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[Statement] Teachers deserve a salary with dignity -TDC

Statement of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)
for the Senate Hearing on Salary Increase Proposals 
September 10, 2019

We are present here today to ask for the collective wisdom of the Senate as regards to our request for compensation and benefits for public school teachers and DepEd employees on top of the generic Salary Standardization Law (SSL). This advocacy reflects in several forms in this Chamber. And while we recognize all the bills that seek to augment the salaries of our public school teachers and government employees, we would like to particularly mention Senate Bill Number (SBN) 37 of Hon. Francis Pangilinan; SBN 70 of Hon. Pia Cayetano; SBN 104 of Hon. Juan Miguel Zubiri; and SBN 466 of Hon. Ralph Recto. These bills seek to provide for a P10, 000 additional compensation to all teachers and non-teaching personnel in basic education system, among other benefits. We fondly call it the “P10, 000 across-the-board bill.”

This proposal is the reference of the interviews and reactions from Education and Budget departments. This is also the basis of the promise made by then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when he became an official candidate for president with running mate former Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the principal sponsor of the bill in 16th, 17th and 18th Congress.

Since year 2006 when the TDC was formed, we have consistently lobbied for the enactment of the Salary Upgrading Bill which has become a perennial proposal in both houses of Congress for more than two decades. The salary upgrading bill seeks to raise the entry-level position of public school teachers under the Salary Standardization Law-1 (RA 6758) from Salary Grade (SG) 10 to a higher status, some proponents put it to as high as SG 21. The Salary Upgrading Proposal is consistent with the findings and recommendations of the 1991 joint report of education committees of both houses. However, fear of wage distortion and disparity- because the entry-level position of teachers might become higher than other positions like government physicians, lawyers or even college professors prevented the bill from enactment.

We have achieved a breakthrough in year 2008, when the Senate Committees on Education, Finance and Government Service took a decisive step to tackle several versions of said bill filed before the chamber. The majority of senators approved a consolidated version, the Senate Bill 2408 or An Act Providing for Additional Support and Compensation for Educators in Basic Education. The bill seeks to augment the teachers’ salaries by providing for a P9, 000 additional compensation to be divided in three tranches, A Magna Carta Bonus in recognition of the long-forgotten law, medical allowance and remuneration from the local government units (LGUs) among other benefits. The bill eventually gained support in the lower house, several versions were filed.

On September 29, 2008, the TDC led more than 5, 000 teachers to the House of Representatives to press for the passage of the bill. We also submitted to the then House Speaker Prospero Nograles copies of the petition signed by more than 100, 000 teachers as well as resolutions from local legislative bodies in support of the bill.

That September 29 mobilization was the biggest in the recent history of teachers’ movement and a proof that the government failed to address the economic needs of its teachers. Mass actions and protests continued until early June 2009, however, Congress on June 17, 2009 or more than ten years ago, approved the Joint Resolution No. 4 or the Salary Standardization Law-3 (SSL-3). While we are thankful and appreciative for the law which provided a salary increase not just for teachers but for all the government employees from period 2009 to 2012, it is unfortunate that this law does not rectify the errors of SSL-1 of 1989, particularly the supposed improvement on the status of teachers under the new salary scale. The SSL-3, in fact have perpetuated the poor status of our teachers and pegged the entry-level position of teachers in SG 11, a notch higher than the SSL-1 the lowest among the government professionals.

Until this very moment, the current administration, has not initiated any legislated salary increase for teachers and civilian employees of the government. What it gave us is meager salary adjustments of a little higher than P500.00 based on the extended SSL thru EO 201 signed by former president Aquino. President Duterte however declared that a new SSL is on its way, we won’t oppose, in fact we will acknowledge such move for it proves that the government recognizes the need for salary increase for all the state workers. But we will still remind him of his promise to teachers, and the promise is not just this SSL.

The four abovementioned bills and six (6) other bills for salary upgrading that have been submitted in the Senate are indications that our good senators want substantial salary increase for our teachers, beyond this SSL. If the 18th Congress will base the salary increase of our teachers in an obsolete law that is SSL, it would be a party for the perpetuation of the scheme which is unjust and discriminatory.

We appeal to the honorable members of this Chamber to consider the P10, 000 across-the-board increase which is lower than what the government granted to the uniformed personnel last year. If the government was able to raise the entry-level salaries of military and uniformed personnel by 100 percent, there is no reason to leave our teachers behind.

September 5 to October 5 is officially declared as National Teachers’ Month (NTM) in the Philippines, the whole month is dedicated to celebrate the heroism, selflessness and sacrifices of our teachers. We have had enough of praises, plaques and flowers. Discounted books, fares, buffets, rides and yes, even funeral services are appreciated. But teachers deserve more. We deserve our dignity.

