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Teachers troop to Times Street to seek dialogue with President-elect

3 May 2010 No Comment

June 10, 2010

 

 

Militant teachers trooped to the home of President-elect Noynoy Aquino this morning to seek a dialoque with him on issues affecting the education sector.

 

Around thirty teachers, bearing placards and streamers, marched to the gate of Aquino’s residence in Times Street, Quezon City. “Within the first 100 days of his administration, we urge President-elect Aquino to take action on a number of pressing matters affecting teachers and the education sector,” said Alliance of Concerned Teachers national chairperson Antonio Tinio.

 

The teachers urged Aquino to implement the following:

 

  • Salary increase for teachers in the public and private sector. In the public sector, ensure the full implementation of the Salary Standardization Law 3 in the 2010;
  • Immediate replacement of Winston Garcia as President and General Manager of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and rescinding of the unfair and unjust policies (premium-based policy, claims and loans interdependency policy, etc.)  implemented during his term;
  • Supplemental budget that will substantially address critical shortages in basic education and augment funding for state universities and colleges;
  • Seek justice for teachers victimized by extrajudicial killings perpetrated during the Arroyo administration. These include the killings of ACT leaders Napoleon Pornasdoro and Vitoria Samonte; college professor and human rights activist Jose Maria Cui; and the young teacher Rebelyn Pitao.

 

“These bold steps need to be taken by the incoming President if we are to make any headway in resolving the crisis in education,” said Tinio. #

 

 

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