Alliance of Concerned Teachers padlocks
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Members and National Leaders of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers today trooped and padlocked the gates of the Department of Budget and Management Central Office to show their rage on the alleged involvement of Secretary Abad in the Pork Barrel Scam and its opposition to the demands of the public school teachers for salary increase and higher budget for the education sector.

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ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com
Mobile: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (+63 916 -229 4515)
Ms. Francisca Castro, ACT Secretary-general (+63 917-8502124)

PRESS STATEMENT
May 19, 2014

For Reference: Benjie Valbuena
National President
Alliance of Concerned Teachers
09162294515

Teachers to DBM and BS Aquino: No excuses, include salary increase in the 2015 budget!

Manila, Philippines – Members and National Leaders of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers today trooped and padlocked the gates of the Department of Budget and Management Central Office to show their rage on the alleged involvement of Secretary Abad in the Pork Barrel Scam and its opposition to the demands of the public school teachers for salary increase and higher budget for the education sector.

“We are appalled with the pronouncements of DBM Secretary Butch Abad and President Aquino that the increases in our salary will cause budget deficit for the government while millions of funds were just used for anomalous and corrupt projects. It further angers us to know that the DBM secretary himself is involved and is one of the beneficiaries of such projects. Kaya pala walang pondo para sa edukasyon at sa pagtaas ng sahod namin kasi naubos na nila para sa kanilang pangungurakot,” said Mr. Benjie Valbuena, ACT National President.

Recently, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair, Senator Teofisto Guingona released the so-called “Napolist” which includes the name of Secretary Butch Abad. The “Napolist” is the list of politicians and government officials involved in the Pork Barrel Scam prepared by Ms. Janet Lim Napoles.

“If PNoy is the Pork Barrel King, Secretary Abad is the Pork Architect. Being the one in-charge for disbursement of public funds, it is his (Abad) responsibility to look into the proper and correct use of public funds. Of course, how will he do that if he himself is also involved in the malversation and corruption of the public funds? Aside from being involved, we believe that he (together with Mrs. Napoles and PNoy) is one of the masterminds of this demonic and systematic stealing of public funds.

Even though the Supreme Court already ruled out that lump sum allocations are illegal, Secretary Abad through the orders from the Pork Barrel King, immediately devised a mechanism wherein the system can be continued. Worst, it all went under the control of the Pork Barrel King. Kung dati, direktang inilalaan ito sa mga mambabatas, ngayon ay nasa kontrol na ito ni PNoy at siya na ang magpapasya kung sino ang kanyang bibigyan. Nagpapatuloy ang patronage politics sa bansa dahil dito. Instead of fully disbursing the funds to the needy sectors of the society, this government simply looked for ways how to go away with the ruling of the Supreme Court,” lamented Mr. Valbuena.

“The money wasted on the pork barrel scam is the main proof that the government is in the position to increase teachers’ salaries. As mandated by law and by our Constitution, teachers are entitled to decent and living wage. P18,549/month does not in any way adhere to this. It is therefore legitimate and justified to padlock and close this department (DBM) as long as it continues to be deaf and blind to the needs of the Filipino people which include us (teachers). Lumalabas na ang tunay na kulay at ibig sabihin ng sinasabing tuwid na daan ni Aquino at ng kanyang mga alipores gaya ni Abad. At ito ay hindi para sa karaniwang tao – ito ay nakakamatay na pamahalaan!” ended Mr. Valbuena.

 

Padlocking the DBM
     
           
     
     
     

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PRESS STATEMENT
May 19, 2014

Stop militarizing schools! Schools are zones of peace not war!

Teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers are not happy with the deployment of a battalion of the Philippine Army in the Brigada Eskwela. Again, these soldiers are coming to selected schools in Metro Manila as a desperate move to facelift their image as pro-people.

“We reiterate that schools are zones of peace. The military personnel are not welcomed in our schools. Their propaganda stunt to join the Brigada Eskwela is an affront to cover –up their various human rights violations especially during BS Aquino’s term. Like their Commander-in-Chief, no amount of deodorant can neutralize their attacks against the people who are fighting for their basic rights and welfare, Ms.France Castro, Secretary-general of ACT and Convener of ACT for Peace said.

