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ACT Teachers Rep. Tinio as he delivers his Explanation of Vote against ARMM Elections postponement

 

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Legislator scores zero allocation for new SUC faculty in 2013 budget

ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio decried the lack of funding for new faculty of the 110 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) throughout the country in the proposed 2013 national budget during yesterday’s plenary deliberations at the House of Representatives.

“Zero, as in zero. That’s the number of new teaching positions that will be funded in the proposed 2013 budget for SUCs,” said Tinio. “The fact is, there is a shortage of at least 16,674 regular faculty positions for this year that is not being addressed by Malacañang’s budget proposal.”

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[ 11 Sep 2012 | One Comment ]
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The tripartite MOA finally settles the issue of premium arrears (government share) from July 1997 to December 2010.  More than 800,000 permanent and non-permanent teaching and non-teaching employees of DepEd will receive their benefits in proportion to paid premiums according to their updated service records.

“For more than two decades, teachers bore the brunt of the unjust policies GSIS began by its former President and General Manager Winston Garcia.  For a long time, we have fought for the updating of records,” Tinio said.  “This MOA is the laudable product of the long saga of mass actions and campaigns we have waged since the late 1990s against these policies.”

 

 

 

 

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[ 11 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Public school teachers to enjoy more benefits (INQUIRER.net) ]

4:36 pm | Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 

MANILA, Philippines—Public school teachers will soon enjoy more benefits including higher loans and increase in retirement benefits after a new memorandum of agreement was signed by the Departments of Budget and Management (DBM), and of Education (DepEd) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

The signing of the tripartite agreement was witnessed by no less than President Aquino in ceremonies held in Malacañang on Tuesday.

The MoA, Malacañang said, was meant to address the “chronic issue” of unpaid premiums by restoring the benefits of nearly 800,000 active and inactive employees of the DepEd since July 1997.

Under the agreement, the DBM will settle P6.92 billion of premium-in-arrears representing the government share and expedite payment by advancing P3.46 billion, or half of the total amount, Malacañang said.

In return, the GSIS, through its board of trustees, will condone P14 billion of accrued interest as well as grant a five percent discount on the principal.

With the signing of this MoA, GSIS president and general manager Robert Vergara said DepEd employees “will soon enjoy a proportionate increase in their eligible benefits, higher loanable amounts and, potentially, increased retirement benefits.”

The retired and inactive employees of DepEd may also receive higher pensions as the GSIS will recalculate their benefits and refund any amount that was deducted and will adjust their pensions accordingly, Vergara added in the same statement.—Maila Ager