16 December 2013
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio urged DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro to immediately extend financial assistance to teachers and other DepEd personnel affected by Yolanda.
“Matagal nang umaaray ang mga guro at kawaning nasalanta ni Yolanda,” said Tinio, “at di nila maitindihan kung bakit sa kabila nito ay mukhang sa kanila rin inaasa ang paghahagilap ng mga rekurso para sa repair at rehabilitation ng mga nasirang klasrum at pasilidad.”
He added that more than a month after disaster struck, classes are still being held in terrible conditions like in makeshift classrooms, oven-like tents, or classrooms with tarps for roofs.
He said that teachers and other DepEd personnel in the affected areas worry that with the government’s record of knee-dragging in repair and rebuilding of schools and offices stricken by disaster, they would have to resort to their own devices and tap into their own funds.
Tinio argued that with the slow assessment and rehabilitation efforts of the Department, his office has received several complaints from teachers and other employees from Samar, Leyte, Panay, Cebu, and other divisions who used their own money for repairs of classrooms and offices.
This, despite themselves being beset by skyrocketing prices of oil and basic commodities in their areas.
Tinio said that the survivors expect government to at least assist them in their personal recovery by extending to them financial assistance or zero-interest loans which would help them in their daily expenses and in rebuilding their homes.
He noted that government has funds to do this, with the recent approval of the extension of the life of calamity-related funds amounting to P12 billion. ###