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[Press Release] ATING GURO to file Nomination for Partylist Elections

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ATING GURO to file Nomination for Partylist Elections

Teachers’ group ATING GURO Partylist will file its certificate of nomination as well as the individual CONA of its nominees today, October 7.

This despite the Comelec’s initial denial of their petition for accreditation to allow them to participate in next year’s partylist elections. On June 25, the Comelec Second Division dismissed the instant petition filed by the party for two grounds, first that the petition signed by the party’s Public Information Officer (PIO) designated by the party’s governing board as certified by its Chairperson and Secretary-General. And that the party failed to prove that majority of its members belong to the sector it wishes to represent- teachers, active and retired, public and private and their dependents.

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[Press Release] Groups welcome assistance to private school teachers under second Bayanihan law -Ating Guro

Groups welcome assistance to private school teachers under second Bayanihan law

The sectoral group Ating Guro Partylist expressed their support to legislators for including private school teachers to the recipients of government financial help under SB 1564 or the “Bayanihan to Recover As One Act.”

“This bill would rectify the errors committed against private school employees because while there was no exemption to teachers and academic workers in private schools from getting assistance packages, most of them were not given any cash aid either by DOLE or DSWD. Unfortunately, most of our private schools do not have the capacity to subsidize the salaries of their teachers since they are dependent to tuition and other fees from their clients,” said Juanito Dona, Jr., a grade school teacher from St. Scholastica’s College and the group’s secretary-general. “And while our public school counterparts are continuously receiving salaries during the community quarantine months, our brothers and sisters in private schools, who comprise the other half of the country’s education workforce were seemingly left behind.” He added.

Dona underscored the fact that while the DepEd and Malacanang have finally decided to re-open classes by August 24, the fate of hundreds of thousands of private school employees who employed under ‘no work, no pay’ scheme “is still hanging and that uncertainty causes anxiety and serious concerns among them.”

According to Dona, there are initial 119, 819 private school teachers affected by the pandemic citing data from a survey conducted by the Federation of Associations of Private Schools Administrators (FAPSA) and those are. The figure, he added is just a part of an estimated 263, 000 teachers and employees hired by private schools.

For its part, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said it also welcomed this move of the legislature and hoped that all the affected personnel would receive the “needed help during this critical and trying times.”

However, according to Benjo Basas, TDC’s Chairperson, “this crisis has exposed the evil scheme used in hiring teachers as well as their conditions. The practice of contractualization is rampant in schools run by private businesses. Teachers do not enjoy the right to job security and the right to self-organization. In some cases, even the minimum wage policy has not complied.” Basas added that in some particular cases, teachers in private schools were hired through a third party like an employment agency.

“While we appreciate the contributions of private educational institutions to the education sector, we urge the school owners to religiously observe the standards set by law and treat their teachers with dignity,” Basas exclaimed.

Under the proposed law, private school teachers and personnel will receive cash assistance amounting to P5, 000 to P8, 000 depending on the prevailing minimum wage in their respective regions.

“We welcome this one-time assistance but we urge Congress to enact a specific law that would ensure the protection of rights and welfare of our teachers and workers in the private education system,” Dona added.

For details:
JR Dona, Ating Guro Secretary-General
0965-5470700

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[Press Release] Teachers’ protest welcomes school year -TDC

Teachers’ protest to welcome school year

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). Photo by Arnel Tuazon

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). Photo by Arnel Tuazon

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Ating Guro Partylist staged a protest in Welcome Rotonda that featured lighting of candles, a noise barrage and poetry and street theater performances to bring their messages to the government.

TDC

“Education sector gets the highest attention every school opening, however, the plight of the teachers remains almost unnoticed.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson and a Caloocan City teacher himself.

Basas said that while the government has been consistently claims its preparedness for another school opening even for the K-12 implementation, it continuously ignores the just demand of public school teachers for the enactment of a P10, 000 across-the-board increase in their salaries.

“The spirit of this proposal has been crafted since 1991, no president since the time of President Corazon Aquino has acted to put it into law.” Basas added. “Worse, since President Noynoy Aquino took over as the country’s chief executive in 2010, there is no salary increase initiative from his administration. The adjustments in our salaries in 2011 and 2012 were actually provided under the salary standardization law 3 that was enacted in 2009, during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.” He continued.

Basas also asked the government to clarify its earlier pronouncement that it would provide an incentive equivalent to one month salary this June, the executive order however says that it would either be at P5000 or equivalent to one month salary.

Apart from these welfare issues the groups also reiterated the calls for suspension of the K-12 program and challenge the government to resolve urgent matters in education first. Also in the protest are members of the Suspend K-12 Coalition. The protest started at 5:30PM in Welcome Rotonda, aside from candle lighting and noise barrage, the teachers also presented songs, poems and skit to bring the message to the government and the general public.

