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[ 19 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]
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PRESS RELEASE
19 October 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the violent dispersal of Lumad and Moro rallyists at the US Embassy:
We strongly condemn the brutal dispersal of thousands of  Moro and indigenous people holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the US Embassy this morning. Manila Police District officers, led by Col. Marcelino Pedrozo, Jr., used tear gas and truncheons as the demonstrators were about to end their program. More than 50 have been injured, including some lumad who were run over by a police vehicle.
The lumad have traveled from Mindanao to raise awareness of their plight, particularly the militarization of their communities as mining and logging interests attempt to displace them from their lands. Tragically, the Manila police have welcomed them with similar brutality.
We call for an immediate investigation into this incident and for the responsible police officials to be held accountable. ###

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[ 29 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
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photo_2016-09-29_21-30-40Rep. Castro: “Sa bahagi ng ACT Teachers Party-List, tingin namin na ang panukala ng DOF na tax reform ay anti-teacher, anti-people. Tatanggalan nito ng VAT exemption unang-una ay ang mga senior citizen at mga PWD kaya mariin naming tinututulan ang panukalang ito. Isa pa, tama si Speaker na walang binanggit na solusyon sa inefficiency sa tax collection.”

Rep. Zarate: “Tayo sa Bayan Muna, author ng HB333, ay mariing tumututol sa panukala ng DOF. Napaka-arbitrary ng pagdedesisyon na kumikita ng bababa sa P250,000 lamang ang exempted sa pagbubuwis. Saan nagmumula ang posisyong ito? Samantalang ang cost of living ng isang pamilya (sa loob ng isang taon) ay mahigit P300,000 na. Bilang karagdagan pa, sa pakete ng DOF, binabaan nga nila ang income tax pero nag-impose naman ng excise tax. Matagal nang pinag-uusapan ang added tax sa sigarilyo, inumin pero huwag sa diesel at gasolina dahil domino effect ang mangyayari ‘pag nadagdagan ang diesel ng P6. Cascade effect yan sa mamamayan. Read more…

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[ 22 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
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DBCC TINIO
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.

DBCC CastroRep. 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

DEPED Budget—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117925268276233/

CHED—->https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113352925400134/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126917480710345/

DND—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1127715710630522/

PCOO—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126972984038128/

DILG—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114888945246532/

COA—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121892641212829/

DOH—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121226854612741/

JUDICIARY—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121010621301031/

CHR—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1109306449138115/

CSC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1107951185940308/

 

Rep. Castro’s interpellation on the different agency

DEPED—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1119016284833798/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117712801630813/

DOJ—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114795861922507/

COMELEC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113001132101980/

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[ 24 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
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NEWS RELEASE
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.###