HON. ANTONIO L. TINIO
National Chairperson, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), 2002 to 2012
Member, Philippine House of Representatives, 2010 to present
A teacher by profession, Antonio L. Tinio has a long record of advocacy for teachers, education workers, and marginalized sectors of Philippine society. Prior to being a legislator, he served as the National Chairperson of the largest non-traditional organization of teachers and education workers in the Philippines, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), leading it in its campaigns for decent and adequate salaries and benefits and other issues affecting the education sector, and the peoples’ right to quality education. He was also active in the struggle for genuine agrarian reform, sovereignty, human rights, and other issues affecting the entire nation.
Since becoming a Member of the House of Representatives in 2010, Tinio continued advancing the interests of education workers and other marginalized sectors as Representative of ACT Teachers. He successfully introduced laws which increased several allowances of public school teachers and other government employees and regularized thousands of contractual teachers nationwide. He is the principal author of Republic Act 10653 which increased the exemption from income tax of 13th month pay and other bonuses of employees and workers in the private and public sectors, Republic Act 10743 or the National Teachers’ Day Act, and Republic Act 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act, which makes election service voluntary and mandates a higher compensation package for poll workers.
Tinio is now in his third term in the House of Representatives, where he is joined by our other Representative of ACT Teachers Party-List, Congresswoman France Castro. They have filed among their first priority bills House Bill 56, An Act Increasing the Minimum Salaries of Public School Teachers and Other Government Employees and Augmenting the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance, House Bill 57, Restructuring the Income Brackets and Rates of Tax Imposed on Taxable Income of Individuals, and House Bill 58, the Teacher Protection Act. Under his chairmanship, the Committee on Public Information approved the Freedom of Information Bill. He is a member of Committee on Basic Education and eight other committees. ###