Teachers, join the ACT Union! Fight for salary upgrading!

Antonio L. Tinio
Party-List Representative, ACT Teachers

5 October 2012

Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

Nothing less than a historic victory! On September 17, 2012, the Civil Service Commission accredited the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-National Capital Region (ACT-NCR) Union as the sole and exclusive negotiating agent of all public school teachers in the Department of Education-NCR. As more than 26,000 teachers signed and supported ACT’s petition, its successful accreditation is a triumph for us all.

Now, ACT-NCR Union will embark on the next and most important phase of struggle for any union—meeting face-to-face with the DepEd NCR management (to be represented by its Regional Director) to forge a Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA). ACT-NCR Union’s CNA proposal will include our demands regarding various aspects of the practice of our profession, including teaching hours, teaching load, leaves, promotion, and non-monetary benefits, among others. The CNA proposal will also underscore the demand for a CNA Incentive, a one-time bonus to be received by all NCR teachers when a final CNA is successfully agreed upon. ACT-NCR Union will fight for a P35,000 CNA Incentive for each and every teacher in NCR. Let ACT-NCR Union’s struggles and victories serve as an inspiration and example for public school teachers in other regions nationwide!

Along with the challenge of forming ACT Union regional organizations throughout the country, we call on all teachers to unite and fight for the most urgent demands of public school teachers today. Foremost is the enactment into law of House Bill 2142, which I authored, for the upgrading of public school teachers’ salaries from Salary Grade 11 (P18,549/month) to SG 15 (P24,887/month), together with House Bill 3746 for an additional P6,000 in the minimum pay of non-teaching personnel. Your support is also much needed for the amendments that I proposed to be made in the 2013 National Budget. These include the regularization of contractual teachers employed by Local School Boards and volunteer Kindergarten teachers; allocation of funds to make the annual medical examination of teachers free of charge; increase of the honoraria of volunteer Kindergarten teachers; and the scrapping of DepEd’s bid to amend the “no teacher’s transfer without consent” rule guaranteed by the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers. ACT Teachers is also pushing for an investigation into DepEd’s failure to remit to GSIS P4.5 billion in personal share premiums of its employees from 1997 to 2010.

Ngayong October 5, World Teachers’ Day, nagpupugay ang ACT Teachers’ Party-List sa mga dakilang guro ng bayan! Tuloy ang laban!

Rep. Antonio L. Tinio
Quezon City
Office address Rm. 618 South Wing, House of Representatives, Batasan Hills,
Tel. +632-9316193
Email tinio.dal@congress.gov.ph ∙ rep.antonio.tinio@gmail.com