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[ 16 May 2015 | No Comment ]

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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. #

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[ 13 May 2015 | No Comment ]

 

 

DAPAT MANAGOT—Sa kabila nang pag-iwas ng bagong COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista na pag-usapan ang mga pagkukulang ng dating pamunuan sa naganap na automated election noong 2010 at 2013, iginiit ni ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio sa Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms at sa harap ng commissioners ng COMELEC na dapat may managot sa naganap na “midnight deals” sa pagitan ng dating pamunuan ng COMELEC at SMARTMATIC.

Binigyang daan din ni Rep. Tinio sa komite ang kahalagan ng pagpapasa ng House Bill 5412 (Election Service Reform Bill) na kanyang inihain sa Kongreso upang gawing non-mandatory ang pagseserbisyo ng mga pampublikong guro tuwing eleksyon (Pagdinig ng Commitee on Suffrage kahapon, Ika-12 ng Mayo).

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[ 17 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

16 September 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
 
On the first day of plenary deliberations of the 2015 national budget, a progressive lawmaker revealed that unconstitutional pork for legislators is even heftier under the 2015 budget, a total allocation of P27.39 billion and P94.44 million for each solon.  The total hidden pork increased by nearly 32% from the P20.76 billion in the 2014 budget while each solon’s share shot up from P71.6 million.
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio noted that the following assistance programs of the “hidden pork agencies” infused with funds realigned from the item formerly known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are still funded under the proposed budget:

AGENCY

PROGRAM

2014 GAA

(in ‘000)

2015 proposed budget (in ‘000)

DOH

Assistance to Indigent Patients

P 3,193,950

P 1,762,349

DOLE

Government Internship Program (GIP) and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers “TUPAD” Project

1,022,000

611,730

TESDA

Special Training for Employment Program

1,022,000

543,350

DSWD

Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services

4,090,000

3,642,405

CHED and SUCs

Tulong Dunong Program

4,124,200

2,459,287

DPWH

Local Infrastructure Program

7,309,494

18,369,350

 

TOTAL

P 20,761,644

P 27,388,471

Tinio also noted that the amounts of hidden pork per agency decreased by up to 46.83% except DPWH’s, which more than doubled (up by 105.31%).  Each solon’s share in infrastructure projects went up from P25.2 million in the current year to P94.44 million.
The lump sums per solon in all agencies decreased by up to P47%, except in the case of DPWH, which more than doubled from P25.2 million in 2014 to P94.44 million in 2015.  This set-up now makes hard projects have a 2/3 share in a solon’s the total hidden pork.  The old PDAF system allocated P40 million for hard projects out of the P70 million allocation per solon.

LUMP SUM PER SOLON

2014 GAA

2015 GAB

DOH

P 10.5 M

P 6.08 M

DOLE

3.5 M

2.11 M

TESDA

3.5 M

1.87 M

DSWD

14.0 M

12.56 M

CHED & SUCs

14.0 M

8.48 M

DPWH

25.2 M

63.34 M

P 71.6 M

P 94.443 M

The heads of these hidden pork agencies have earlier admitted that they still invite and admit referrals or recommendations of solons as to who will be the beneficiaries of these programs, a practice already declared illegal by the Supreme Court late 2013.  Most notable are the admissions of CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan aired at a closed-door hearing of the House Committee on Appropriations, of DOH Undersecetary Janette Garin at a meeting with solons, and of DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman during their recent budget briefing.
“It is clear that Aquino’s announcement that he has abolished the PDAF is nothing more than posturing,” said ACT Teachers Antonio L. Tinio.  “Not only did he continue PDAF in 2014 despite the Supreme Court ruling banning it–he will bestow pork to legislators in the next year.  Still in secret but with even larger servings.”
Tinio proposed to further itemize lump sums in the budgets of the hidden pork agencies.
“And to make a clear the message that this government is serious in complying with the law and the people’s demand against all forms of pork and political patronage, Congress and Malacanang should enact a budget law explicitly prohibiting formal and informal practices of post-enactment intervention.”
Tinio ended that they will continue to oppose the perpetuation of illegal hidden congressional pork and move for the deletion of these provisions allowing solons to have personal lump sums that preserve the politicization of the delivery of social services.  ###

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[ 9 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

8 September 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

Citing the reality that low pay takes lives, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and representatives of education workers demanded for immediate substantial salary increases for public sector employees.  This call coincided with the briefing for DepEd’s proposed 2015 budget Monday afternoon and the Grand Lobbying for Salary Increase of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the second lobby effort this year at the Lower House for the immediate passage of pending bills for pay hikes for education workers and other government employees.

 

“It is not only loan sharks like PO3 Domino Alipio who kill and maim public school teachers and other state workers,” said Tinio, referring to a policeman who went on a shooting rampage in Pangasinan National High School after failing to collect payments for usurious loans from its teachers.  “By refusing to enact salary increases despite the continuing rise of the cost of living, the government itself is the very cause of the suffering of its employees.”

 

Tinio stressed that the 2015 budget is the right opportunity to make immediate pay hikes possible, and that the recent junking of four impeachment complaints against him proves that he could push Congress, which is led by his party and coalition allies, to do anything if he wants to or if it would be to his benefit.

 

“This time, we dare him to push Congress to do what is to the benefit of the people—to amend the 2015 budget bill with a provision for salary increases.”

 

Tinio has previously slammed Malacanang for its refusal to back proposed legislated salary increases despite a legal mandate to enact pay increases in the annual budget and resounding support from solons both in the Lower House and the Senate.  To date, Tinio’s House Bill 245 or the proposed hike to P25,000 and P15,000 of the salaries of teachers and non-teaching employees, respectively, has garnered the support of 121 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

 

He also noted that the Aquino government should take the Pangasinan shooting as a wake-up call to ease its employees’ economic woes.  “Hindi na dapat niyang hintayin na may mapaslang o masaktan muli sa hanay ng mga guro at kawaning lubog sa utang dahil hindi na makaagapay ang kanilang sweldo sa para sa araw-araw nilang gastusin.  At lalong hindi na dapat hintayin ang election year bago niya bigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima ng Pangasinan shooting at iba pang biktimang kawani sa buong bansa na nagtitiis sa kakarampot na sahod.”  ###