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Legislator joins teachers’ protests on World Teachers’ Day

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PRESS RELEASE
October 5, 2011

 

As the nation marks the World Teachers’ Day, ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio today joined hundreds of public school teachers to protest the declining state subsidy to education sector.

Together with the Cebu City teachers, Tinio attended the “Grand World Teachers Day Parade” which commenced from Cebu Normal University to Fuente Osmena Circle.

“Hundreds of public school teachers in National Capital Region, Davao City, Masbate City, Negros City, Baguio City, Iloilo City, Butuan City, Central Luzon, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro City today held simultaneous protest actions to urge the Aquino administration to prioritize education sector by allocating a higher, sufficient budget,” said Tinio.

In his privilege speech at the House of Representatives yesterday, Tinio argued that while saying a simple “Thank You” to teachers suggests the sincerest appreciation of their utmost efforts in providing quality education, the government must go beyond words and give teachers what is just and due them.

“The best way of showing gratitude to our teachers would be the upgrading of their salaries. We all know that next year will be the final tranche of salary increases as provided for by the so-called Salary Standardization Law 3. We would not want to repeat the Arroyo administration’s failure to increase the public school teachers’ salaries for six long years which resulted to the teachers’ enormous financial burden during those times,” reminded Tinio.

“No appreciation would be greater than a higher priority given to education and its workers, not just formally but substantively through a higher budget,” he added.

The ACT Teachers solon also reiterated the concrete demands of teachers, which are as follows: regularization of all volunteer/contractual teachers, creation of at least 104,000 new permanent teacher items to address the teacher shortage, Salary Grade 15 for Teacher 1, Salary Grade 16 for Instructor 1 in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and P6,000 Increase in Base Pay of non-teaching personnel, increase of chalk allowance to P2,000, increasing of Base Productivity Pay to P5,000, increase of Clothing Allowance to P6,000, resolving the P91.5 billion for classroom shortage & other school facilities without resorting to Public-Private Partnerships and similar schemes which proved by many other countries to be more costly.

Tinio called on his fellow lawmakers to study, deliberate and debate on the legislation of a new round of salary increases for government employees beginning 2013.#

 

References:

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)

 

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