House adopts ACT Teachers’ proposed amendments for 2012 budget
“Chalk allowance” increased; regularization of contractual, volunteer and part-time faculty OKd
October 12, 2011
The House of Representatives yesterday adopted ACT Teachers Party-List’s proposed amendments for the 2012 national budget, particularly for the Department of Education (DepEd) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
The amendments included the raising of the cash allowance (popularly known as “chalk allowance”) of public school teachers from P700 to P1,000 per year. Special Provision No. 4 under the DepEd budget states that “Cash allowance to teachers for the purchase of chalks, erasers, forms, and other classroom supplies and materials shall be paid only to classroom teachers at One Thousand Pesos (P1,000) per teacher per school year.”
“Although we originally proposed forP2,000 cash allowance for classroom teachers, the increased amount is a clear indicator of a success brought about by the persistent lobbying of ACT Teachers backed by the enormous support from the mass movement of public school teachers outside Congress,” said ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio.
Also included in the amended portions of the 2012 national budget is Special Provision No. 8, which mandates the regularization of qualified contractual and volunteer teachers: “In the hiring of new teachers, whether to fill unfilled or newly created positions, priority shall be given to qualified contractual and volunteer teachers, whether employed by the Deped or the local government units.”
“This special provision will be of big help to an overwhelming number of public school teachers. DepEd’s data reveals that at present, there are currently 49,530 locally funded teachers and 19,063 volunteer Kindergarten teachers working in our public schools. Evidently, these teachers are the most exploited professionals in the government bureaucracy, as they usually work on a contractual basis with no job security, receive compensation below minimum wage, and being denied of the benefits and protections, such as GSIS and PhilHealth coverage, extended to regular employees,” said Tinio.
ACT Teachers’ proposal to regularize qualified part-time faculty in state colleges and universities was also included in the 2012 budget: “In the hiring of new faculty, whether to fill unfilled or newly created positions, priority shall be given to qualified contractual or part-time faculty.”
“Precariously-employed contractual and part-time faculty comprise 47.01% of the total teaching force in SUCs. This stark reality compromises the central role of public higher education institutions in the country,” stressed Tinio.#
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)