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[ 29 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]

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 ]

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/












Rep. Castro’s interpellation on the different agency





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[ 31 Aug 2016 | One Comment ]

31 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France Castro

Solons secure COMELEC word to implement ESRA, strengthen cybersecurity of voters’ records, new scheme of BEI honorarium

ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro look forward as Commission on Election (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista gave his word to implementing the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA) starting next election, supporting a law on the pursuit of an upgraded salary of COMELEC employees, strengthening the cyber security of the commission’s records, and a new scheme of giving honoraria to the teachers who serve as board of election inspectors (BEI) in the deliberation of the said commission’s budget for 2017, yesterday.

Tinio stressed that salaries of COMELEC employees such as lawyers, statisticians, and other professionals are lower than their counterparts in other agencies. He noted that, in pursuit of this concern, he filed House Bill (HB) 1514 or An Act Upgrading the Salaries of Employees of the COMELEC.  Bautista voiced his support for the proposal during the hearing.

On the other hand, Rep. Castro also highlighted the complaints of hundreds of teachers this recent national election in COMELEC’s new scheme of giving honoraria thru cashcards that caused delay especially those in far islands.

Bautista then asked Castro to urge DepEd to be the recipient of the cash and that the department has the responsibility of disbursing it to the bank accounts of teachers.

Meanwhile, Bautista also explained that they are ready for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the RA 10756 or ESRA and are supposed to implement in the barangay elections this October. But for the meantime since barangay elections this October is cancelled, COMELEC said that they are ensuring the actual fulfillment of this on the succeeding elections.

One of the highlights of this law is that election service is no longer required for teachers. Also, a higher compensation package for workers in next polls is mandated.

Bautista assured the lawmakers that the current PhP 6B budget can hover such budgetary requirements like additional honoraria as stated in the ESRA, medical and insurance benefits.

As of today, COMELEC is taking measures on strengthening the cyber security of the voters’ records since there has been a data breach days before the actual election happened.###

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[ 31 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]
31 August 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
ACT Teachers solon Rep. Antonio L. Tinio urged the Commission on Higher Education and the Department Budget and Management to fast track the distribution of teaching and non-teaching items to SUCs, saying that it is only consistent with the Duterte administration’s campaign to end “endo.”
At the hearing on the proposed 2017 budget for CHED, a representative from DBM informed the House appropriations panel that of the 9,000 new teaching posts created by the 2016 General Appropriations Act, 94 are still to be allocated to state universities and colleges (SUCs), while none of the 6,000 new non-teaching posts have been given to them for lack of guidelines in the allocation.
“It is disappointing to hear that there as of this late time in the year, and considering that there are currently over 13,000 job order personnel in SUCs, there are still teaching and non-teaching items that DBM and CHED have to give to our SUCs,” said Tinio. “We remind DBM and CHED that the creation of new teaching and non-teaching positions in 2016 is borne out of a long struggle of SUC personnel to urge government to end its decades-long freeze hiring in SUCs. But we hear reports from our SUCs that they are still waiting for the new positions, and we hear from DBM that not all of these items have been allocated until now.”
“We strongly plead for the fast-tracking of the process for these positions to be given to SUCs which are in dire need of them. Every instructor and professor, every administrative, technical, or support staff are important to our SUCs. And each item will be life-changing to every person who will be regularized, as most of them spent the best part of their careers as job order or contract of service employees, without employer-employee relationship with the SUCs they serve.”
Tinio vowed that they will closely monitor the completion of the distribution of items to SUCs.
Lastly, he scored CHED’s use of 178 “projectized” staff in the regional offices to manage its scholarship programs, reiterating that this practice is illegal under the Administrative Code and other laws prohibiting the hiring of job order personnel to fulfill regular functions or programs of agencies. ###