Basas said that while they have grievances, they will ensure that the first day of classes would be attended by the teachers. Thus, they have scheduled the protest in a latter part of the day, just in time that classes are already dismissed in most schools.

“Teachers are as excited as the students in this season and we will make sure that we will meet them…” Basas ended.

For details:
Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241\
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May 31, 2015

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[Press Release] Teachers slam governments’ tricks without treat -TDC

Teachers slam governments’ tricks without treat

Members of the groups Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Ating Guro Partylist staged another kind of protest, this time in front of La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan City this morning.

TDC

Dubbed as Trick No Treat, teachers wearing black and white, gathered at the main entrance of the cemetery to highlight the insensitivity of the government specifically the DBM and Malacanang on their just demand for a P10, 000 across the board salary increase.

“Year 2015 would be the 3rd year without salary adjustment. The latest increase of P1,450.00 in our salary took effect in 2012, but that was under the mandate of the salary law enacted in 2009.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson and a teacher from Caloocan City.

Basas stressed that the Aquino administration did not initiate a salary adjustment for teachers and other state workers.

“Malacanang and DBM introduced the performance-based bonus (RPMS) and result—based performance management system (RPMS)- these are tricks to further exploit the already burdened teachers.” Basas added.

Teachers will give out candies and coins to bystanders and children in the area in time for the celebration of All Souls Day or the traditional Undas and to symbolize teachers’ sacrifices for the children and he nation.

The teachers said that the proposals in Congress were again ignored by Malacanang and DBM when the lower house approved the 2015 budget that does not reflect allocation for salary increase.

Sa Araw ng mga Patay, pinatay din nina Sec. Abad at Pangulong Aquino ang pag-asa para sa umento sa aming suweldo sa susunod na taon.” Basas ended.

For details:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-5740241

Telefax (02)4446564 • Hotline: 0949-7444499 • Mobile: 0920-5740241
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

NEWS RELEASE
October 31, 2014

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[From the web] Project PAG-ARAM

Project PAG-ARAM

Project PAG-ARAM

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) in coordination with other groups namely Bulig Visayas, Teachers Cooperative of Valenzuela City, Penson and Company, Inc. (P&CI) and Ating Guro Partylist has initiated the Project PAG-ARAM, An initiative to raise school supplies for children and materials for teachers in Yolanda-affected areas. The main objective of the project is to provide the school needs of students and teachers in typhoon Yolanda-affected areas of Eastern Visayas, Northern Cebu, Northern Panay and Northern Palawan. The project aims to collect as many donations as possible from schools, students, teachers, parents, individuals and organizations through the following schemes.

Needed donations. Notebooks, papers, pens, art and coloring materials, school uniforms, shoes or slippers, school bags, underwear for children. Chalk, eraser, Manila paper, cartolina, pentel pens or markers, lesson plan, record book, plywood and paint for improvised blackboard and other materials for teachers.

Adopt-a-School scheme. Schools and organizations may participate in our Adopt-a-School program by providing a recipient school in the disaster area with all the supplies and materials needed by teachers and students (for this particular donation, we will be providing the list of schools with all the details as well as the contact persons).

How to donate? Donations may be sent to our office or in any drop-off points. Schools and offices will be designated to be the drop-off points in a division or districts or cluster of municipalities. For those who wish to help in the form of cash, donations may also be deposited to bank account Teachers Cooperative of Valenzuela City, Account # 003850110952 BDO Karuhatan Branch, Valenzuela City (kindly inform Ms. Fely Matus, Treasurer at 09064078384)

The donations within the first week of January will be distributed to some schools in Leyte on January 15 to coincide with the launching of the project and the opening of classes. However, all other donations will be accepted until May 30, 2014 or before the start of school year 2014-2015.

Donors from NCR and the rest of Luzon may call our project coordinators Ms. Olive De Guzman at 0917-8167130 and Ms. Marilou Felipe at 0908-8723343. Those from Visayas and Mindanao may also send their donations to Sto. SPED Center, cor. Sto. Nino and T. Claudio Sts., Tacloban City or communicate with TDC leaders in Leyte, Ms. Cristy Diomaro-Gallano at 0939-9198894 or Ms. Mae Novilla at 0919-3584585.

For other details, interested parties may contact our hotline numbers, 3853437, 4350036, 0923-8643887 and 0998-9842737 or visit FB Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teachers-Dignity-Coalition-TDC (to link you to Project PAG-ARAM). Initial drop-off points are the TDC and Ating guro Partylist respective offices, 117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City and Door E 4012-A Corner Diam St., Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City

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