REP. ANTONIO L. TINIO
Representative, ACT Teachers Party-List
National Chairperson, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), 2002-2012
Member, Philippine House of Representatives, 2010-present
Antonio L. Tinio was born in Quezon City, Philippines, in 1970. He graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, magna cum laude. He is a teacher by profession. From 1991 to 1995, he taught as an Instructor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He was also a Lecturer at the same university from 1995 to 2010 at the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas.
Tinio was a founding member of Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy, a national organization of teachers formed in 1994 committed to the struggle for genuine sovereignty and democracy in the Philippines. He became the National Campaign Coordinator of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), the largest non-traditional organization of teachers and education workers in the Philippines, in 1998 and served as its National Chairperson from 2002 until 2012.
As ACT Chairperson, Tinio was spokesperson for the organization’s numerous advocacies, including the rights and welfare of teachers and education workers and the struggle to uphold the people’s right to quality public education. With teachers and educators nationwide, he stood at the forefront of ACT’s successful campaigns to raise the salaries of teachers by P9,000, against onerous policies of the Government Service Insurance System, and for greater government subsidies for education. He was also active in promoting respect for human and trade union rights in the education sector.
Tinio is likewise an advocate of educators’ issues at the international level. He represented ACT at Education International’s World Congress (Berlin, 2007) and Asia-Pacific Conference (Bangkok, 2009), organized an international academic conference on the impact of neoliberal globalization on education (Taipei, 2009), and went on a cross-country speaking tour to raise awareness about the human rights situation in the Philippines (Canada, 2009).
In 2009, ACT Teachers Party-List was founded to bring the struggles of teachers and education personnel to Congress. As its founding member and National President, Tinio served on behalf of ACT Teachers as Member of the House of Representatives, filing bills and resolutions for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of teachers and educators, including substantial salary increases and adequate benefits, refund of illegal deductions made by GSIS, the protection of the right of suffrage of public school teachers serving as election inspectors, and regularization, to name a few. He continues being the genuine voice of teachers and educators, as elected Representative for ACT Teachers Party-List, on his second term in Congress.
16th Congress (as of Journal No. 11, 13 August 2013)
Banks and Financial Intermediaries
Basic Education and Culture
Government Enterprises and Privatization
Higher and Technical Education
Information and Communications Technology
Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
Women and Gender Equality