang incentives.
“Sa pamamagitan ng mga Budget Circulars ng DBM, natatali sa kung ano lamang ang matitipid mula sa MOOE ang nagagamit para sa mga incentives ng mga titser. Masaklap ito sa harap ng reyalidad na hindi na nga sumasapat ang MOOE upang punan ang mga pangangailangan sa paaralan,” aniya.
“Sa kasalukuyang tala, walang nagagamit para sa CNA incentive fund dahil tatlong paaralan lamang sa NCR ang nagdeklara ng MOOE savings kaya ang ACT Teachers Party-List ay nananawagang ibasura ang Budget Circular 2014-2 at isama sa 2017 Budget ang item para sa pondo ng CNA incentive,” dagdag ni Castro.
“Isang patunay ang CNA sa pagitan ng ACT-NCR Union at DepEd-NCR na napirmahan noong Mayo 2015. Mahigit isang taon na ang nakalipas mula nang pirmahan ito ngunit wala pa ring sapat na pondo para sa naturang incentives ng 62,800 na gurong kabilang dito,” sinabi ni Castro.
“Imoral na kukuhanin pa sa MOOE ang pondo para sa CNA incentive kung saan napakalaki ng pangangailangan ng mga paaralan na pangunahing tinutugunan nito [MOOE],” ani ng kongresista.
Matapos ang pagtatanong ni Rep. Castro sa 2017 budget presentation sa Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) ay nangako ang DBM na pag-aaralan ang iba pang mga maaaring pagkuhanan ng pondo para sa CNA incentive.###
24 August 2016
Reference: Rep. France L. Castro (0920-969-8457)
Castro: Rechannel PBB funds to salary increases
Due to the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) scheme’s divisive and discriminatory character, Rep. Castro urged the rechanneling of 16.7B PBB funds to salary increase during the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) presentation of the 2017 Budget on Monday.
ACT Teachers Party-List had so long decried the divisive, deceptive and discriminatory character of this system which purports to improve efficiency of government agencies’ functions. “This system creates an atmosphere of competition among employees instead of harmonious cooperation towards providing quality public service to the people,” Castro said.
Due to the lawmakers’ incessant prodding at the new administration’s decision to continue and even increase the PBB funds, DBM Undersecretary Laura Pascua agreed to give reports assessing PBB’s role in improving the efficiency of government agencies and agreed to review guidelines in granting PBB.
Moreover, Castro explained that PBB discriminates rank-and-file government employees because the amount of bonus for each employee depend on his/her salary.
“The PBB scheme is especially unfair to the public school teachers since the criteria used to measure their performance are the NAT scores of the school, drop-out rate, and liquidation capability and expenditure of the schools’ MOOE. Such parameters do not center on evaluating the quality of teacher factor,” Castro ended.
The PBB is part of ex-DBM Sec. Abad’s Performance-Based Incentive System [PBIS] along with PEI, established through EO No. 80, s. 2012 which adopted the Results-Based Performance Monitoring System (RBPMS)—a major governance reform that puts premium in the improvement of the performance management. The previous administration had allotted huge amount of funds to this scheme (14.6B in 2015 and 13.5B for 2016).###
18 August 2016
Reference: Rep. France L. Castro
Rep. France Castro on DBM Sec. Diokno’s anti-poor statement
Rep. France Castro of ACT Teachers Party-List denounced DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno’s ‘anti-poor statement’ when he said “there is no urgency” in giving salary increases to teachers and nurses, yesterday in an Anti-Poverty Summit in Davao. Castro is also dismayed after Sec. Diokno announced that only members of AFP and PNP will have a PhP 5,000 allowance and rice allowance every month starting September and assured that uniformed men’s salary increase be granted by January 2017.
“It’s really alarming that the secretary said this in an anti-poverty event considering that quality education and health services are components of the ‘war against poverty’ being waged by the current administration,” Castro said as she asserted that teachers and nurses play important roles in poverty alleviation.
Castro underscored the fact that teachers and nurses along with other government employees are burdened with the perennial increases of the price of basic commodities faced by cops and military.
The lawmaker emphasizes insufficiency of the PhP 19,077 current monthly salary of entry-level teachers amidst the rising cost of living. Researchers found that PhP 1,093 is required to support a family of 6 per day.
“Teachers only have PhP 3,500-6,000 to as net take home pay each month. This dire state of their financial capacity pushes them to get loans and even pawn their ATM accounts. Teachers had historically fallen trapped in this cycle of indebtedness,” Castro stressed.
Castro condemned this notion that the uniformed service ought to be first since all government employees are equally important in nation building.
The lawmaker also reminds Sec. Diokno of constitutional mandate Art. 14, Sec. 5, Par. 5 to “assign the highest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retain its rightful share of the best available talents through adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfillment.” ###