Martsa ng mga guro para sa Dagdag na Bayet sa
Edukasyon, pagtaas ng Sahod ng mga Guro at Kawani, Abolish Pork Barrel
system, Rechannel Pork Barrel Funds to Education and other social
Setyembre 9, 2013/ Batasang Pambansa
Press Statement9 September 2013
RECHANNEL PORK BARREL FUNDS TO EDUCATION AND OTHER
THE Alliance of Concerned
Teachers (ACT) marched today to the House of Representatives, demanding
the rechanneling of pork barrel funds to education and other social
services. ACT calls for the total abolition of the pork barrel system.
“A big amount of the people’s money goes to corruption,” said Benjie
Valbuena, ACT National Chairperson. “This is clearly manifested in the
recent pork barrel scam involving Janet Lim Napoles, her fake NGOs, with
some senators, congressmen and heads of government agencies. Malacañang is
also a party to this anomaly.”
Valbuena stressed that, “The pork barrel of lawmakers, and even of the
President, should have been used to provide the much-needed funds for the
shortages in the education sector – more teachers; additional classrooms,
textbooks and instructional material, chairs; and water and sanitation
He also added that these funds may also cover the increase in salaries,
demanded by the teachers and government employees. ACT demands that both
the presidential and congressional pork barrel must be abolished.
“Noynoy Aquino should stop pretending,” France Castro, ACT Secretary
General said. “The president pretends to abolish the congressional pork
barrel up to 2014, merely proposing a different name for it, and under an
itemized system of budgeting under his tighter control. Still, however
Aquino calls the pork barrel system, it is still a rotten scheme of
Castro added that, since the pork barrel issue was raised, Aquino pretends
abolishing the congressional pork barrel, while still trying to keep his
presidential pork barrel intact. “Noynoy Aquino is defending his far
bigger pork allocation but this, too, should be abolished and channeled
towards providing for education and genuine social services to the
ACT pledges to actively participate in the campaign for the total
abolition of the pork barrel system, and for the rechanneling of pork
barrel funds to education and other social services. ACT will join the
multi-sectoral anti-pork barrel mobilization on September 13 in Luneta.
Mr. Benjie Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (09162294515)
Ms. France Castro, ACT Secretary General (09204166441)
No wage hike for govt workers in proposed 2014
[ 8 Aug 2013 |
MANILA, Philippines — The proposed P2.268-trillion 2014 national budget
has no provision to increase the salaries of government employees because
this would “entail huge money.”
Nevertheless, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the government would
still study the impact of a pay raise to the country’s coffers.
“Provisions for increases in salary of government workers are not
provided. We need to assess, study what has been the impact (of wage
hikes) and determine if another round is needed because it would entail
huge money,” Abad told lawmakers Wednesday at the start of the budget
hearing at the House of Representatives.
Responding to questions from ACT Teachers party-list Representative
Antonio Tinio, Abad said personnel services, which include state
employees’ salary, already constitute a huge chunk of the budget.
Pressing his point, Tinio pointed to a study by the National Economic
Development Authority on the impact of the Salary Standardization Law,
which found it good for the economy because it lowered unemployment,
generated new jobs and increased the consumption power of people, among
Earlier, Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. proposed the
enactment of the “Salary Standardization Law IV” to allow the government
to project and determine future wage increases.
Andaya said the study can be done by the House appropriations committee,
which can look into the “forward estimate of government finances in the
next three to five years, so we will be able to know if there is a budget
space for future salary adjustments.”
The first version of the SSL was enacted in 1989, the second in 1994, and
SSL III in 2009.
The fourth and the last installment of SSL III was given to government
employees in 2012.
This year will be the first year since 2006 that state employees will not
get any pay hike.
In 2006, state workers were granted a P1,000 across-the-board wage
increase, followed by a 10-percent increase in 2007 and 2008, before the
four-installment SSL III took effect on July 2009.
The Department of Budget and Management estimated in 2008 that the full
implementation of SSL III would cost P128 billion a year, Andaya said