[Press Release] TDC welcomes “Ka Liling” to DEPED

Teachers welcome “Ka Liling” to DEPED

TDCThe Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) today welcomes Dr. Leonor Magtolis-Briones to the Departnement of Education as she start her first day as secretary of the country’s biggest bureaucracy.

Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson said “it is our great pleasure to welcome Ka Liling to the DepEd family. We consider this as another milestone that signals the meaningful reforms not just for the DepEd as an organization but for the entire education sector, as well.”

He added “having her as our secretary would be considered as a proof of the new administration’s sincerity to bring about change in our nation.”

Briones is known as Ka Liling in the civil society where she came from and respected as a veteran anti-debt activist and an advocate of sound fiscal policies and social justice and as leader of Freedom from Debt Coalition and Social Watch-philippines.

Some of TDC’s officers along with the Education Network-Philippines leaders are invited to witness the turn-over ceremonies at DepEd Central Office today.

The group has requested a meeting with the secretary and proposes the following 10-point agenda:
1.      Full implementation of the welfare provisions of the vintage Magna Carta for public school teachers including overtime pay, special hardship allowance, study leave, medical benefits and step progression, among others.
2.      K-12 related problems like senior high school implementation, instructional materials both for junior and senior high school
3.      Clear-cut policy on teachers’ working hours
4.      Release of assistance to Yolanda-affected teachers
5.      Change in curriculum especially in Araling Panlipunan subjects
6.      Strengthening of cultural education which should not be limited to Indigenous Peoples Education program (IPED)
7.      Reduction of teachers’ clerical tasks so they may focus on the improvement of their teaching
8.      Review of the DepEd Child Protection Policy
9.      Improvement of merit and promotion system in the DepEd
10.  Increase in salaries and improvement of benefits of teachers

The TDC vowed to support the new DepEd leadership.

“As in the past, we are open to engagement with the new DepEd secretary but will still continue our criticism and proactive stance in matters that necessitate our views.” Basas ended.

For details: Benjo Basas, 0927-3356375

July 4, 2016

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