3 May 2017 References:
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817) and Rep. France Castro (09209698457)
ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro support the confirmation of Ka Paeng Mariano as Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary, Judy Taguiwalo as Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) secretary and Gina Lopez as Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary as they are scheduled for their confirmation hearings today at the Commission on Appointments.
“We urge the Commission on Appointments to confirm Mariano, Taguiwalo and Lopez as they present pro-people policies in the departments they head. Their confirmation were bypassed before the congress went into recess last March and were re-appointed last month,” Tinio said. “They fearlessly challenge the politics of imperialist plunder, unbridled corruption, and widespread landlord domination in our country today.”
“Ka Paeng Mariano and Judy Taguiwalo have long and proven records in genuinely serving the people. Ka Paeng, being from the peasant sector has always been in the front line in the fight of the farmers for free distribution of land,” Castro said. “Judy Taguiwalo, vice-chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, has shown in her years of serving the people and activism that she does not only care for the rights of the people for social services but is with them in fighting for their rights. She fought against the pork barrel system by issuing Memo Circular 9, strengthening Commission on Audit rules on the distribution of DSWD assistance where recommendations from politicos are not integral or required in the distribution of the assistance. The strong stand of Lopez against irresponsible mining is an important role in achieving national industrialization.”
“Their confirmation will significantly help in forwarding genuine socio-economic reforms that will greatly benefit the Filipino people. Let us support our progressive leaders who consistently fight for pro-people policies,” Tinio ended.###