This only shows the gross inutility of the civilian government of BS Aquino to solve the education-related shortage crisis. Using the military to address civilian problems further compounds the problem. As the fed up public school teachers are gearing-up for protests and mass leave for BS Aquino’s inability to solve the chronic education crisis and indifference to the call to increase salaries of teachers, they are trying to terrorize us with their continued presence in our schools.

“But we will not be cowed”, Ms. France Castro said. The teachers’ demands to end the chronic crisis in education is just. To address this crisis, the GPH and NDFP must resume talks to discuss and come up with positive measures to relieve the burden of the people not only on matters on education but other aspects of our society’s socio-economic problems.

“The quest for a just and lasting peace is desired by ACT for Peace and the majority of the Filipino people. The GPH and NDFP should resume talks and persist until substantial agreements that will uphold the basic rights and improve the quality of lives of the Filipino people are achieved”, Ms.France Castro said.

 

     
           
     
     

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ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com
Mobile: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (+63 916 -229 4515)
Ms. Francisca Castro, ACT Secretary-general (+63 917-8502124)

PRESS STATEMENT
May 9, 2014

For Reference: Vladimir Quetua
Deputy Secretary – General
Alliance of Concerned Teachers

Louie Zabala
President, Manila Public School Teachers Association

A nationwide campaign for mass leave of teachers will be launched to push the evil scrooge to give salary hikes to teachers and non-teaching staff - ACT

Manila, Philippines – The public school teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers trooped Gate 7 of Malacañan Palace to show their discontent over the pronouncement of President Aquino that there will be no salary increase for public school teachers and government employees for this year citing that this will cause further budget deficit for the government.

“The Philippine Constitution’s Article XIV, Section 5 clearly states the government must allot the highest budgetary allocation to education and that salaries for the teachers must give “satisfaction and fulfillment” to them. Also, Magna Carta for Public School Teachers which particularly mandated that teachers’ salary must be able to provide reasonable standard of life for themselves and their families. The current pay scheme of government fails to fulfill these criteria. Salaries of public school teachers do not compare favorably with other occupation in government. A duly licensed professional teacher earns P18,549 a month, substantially less than a high school graduate who enters the Philippine Military Academy as a cadet who has a monthly salary of P21,709 per month,” said Louie Zabala, Manila Public School Teachers Association President.

The salaries of public school teachers are currently unable to “ensure a reasonable standard of life for themselves and their families.” According to the study of IBON Foundation, the Family Living Wage (FLW) in the National Capital Region, estimated at P1, 054 per day or more than P31, 620 per month, which means that many teachers resort to borrowing from government financial institutions such as the Government Service Insurance System, private lending institutions, or loan sharks in order to cope with this “living salary gap.”

“We are aghast with his (PNoy) statement that there is no budget to cover the increase knowing that a lot of government money was just used for ghost, anomalous and corrupt projects through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Presidential Social Fund (PSF) and other lump sum allocations. For the Fiscal Year 2014 alone, around 1.1 trillion pesos is allotted under pork barrel under the control of the Pork Barrel King BS Aquino. For nationally-paid teachers, the DBM needs around 3.2 billion pesos only every year to cover the proposed pay increase based on the premise that around 75% of the teaching force are Teacher I. Clearly, there is reason for this just and humane demand and we press for the immediate passing of HB 245 proposed by ACT Teachers Party-list which aims to raise the entry level pay of public school teachers to P25,000 from P18,549 per and of the non-teaching staff’s from P9,000 to P15,000 per month,” added Mr. Vladimir Quetua, Deputy Secretary-General of Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

While he (PNoy) is squeezing us to death in the form of low salary, higher taxes and skyrocketing increases in the prices of basic commodities and services, he is also hell-bent acting as deaf towards our demands for an increase in our salary. Further, he is giving “unlimited” economic and political favors to his foreign masters headed by the United States. If he continue to be deaf and blind, we don’t have any choice but to launch massive campaign in the streets which will include mass leaves during the class opening next month,” concluded Mr. Quetua.

