Teachers march to Congress and tell legislators:
Rechannel pork barrel funds to education and social services!


Batasan Pambansa


September 9,  2013

A poem by Joi Barrios-Leblanc





Photos by ACT Teachers  Partylist


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 services.

Setyembre 9, 2013/ Batasang Pambansa
Press Statement9 September 2013


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 facilities.”

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 political patronage.”

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 people.”

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)


ACT Chairperson Benjie Valbuena
ACT Secretaru Gemera; Framce Castro

ACT Teachers partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio


No wage hike for govt workers in proposed 2014 budget
[ 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 others.

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


Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/68127/no-wage-hike-for-govt-workers-in-proposed-2014-budget





Notes on the representative of the ACT Teachers Partylist
Representative-elect, ACT Teachers Party-List
National Chairperson, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), 2002-present

Antonio L. Tinio was born in Quezon City, Philippines, in 1970. He graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a B.A. in Comparative Literature magna cum laude. He is a teacher by profession. From 1991 to 1995, he taught as an Instructor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He has also taught as a Lecturer at the Departmento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas at the same university.

Tinio was a founding member of Congress of Teachers and Educatiors for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND). Formed in 1994, CONTEND is a national organization of teachers committed to the struggle for genuine sovereignty and democracy in the Philippines. He became the National Campaign Coordinator of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers in 1998 and was elected its National Chairperson in 2002.

As ACT chairperson, Tinio serves as spokesperson for the organization’s numerous advocacies, including the rights and welfare of teachers and education workers and the struggle to uphold the people’s right to quality public education. Tinio is at the forefront of ACT’s campaigns, including the recent nationwide campaign to raise the salaries of teachers by P9,000; campaign against onerous policies of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS); and to increase government budget for education. He is also active in promoting respect for human and trade union rights in the education sector.

Tinio has likewise been an advocate of teachers’ issues at the international level. He has represented ACT at the Education International World Congress in Berlin in 2007 and the Education International Asia-Pacific Conference in Bangkok in 2009; organized an international academic conference on the impact of neoliberal globalization on education in Taipei in 2009; and went on a cross-country speaking tour of Canada in 2009 to raise awareness about the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Tinio is a founding member of ACT TEACHERS Party-List. As its National President, Tinio has likewise been active in promoting its advocacies, including the upgrading of teachers’ salaries, the refund of illegal deductions made by GSIS, and the protection of the right of suffrage of public school teachers serving as election inspectors in the May elections. #