Reference:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0927-3356375

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[Right-Up] Hindi guro ang kontrabida sa kwentong kubeta -ni Jenny Linares

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Sa mga kalihim ng gabinete ni Duterte, si DepEd Secretary Tililing este Liling Briones ay pangalawa sa pinakamataas ang sweldo. Umaabot sa mahigit Php 329, 000 kada buwan. Ano ang karapatan ng isang kalihim na sumusweldo ng ganito kalaki na pagsalitaan ang mga guro-manggagawa na “huwag kayong puro pera!” Nakikilala ba niya ang mga gurong iniinsulto niya, o sadyang hindi niya alam na ang guro sa Pilipinas ay mas madalas na walang pera? Ito ba ang pamunuang kailangan natin?

Ang kailangan sana ng bayan ay mga tunay na nagseserbisyo para sa bayan–sa pamamagitan ng mahusay na paglilingkod sa kanilang pinamumunuan. Subalit katulad ng mga namuno at namumuno sa ChEd, kabaliktaran si Briones ng ating kailangan. Mababa ang pagtingin niya sa pinamumunuang opisina, hindi niya naiintindihan ang suliranin ng mga guro. Para sa kanya, drama lamang ang mga tunay na karanasan ng mga guro sa araw-araw. Para sa kanya, katulad ng ChEd na pumapatay sa sariling wika, katanggap-tanggap at dapat lunukin ang sistemang pang-edukasyon na sobrang neoliberal. Halos gawing alipin ang kabataan. Halos patayin ang identidad, makasabay lamang sa anti-Filipinong sistema. Para sa kanya, hindi mahalaga na mababa ang sweldo ng mayorya sa ating mga guro at hirap ang kalagayan sa labis na trabaho, paano nga naman siya maaapektuhan nito gayong napakalaki ng kanyang sweldo? Para sa kanya, drama lamang ang mga tunay na karaingan ng mga guro at alam nating marami pang problema bago pa man bumulwak ang mabahong eskandalo ng paggamit sa kubeta bilang faculty room. Tayo ang nakakaalam ng hirap ng kapwa mga guro. Tayong mga nagugutom ngunit di pinapahalata. Tayong mga abonado upang mapunuan ang mga kailangan sa paaralan. Tayong naranasang humawak ng mahigit limampung mag-aaral sa isang klase, at maglakad sa makitid na espasyo sa siksikang klasrum. Tayong palaging nag-aadjust dahil kulang ang libro, ang teachers’ guide, iba pang materyales, at pasilidad sa eskwela. Itong pagpapakadakila ng mga guro sa Bacoor ang nagtulak sa kanila na sa klasrum magfaculty room, at hindi lamang sila ang gumagawa nito sa buong bansa, sapagkat hindi nga ba parating ang una para sa mga guro ay ang espasyo at kapakanan ng mga mag-aaral? Prayoridad ang bata, ngunit dapat sana’y hindi pinababayaang makahayop ang kalagayan ng mga guro!

Paanong nagagawa ng ilang sektor ng lipunang ito na ang sisihin pa at gawing kontrabida sa sitwasyong nalantad ngayon ay ang mga guro? Sa lipunang ito, sadya bang ang masasama at kalaban ay ang mga manggagawa, ang mga magsasaka, ang mga guro?

Ang sabi ng punong guro ng Bacoor National High School ipinahiya ni Maricel Herrera ang DepEd. Ganitong-ganito ang tono ng diskurso sa lipunang ito na nagtatakip sa mga mali at pagkukulang ng mga lider: “Huwag kang aalma!Magtiis kayo sa hirap! Huwag sisihin ang namamahala! Manatili kayong bingi, pipi, bulag!” Hindi ba’t ang tunay na kahiya-hiya ay ang mga opisyal ng DepEd at iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno na ganito ang utak, na sa halip na makinig, magmalasakit, tumugon sa problema ay pinasasama pa ang mga biktimang sila mismo ang may responsibilidad at pagkukulang. Hindi naman raw mandato ng DepEd na bigyan ng faculty room ang mga guro dahil sila ay “dapat na magturo at hindi magpahinga sa faculty room”. Ano daw? Hindi na talaga tao ang turing sa mga guro kundi mga robot! Nabubuhay tayo sa lipunang hindi makatao, lipunan na ang sinusunod na mga patakaran ay puro pasakit at pahirap.

Sa ating mga naranasan ang magturo, alam natin na halos walang oras ng pahinga kahit may faculty room pa. Maraming gawain na kailangang gawin sa oras na hindi nagtuturo ang mga guro, mga kailangang ihanda, mga kailangang tsekan, mga bagay na mahirap iuwi sa bahay. Para sa DepEd Secretary na ito, drama lamang ang realidad na maraming guro sa bansa ang nagtsetsek ng papel sa kubeta. Kasing baho ng kubeta ang pagtrato ng lipunang ito sa mga guro.

