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Teachers’ solon calls for immediate payment of Kinder teachers unpaid since last year

28 February 2013 3 Comments

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27 February 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)


Teachers’ solon calls for immediate payment of Kinder teachers unpaid since last year

ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio today called on the Aquino administration to immediately pay public school kindergarten teachers, some of whom have not been paid for nine months.

The party-list solon revealed that volunteer Kindergarten teachers of the Department of Education (DepEd) in several cities and provinces nationwide have not been paid their honoraria for almost the entire school year due to red tape in the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), which has so far failed to release the necessary funds.

“Unpaid labor is slave labor,” said Tinio.  “The usual saying is that public school teachers are overworked and underpaid.  But in the case of these Kindergarten teachers, they are not paid at all.  We call on Malacañang to ensure that all Kindergarten teachers are paid immediately.”

Tinio pointed out that the DepEd’s volunteer Kindergarten teachers are already highly exploited.  “They are contractuals who are paid a mere P3,000 to P6,000 honorarium per month, are not entitled to benefits such as GSIS and PhilHealth, and have no job security.  To deny them what little they are entitled to for months on end is adding insult to injury.”

According to Tinio, Caloocan volunteers have been teaching without pay since the opening of classes June last year.  The Division’s Accounting Department reported it has sent two previous requests for P4.7 million for the honoraria for School Year 2012-2013.  As of press time, DBM has not issued a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) to pay for the teachers’ services for nine months.

Mandaluyong volunteers have not been paid since October.  Although DBM issued a SARO for October to December, it has yet to release a Notice of Cash Allowance (NCA).  The Accounting Department is also waiting for the SARO for the honoraria from January to March.

Other DepEd schools divisions like Rizal and San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan complained of bureaucratic tangles alleged by DBM such as missing attachments to requests for SAROs and NCAs.  Divisions report that months pass before they get any response from the DBM.

Volunteer Kindergarten teachers are not placed in DepEd’s plantilla.  As contractuals, their honoraria are subject to requests for special budget releases, a process usually taking months. There are over 23,000 of them nationwide.

“DBM’s delays and bureaucratic shambles cause these teachers to take nothing home to their families.  A volunteer teacher complained that she does not even have enough to buy shampoo and toothpaste,” he added.

Tinio criticized the DepEd’s use of contractuals to implement universal Kindergarten.  “The plight of volunteer Kindergarten teachers, who are the frontliners in implementing this administration’s K to 12 program, highlights the government’s reliance on highly exploitative contractualization schemes to deliver basic social services.  This proves what we have been saying all along—the government is not ready for the requirements of K to 12.”

“The Aquino administration must end this virtual slavery.  The only solution is to hire these volunteer teachers as regular employees of DepEd,” he concluded. ###

 

  • marian sabio mariano

    yan nga po ang sobrang nakakadismaya ako po pagkatapos imbes na bgyan ng bonus pagdting ng dec kalahati lng ang pinapasweldo … ilang taon pong ganun
    bkit po kaya ganun kaliit ang tingin sa amin ,, kami po ag napyag bilang volunteers d dhil d kami karapat dapt pumayag po kami dhil siguro namn wala kaming katumbas na halaga kc dna sana kami nagtagl sa pagtuturo. kmi namn po ay ngaral ng 4 na taon nagktaon lng n d pinalad makapasa sa board pero kung kmi ay ikumpara sa mga bagong hire d hamak na mas karapat dapt po siguro kami bt po ngaun parang kmi naisantabi lang at parang basura na bsta sisipain .. ano po kayang kapalaran naghhintay sa amin..

    • admin

      Dear Ms. Marian,
      Tama po kayo ukol sa kahalagahan ng mga guro. Kailangan po nating isulong at igiit sa gubyerno ang higit pang pagpapahalaga sa mga guro sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay sa inyo ng karampatang sahod at benepisyo at kasiguruhan sa trabaho. Ito po ang dahilan kung bakit natin isinusulong ang teachers’ salary upgrading at nilalabanan ang kontraktwalisasyon.
      Simula 2011 Budget, naipasok po ni Cong. Tinio ang isang probisyon sa General Appropriations Act na nagsasabing dapat bigyang prayoridad sa hiring ang qualified contractual and volunteer teachers (Special Provision 9 sa ilalim ng DepEd budget). Ang epekto ng batas na ito ay ang pagreregularisa sa mga matagal nang nagtuturo bilang volunteers o Local School Board teachers sa buong bansa. Maaari po ninyong tipunin ang mga gurong kakilala ninyo na kontraktwal din sa inyong Dibisyon at igiit sa Superintendent ang inyong karapatan sa ilalim ng batas na ito. Makatutulong ang aming opisina sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat sa Superintendent ninyo ukol dito. Maaari po ninyong i-email sa rep.antonio.tinio@gmail.com ang inyong mga detalye gaya ng Dibisyon ninyo at kung gaano na kayo katagal na kontraktwal.
      Sana po ay makatulong ang impormasyong ito.
      Atty. Maneeks
      Legislative Staff, Office of Rep. Tinio

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