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com
Mobile: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (+63 916 -229 4515)
Ms. Francisca Castro, ACT Secretary-general (+63 917-8502124)

Press Statement
May 15, 2014

Do no use teachers to legitimize tuition fee increases – ACT

The nationwide alliance of teachers, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, denounces the recently approved tuition fee increase for school year 2014-2015. The Department of Education recently approved the application for tuition increase of 172 private elementary and secondary schools in Metro Manila and 11 other schools in Eastern Visayas. The application of 353 Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEIs) on the other hand is still pending for approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“This (increase) is unjustified and is too much for the parents to bear with. With the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities and services in the country, increasing the cost of education will just make it more difficult for us to make both ends meet. The situation is doubly difficult for Eastern Visayas knowing that they are yet to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda and inutility of the Aquino government to respond to their needs,” said Ms. France Castro, Secretary – General of Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

“We are insulted that the Department of Education is using salary increase for teachers as the main reason for the increase in tuition fees. In reality, the salary of private school teachers in the country does not increase that much as compared to the increase in the profits of school owners. Did they (DepEd) conduct an audit and verification of the schools’ financial reports?” lamented Ms. Castro.

The people of Eastern Visayas are in dire need of assistance and not additional burdens to deal with.
The leaders of Department of Education echo their boss (PNoy) insensitivity to the flight of the Filipino people.” Hirap na hirap na nga kami sa paghahanap ng makakain, magtataas pa ng matrikula. Walang awa ang pamahalaang ito!” said Dr. Efleda Bautista, ACT Regional Coordinator in Eastern Visayas.

 

     
           
     
     
     
     
 
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ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com
Mobile: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (+63 916 -229 4515)
Ms. Francisca Castro, ACT Secretary-general (+63 917-8502124)

PRESS RELEASE
May 6, 2014


PNoy is an evil scrooge, squeezing teachers and employees to death

Manila, Philippines – The public school teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers met with rage the pronouncement of President Aquino that there will be no salary increase for public school teachers and government employees for this year citing that this will cause further budget deficit for the government.

“The Philippine Constitution’s Article XIV, Section 5 clearly states the government must allot the highest budgetary allocation to education and that salaries for the teachers must give “satisfaction and fulfillment” to them. Also, Magna Carta for Public School Teachers which particularly mandated that teachers’ salary must be able to provide reasonable standard of life for themselves and their families. The current pay scheme of government fails to fulfill these criteria. Salaries of public school teachers do not compare favorably with other occupation in government. A duly licensed professional teacher earns P18,549 a month, substantially less than a high school graduate who enters the Philippine Military Academy as a cadet who has a monthly salary of P21,709 per month,” said Ms. France Castro, Secretary-General of Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

The salaries of public school teachers are currently unable to “ensure a reasonable standard of life for themselves and their families.” According to the study of IBON Foundation, the Family Living Wage (FLW) in the National Capital Region, estimated at P1, 054 per day or more than P31, 620 per month, which means that many teachers resort to borrowing from government financial institutions such as the Government Service Insurance System, private lending institutions, or loan sharks in order to cope with this “living salary gap.”

“We are aghast with his (PNoy) statement that there is no budget to cover the increase knowing that a lot of government money was just used for ghost, anomalous and corrupt projects through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Presidential Social Fund (PSF) and other lump sum allocations. For the Fiscal Year 2014 alone, around 1.1 trillion pesos is allotted under pork barrel under the control of the Pork Barrel King BS Aquino. For nationally-paid teachers, the DBM needs around 3.2 billion pesos only every year to cover the proposed pay increase based on the premise that around 75% of the teaching force are Teacher I.

While he (PNoy) is squeezing us to death in the form of low salary, higher taxes and skyrocketing increases in the prices of basic commodities and services, he is also hell-bent acting as deaf towards our demands for an increase in our salary. Further, he is giving “unlimited” economic and political favors to his foreign masters headed by the United States,” concluded Ms. Castro

 

     
           
     
     
     
           
           
           

 

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