[Statement] Stop the Unmitigated Public Fund Hemorrhage ! | ASSERT
Stop the Unmitigated Public Fund Hemorrhage !
Restore our Hard-earned Taxpayers’ Contributions to their Originally Intended
People Beneficiaries !
So summarize the calls of our teacher representatives from the Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (assert) for the judicious use of scarce public resources who troop to the Department of Education at ULTRA Pasig today, October 27 to present to Secretary Leonor Briones the 1446 first batch of public school teachers who either tested positive and/or died of COVID from March16, 2020 when Proclamation 929 placed the entire Luzon and parts of Visayas and Mindanao under state of calamity due to the pandemic.
The initial list is part of the long unreported and uncompensated number of DepED field personnel that the secretary asked the group to submit to her office after the latter had reported the alarming cases of the viral infection hiting the public education sector the last 19 months in last Octobet 11 virtual dialogue.
As we continue to adhere to our education department’s “No child left behind” policy, we also raise our lingering concerns over our government’s long criminal neglect, if not total abandonment, of its more than 900,000 public school teachers and education support personnel who daily bear the brunt of the new education normal. We are specifically referring to the 364,824 Luzon public education frontline workers who have long been exposed to various forms of hardship and hazards in disaster areas ravaged by typhoons, massive floodings, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, epidemic outbreaks, armed conflicts, other natural and man-made calamities but whose already budgeted Magna Carta benefits continue to be denied them thru clever manipulations and simple bureaucratic inaction.
Not only were supposedly specific personnel allocations tucked- in in lump sum appropriations called miscellaneous personnel benefit fund (MPBF) and unprogrammed appropriations in the annual GAA. Their unbundlement has been unduly frustrated by agency officials’ deliberate non- performance of their reportorial duties,thus, giving rise to agency underspending.
Let it be made clear that we are not asking for more in terms of budgetary allocations. We are only asking for the immediate release and prompt payment of what have long been due us by operation of law, our Magna Carta and our yearly GAA.
Date: October 27, 2021
From: The Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (ASSERT)
Contact Person: Fidel H. Fababier, Secretary General
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