Home » Archive

News

Features, Headline, News »

[ 4 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

4 February 2016

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Tinio blasts Trillanes for failure to pass pay hike bill as Congress goes on break

 

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio is laying the blame squarely on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for the failure of Congress to pass the proposed law granting a new round of salary increases for state workers before it went on a four-month long recess yesterday.

 

Tinio blasted Trillanes for leaving the country in the midst of a deadlock between the chambers of Congress on the final version of the pay hike bill and as the legislature was counting down the days before going on an extended break due to the upcoming national and local elections.

 

Trillanes reportedly left for the United States “on official mission” last week.

 

Tinio pointed out that Trillanes is the chairperson of the Senate Civil Service Committee in charge of the proposed new Salary Standardization Law (SSL 4), and as such, headed the Senate delegation to the Bicameral Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

 

“What sort of elected official goes on a trip abroad in the middle of contentious bicameral talks, making it virtually impossible for Congress to pass the bill before the recess? This is gross dereliction of duty on his part. His twisted priorities and self-indulgence means that 1.5 million government employees will not receive the salary hikes and bonuses that they desperately need,” said Tinio. “SSL 4 would have provided pay hikes from January onwards. As it stands, Congress can only work on final approval of SSL 4 when it resumes session on May 23. In the meantime, public sector employees get nothing, thanks to the good Senator.”

 

The bicameral conference between the two chambers of Congress was deadlocked after the Senate panel led by Trillanes insisted on a provision that would index the pension of military retirees to the salary increases provided in SSL 4. The House panel objected because of lack of funding. The Senate proposal would cost taxpayers an additional P18 billion for the first year of implementation. “The responsible thing to do would have been to settle the issue before leaving. But as far as Senator Trillanes is concerned, it appears that a so-called ‘international forum’ in the United States is more important than addressing the day-to-day needs of the country’s civil servants, who last received a salary adjustment in 2012.”

 

Tinio noted that P58 billion has been set aside in the 2016 national budget for salary increases and bonuses and incentives of the country’s 1.5 million government employees. However, the increases cannot be implemented without the enactment of SSL 4.

 

Tinio also criticized Senate President Franklin Drilon for authorizing Trillanes’ departure and failing to resolve the impasse before the recess. “Is the Senate a collegial body where rule by majority prevails, or is it an exclusive club where the welfare of millions of Filipinos can be held hostage by the whims of one Senator?” ###

Headline, News »

[ 27 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
PRESS RELEASE
27 January 2015
 
Solon hails passage of bill making election service non-compulsory for teachers
 
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio hailed the passage of the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA) by Congress, with yesterday’s adoption by the House of amendments made by the Senate.
 
The ESRA makes election service voluntary for public school teachers and other citizens, increases the honoraria for poll workers, and mandates benefits such as medical and legal assistance, among others. Tinio is the principal author of ESRA.
 
“This is a historic victory for public school teachers, who have long clamored to make election service voluntary instead of compulsory. While teachers have discharged the burden of obligatory election service well, their ranks have also paid the price. We dedicate the passage of this law to the memory of Filomena Tatlonghari, Nellie Banaag, and other teachers who gave their lives while serving in elections,” said Tinio.
 
Tatlonghari was killed in a ballot box-snatching incident in Mabini, Batangas in 1995, while Banaag died when her school was burned down by armed men during the 2007 elections.
 
Tinio likewise acknowledged the support of the House leadership, particularly Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, and House Suffrage and Electoral Reforms Committee chair Rep. Fredenil Castro for the passage of the bill. “Their support was crucial in securing House approval, given the limited session days remaining and the difficulty of achieving a quorum,” noted Tinio.
 
Tinio further lauded the efforts of various teachers’ groups, as well as the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) and the Center for Political Economy, Foundation for Economic Freedom in campaigning for the passage of ESRA. “Their tireless lobbying was the decisive factor in convincing the House and Senate to enact ESRA.”
 
Under the Congress-approved bill, election service shall be performed by public school on a voluntary basis. In case of a lack of public school teachers, the COMELEC may appoint the following, in the order of preference: private school teachers; national government employees, excluding military personnel; members of COMELEC-accredited citizens’ arms; and any qualified registered voter with no partisan political affiliations. PNP personnel shall be appointed as a last resort if no other qualified voters are willing to serve.
 
ESRA also mandates COMELEC, within 30 days of the law’s effectivity, to determine if there is still material time to implement non-compulsory election service in the 2016 national and local elections. Otherwise, it will take effect in the next polls.
The measure raises the honoraria for BEI chairman from P3,000 to P6,000; for BEI members from P3,000 to P5,000; for Department of Education supervisors from P3,000 to P4,000 and for support staff from P1,500 to P2,000. They will also be given a travel allowance of P1,000, double the amount granted in 2013.
 
Tinio assured that the passage of ESRA will not result in a shortage of election workers. “Considering the increase in honoraria and the solid package of benefits and legal assistance, teachers opting out of election service will be the exception, rather than the rule. Teachers will continue to serve in the overwhelming majority of polling precincts nationwide, and they will do an even better job.”
 
“We urge Pres. Aquino to sign this historic measure as soon as possible,” concluded Tinio.” ###

Features, Headline, In The News, News »

[ 14 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
PRESS RELEASE
14 January 2016
Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
 
Pres. Aquino has denied desperately needed relief to two million SSS pensioners, many of whom receive as little as P1,200 per month.
The convenient bugbear of reduced actuarial life cannot be used to justify the veto because there’s more than enough time to implement measures that would improve the revenues of SSS.
We urge our colleagues in Congress to stand with the pensioners and override the President’s veto. ###

Headline, News »

[ 14 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]

ACT Teachers Rep. Tinio: PNoy denied desperately needed relief to 2M SSS pensioners

PRESS RELEASE
14 January 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Rep. Antonio Tinio on Pres. Aquino’s veto of the SSS pension bill

Pres. Aquino has denied desperately needed relief to two million SSS pensioners, many of whom receive as little as P1,200 per month.
The convenient bugbear of reduced actuarial life cannot be used to justify the veto because there’s more than enough time to implement measures that would improve the revenues of SSS.
We urge our colleagues in Congress to stand with the pensioners and override the President’s veto. ###

(Rep. Tinio is co-author of House Bill 5842, which was passed by Congress last November to increase to P3,200 and P4,000 the current monthly pensions for SSS members who have at least 10 and 20 years in contributions, respectively. The bill is principally authored by his fellow Makabayan congressman BAYAN MUNA Rep. Neri Colmenares.)