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[ 17 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments ]

PRESS RELEASE
14 March 2014

Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio joined teachers and non-teaching personnel in basic and higher education in a march from Morayta to Mendiola to demand higher salaries for workers in the education sector.  The protest action coincides with the budget preparation phase, during which DepEd and CHED along with the other agencies draft their proposed 2015 budgets.
The education workers demand for a minimum monthly salaries of P25,000 for teachers in basic education, P26,878 (Salary Grade 16) for faculty in SUCs, and an additional P6,000 in the base pay of non-teaching staff.  They demand for increases in the bonuses and allowances including chalk allowance and PERA.
Lastly, they call for tax relief measures that will make their earnings catch up with the increase in the prices of basic commodities.  These include an increase of basic personal and additional exemptions to P75,000 and P40,000 per dependent as well as the raising to P60,000 the ceiling for tax-exempt bonuses.
These demands, Tinio maintained, are more than covered by the P945 billion presidential and congressional pork barrel still in the 2014 budget, which funds are expected to be proposed again in the next year.
“We have said every year that the biggest savings of government is on teachers and other school staff, along with those in other sectors,” said Tinio.  ”This policy of tightening the belt of the education sector forces teaching and non-teaching personnel to live within starvation salaries and bonuses, and take on the workload of several persons due to lack of items.”
“As early as now, we are banging on the doors of DBM and Malacanang.  We say to them–Let go of their pork and give these public funds to those who should benefit from them.  Public monies are best invested on the education of our children and not line politicians’ pockets.”  ###

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[ 4 Mar 2014 | No Comment ]

 

PRESS RELEASE

4 March 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

Hidden pork to ensure charter change approval in House

 

With the unusually fast progress of the charter change resolution despite opposition from several sectors and legal luminaries, the Aquino administration will rely on hidden pork to ensure the amendment of the Constitution, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said.

 

“The committee approval of the ChaCha resolution after only a few meetings is not surprising,” observed Tinio.  “No doubt, Malacanang has been using its wide arsenal of congressional and presidential pork to grease the approval despite heavy substantive and procedural objections to it.”

 

Tinio recently revealed P20.8 billion of “House pork” tucked into the 2014 budgets of six line agencies and revealed the formal and informal practices used by legislators to access it, including a form circulating among House members which serves as listing of beneficiaries identified by lawmakers.

 

“Such informal practices of maintaining the pork barrel system are illegal following the Supreme Court decision. Moreover, they can only persist because of the conscious and willful participation of the President and his Cabinet,” said Tinio. “In sustaining the Congressional pork barrel through hidden or informal means, Malacañang is  violating the law and deceiving the public.

 

Tinio also found P1.8 billion of “Senate pork” in several agencies.  The 2014 budget was enacted a month after the Supreme Court struck down the Priority Development Assistance Fund as unconstitutional and prohibited lawmakers from post-enactment intervention in accessing agency funds.

 

“The administration’s hand behind the overspeeding chacha train is obvious as its main drivers are Aquino allies,” added Tinio.  “Despite the people’s outrage and the Supreme Court decision, the working relationship between Malacañang and the Legislature continues to be greased by pork. President Aquino’s record of using PDAF and other forms of pork, such as DAP, to control congress is undeniable. So we expect him to go all-out with dispensing pork to ensure that this unpopular and anti-people charter change resolution breezes through Congress. Only popular opposition can stop it in its tracks.”

 

If enacted, Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 will pave the way for amendments, by mere legislation, of the constitution to allow foreign ownership of land, public utilities, natural resources, and media and advertising, among others. “Hidden pork will be used to facilitate the exploitation of our people and the plunder of our land and resources,” said Tinio. ###

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[ 2 Mar 2014 | No Comment ]

MEDIA ADVISORY

2 March 2014

Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

Contractual profs to demand regularization from DBM

WHAT:  Dialogue on the massive contractualization of faculty in Bulacan State University (BulSU) and other SUCs
WHO:  A mass delegation of BulSU contractual faculty, Rep. Tinio, and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, with the Department of Budget and Management
WHEN:  March 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  DBM Mendiola

 Media coverage is requested.

A mass delegation of Bulacan State University’s contractual faculty joined by ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers will troop to DBM Monday, March 3 at 2 p.m., to personally inform the national government of their dire conditions as lowly-paid “permanent part-timers.”  The group seeks a dialogue with Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad.

BulSU has 746 part-timers hired through “contracts of service” which declare that they are not government employees.  They endure inadequate yet delayed salaries and have no social security benefits like GSIS–even though they have the same teaching load as their regular counterparts.  They are repeatedly rehired under the same contracts with the same terms and conditions.

BulSU’s 746 are among the estimated 14,000 “permanent part-timers” in all SUCs nationwide hired due to the government’s decades-long policy of a freeze hiring of faculty despite the yearly increasing enrolment.  The Aquino administration continues the exploitation of thousands of professionals for the sake of “austerity” and increasing reliance on private higher education.

The only way to stop this exploitation, Tinio and the teachers demand, is for government to immediately create enough number, based on current needs, of teaching items for SUCs and to regularize qualified contractual faculty.  ###

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[ 18 Feb 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

 

February 18, 2014

 

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)

 

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the Supreme Court ruling declaring the crime of online libel as constitutional

 

We deplore the ruling of the Supreme Court that has upheld as constitutional the provision on online libel as a distinct crime with a heavier penalty than libel as defined in the Revised Penal Code.

Since the Internet is a new kind of medium that allows individuals to reach a mass audience directly, the new crime of online libel constitutes a direct threat to free speech and individual expression. At the very least, it will have a chilling effect on online discussions of vital public issues.

In addition, this is a step backward from the enlightened trend of decriminalizing libel while retaining civil liability in order to ensure accountability in the exercise of free speech.

Given the ruling, the way forward now is to amend the cybercrime law by repealing the provision on online libel. For that purpose, I have already filed House Bill 446. ###