Teachers and non-teaching personnel nationwide wear black armbands for salary increase


“Increase the salaries of public school teachers and non-teaching personnel!  Greater budget for education!”

“President Aquino—Prioritize the enactment of House Bill 245 or An Act Increasing the Minimum Monthly Salaries of Public School Teachers to Twenty Five Thousand Pesos (P25,000) and Non-Teaching Personnel to Fifteen Thousand Pesos (P15,000) and similar bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate!”

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You can send your black armband pictures to rep.antonio.tinio@gmail.com or actphilippines@gmail.com.

PRESS RELEASE: Propose pay hikes for gov’t employees in 2015 budget –solon to Aquino


30 April 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)


Propose pay hikes for gov’t employees in 2015 budget –solon to Aquino


On Labor Day, public school teachers and other government employees banged on the doors of President Aquino to heed their long-standing demand for salary increases.


ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio filed in July 2013 House Bill 245, which calls for at least P25,000 and P15,000 monthly salaries for public school teachers and non-teaching personnel, respectively.  The measure now has the support of nearly half of the Lower House, with more legislators expected to sign as co-authors when Congress resumes session on May 5.


Public school teachers currently receive a minimum salary of P18,549 monthly (SG 11), while non-teaching personnel receive P9,000 (SG 1).


Tinio is also co-author to Anakpawis Party-List’s HB 3015, which calls for a P6,000 hike in the minimum pay of public sector workers.


“Two years have passed since government raised the salaries of its employees but the ordinary Filipino is battered daily by increases in the costs of living,” Tinio lamented, noting that, with a P1,022 family living wage (NCR), the P456 minimum wage forces families to live on a deficit of P566 each day.


“Government employees realize that their just demand faces an administration which has admitted its aversion to pay hikes.”  Tinio noted that, as the Salary Standardization Law 3 was enacted in 2009, Aquino has not yet effected any salary increase until now, four years into his term.


“Our President therefore has a huge debt to state workers.”


“Since his administration is now preparing its proposed 2015 national budget, the time is ripe for Aquino to pay that debt,” Tinio said.  “We challenge his administration to propose to Congress a provision for pay hikes in the 2015 budget.”


Without this proposal, Tinio added, Aquino should expect to be battered by protests from state workers, including the 600,000-strong bureaucracy from the public education sector.  ###

PRESS RELEASE: Solon calls for salary upgrading for COMELEC employees


30 April 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)




On the eve of Labor Day and days before voters’ registration resumes, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio joined COMELEC employees in demanding for pay hikes.


At a press conference with the COMELEC Employees Union and the Provincial Election Supervisors of the Philippines, Tinio said that for years, around 6,000 poll workers especially rank-and-file employees have complained of salaries which are not at par with those of equivalent positions in other government agencies.  The disparity ranges from three to five salary grades, violating the principle of “equal pay for equal work.”


For example, COMELEC clerks get at least P10,401 monthly (Salary Grade 3) while those in other constitutional bodies like the Senate receive P13,890 (SG 7).  An Election Officer I, responsible for a small electoral municipality, and Election officer IV, for capital towns and cities, are paid P19,940 and P39,493 respectively (SG 12 and 21).  Considering their duties and work load, they perform functions equivalent to division chiefs in other agencies who get P49,750 monthly (SG 24).


“Every step of the election process, from voters’ registration to the canvassing of votes, is carried out because COMELEC employees toil all year round, even harder during the election season.  They are additionally saddled by flawed automation,” said Tinio.  “It is unjust that poll workers—the very backbone of the democratic exercise—are rewarded by government with salaries disproportionate to their vital roles.”


Tinio added that decent salaries will help insulate COMELEC employees from graft and corruption during elections.


Tinio is set to file a bill for salary upgrading of COMELEC employees.  Noting that COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes, Jr. previously pledged support to the pay hike campaign, he called on the poll chief to lobby for the bill’s passage.


The time is right, Tinio added, for Brillantes to include in COMELEC’s 2015 budget proposal the funding requirements to make the pay upgrade possible.  In addition to gearing up for the resumption of voters’ registration on May 6, COMELEC is also preparing its budget proposal to be submitted to DBM.  ###