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Struggling for regularization of teachers in higher education: ACT Teachers Rep. Tonchi at a consultation forum with BulSU faculty

22 February 2014 One Comment
Rep. Tinio at a consultation forum with non-tenured BulSU faculty (21 February 2014, BulSU)

Rep. Tinio at a consultation forum with non-tenured BulSU faculty (21 February 2014, BulSU)

Bulacan State University’s part-time faculty far outnumber its regular faculty by 746 to nearly 200.  While the ratio of full-timers to part-timers in all 110 state universities and colleges nationwide is 80% to 20%, the reverse holds true in BulSU.  The non-tenured faculty are hired through “contracts of service” which declare the non-existence of an employer-employee relationship between them and the University (in other words, they are not government employees).

This translates to inadequate yet delayed salaries, lack of social security benefits such as GSIS, and a denial of full union rights, among others–despite the reality that the part-timers have the same teaching load as their regular counterparts.  This goes on year in and year out, as they are rehired as part-timers, under the same contracts of service with the same terms and conditions.  Benefits such as the 13th month pay previously granted by the University administration were disallowed by the Commission on Audit.

This sad plight of “permanent part-timers” exists, in varying degrees, in other SUCs throughout the country, due to the government’s decades-long policy of a freeze in the hiring of faculty in SUCs notwithstanding the annually increasing demand caused by higher enrollment.  The past and current administrations choose to exploit thousands of professionals for their teaching services for the sake of “austerity” and greater reliance on privately-provided education.

Since its first term in Congress, ACT Teachers Party-List, through Rep. Tinio, has been struggling for the regularization of faculty in SUCs.  Rep. Tinio filed HB 442, An Act Prohibiting the Hiring of Teachers in the Public Sector through Contracts of Service and Job Orders.   He also succeeded, since 2012, in introducing a law mandating SUCs to give priority to qualified contractual and part-time faculty in hiring and filling up of new teaching items.  He steadfastly argued, during budget deliberations, against the said freeze hiring and for the creation of sufficient new teaching items for SUCs, salary increases for teaching and non-teaching personnel, the abolition of presidential and congressional pork and the realignment of these funds to basic social services including education, and others.

In the coming weeks, and in advance of the budget deliberations of Congress, ACT Teachers, in cooperation with BulSU faculty and those in other SUCs, will be bringing these issues to the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management, through dialogues with Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and Secretary Florencio Abad.


Click here for related bills:

HB 247 or An Act Increasing the Allowance of Personal Exemptions

HB 248 or An Act Increasing the Ceiling for the Total Exclusion from Gross Income of 13th Month Pay and Other Benefit to Sixty Thousand Pesos

HB 250 or An Act Increasing the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) Granted to Government Employees to P4,000

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