Saludo sa paninindigan ni Maricel Herrera, na nagsiwalat ng bahong matagal nang kinikimkim ng marami. Dapat lahat ng guro ay maging tulad niya, upang umalingasaw ang katotohanan at mapanindigan ng mga guro ang mga karapatang dapat lamang para sa kanila. Hanggang hindi naisasaayos ang kalagayan ng mga guro at ng mga paaralan, hindi pwedeng mangarap na lumipad sa kalawakan ang gobyernong ito. Mananatiling mahina ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa habang nananatili ang sistema ng pang-aabuso sa mga guro. Ang lipunang hindi kayang tratuhin nang tama ang mga guro ng bayan ay hindi kailanman matuturuan nang tama ang kanyang mga kabataan. Sabagay, ayaw nga naman kasi ng administrasyong ito ang matuto pa ang susunod na henerasyon. Walang wika, walang sariling pag-iisip, walang tunay na pagkatuto at walang kaakuhan. Ito lamang ang mga kailangan nila tungo sa pagbuwag ng bayan at pagkamakabayan.

Sa lipunan natin ngayon, alalahanin natin na hindi ang mga guro-manggagawa ang kalaban, kung hindi yaong mga patuloy na pumapatay sa pagkakakilanlan at pagkatuto ng bayan.

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[Press Release] TDC to Briones: yes, teaching is not all about money, but teachers deserve a dignified salary

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

This was the answer of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) on the recent statement made by Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones as regards to their call for an increase in the salaries of public school teachers. Benjo Basas, the group’s national Chairperson said that they knew from the start that they will “never get rich by embracing the teaching profession and teachers do not want to earn millions from this job, otherwise, we will find another employment. This is about a decent salary that we so deserve as employees, public servants and most especially as teachers.”

Basas said that teachers were hurt when they heard such a statement from the Secretary, “as if we only want more money to our pockets. Let me reiterate that our demand for a salary increase is based not only on economics. Salaries manifest the value of a given profession and their role in society. Thus, if the teachers would only receive P20, 754 then that is their value, their price. I bet even the Secretary would agree that this is not commensurate to our roles and expected output to our profession. This is not about money indeed, this is about our dignity.”

Basas argued that there are international standards and even national policies that recommend for a better compensation package for public school teachers and the DepEd, being the shepherded of teachers in the Philippines should be in the frontlines to defend the correctness of the salary increase for them.

The TDC in 2015 challenged the presidential candidates to act on their demand for a P10, 000 across-the-board increase in their salaries, the then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate, former Senator Alan Cayetano made a promise to grant such should they win the 2016 elections, making it a campaign promise. Cayetano is the main author of said bill in the Senate during the 16th Congress. And while the government last year made the salaries of the lowest post in the military and uniformed personnel doubled, teachers told to wait even longer.

Basas also contested the secretary’s statement that increasing teachers’ salaries would also mean that the government would need to give additional pay to other government employees because the bill, according to him specifically provides that teachers will be given additional compensation over and above the mandate of salary standardization law, a generic law that mandates the salary scale of most of the government employees, including teachers. The scheme under the SSL was begun in 1989, during the time of President Corazon Aquino and with minor changes, has been the same scheme up to the present.

“We want to remind the secretary that the increase in our salaries under the current policy which is Executive Order No. 201 signed by President Aquino in 2016 only provided a total of P2, 205 for the entry-level position of teachers. Said amount was further divided into four or an amount of more than P500 added in our monthly pay every year up to the present.” Basas furthered.

The Secretary stressed that a 150 billion pesos needed for the initial increase for teachers would be a burden for taxpayers and would definitely affect the prices as it would be the cause of inflation “are we citizens prepared to pay additional taxes to cover the 150B?” asks the secretary in a separate interview.

Meanwhile, Basas also gave a comment on the controversy involving a toilet converted into faculty room in Bacoor City, he said “The DepEd should address the matter fairly. It’s no drama, as it is never an isolated case and often, the teachers have no other choice and forced to use old comfort rooms or part of the school lobby as their faculty room. That was my own experience when I was in my practice teaching in Araullo High School, Manila and when I hired as a permanent teacher in Baesa High School, Caloocan City for 17 years.”

Basas appealed to Briones to be more sensitive in her statements but said that their group is still willing to sit for a dialogue to explain their side on the matter and to further discuss several other concerns of teachers.

“Bilang aming ina sa Kagawaran, inaasahan sana namin ang lubos na pagkalinga, pang-unawa at suporta mula kay Sec. Liling Briones. Subalit sa mga nakalipas niyang pahayag ay hindi kami makaramdam ng malasakit at suporta at tila siya pa ang nakakapigil upang maibigay ang matagal na naming hinihinging umento sa sahod na ipinangako rin naman ng gobyerno. Nakahanda kaming maupo sa isang dayalogo sa kanya o sa Pangulo mismo upang ilinaw ang mga usaping ito. But we ask her to refrain from making statements that in one way or another would insult and hurt our teachers. As her subordinates, we expect a motherly compassion.” Basas ended.

Reference:

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
09273356375/ 09230819750

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[Statement] BONUSES ARE NOT ENOUGH! -TDC

BONUSES ARE NOT ENOUGH!

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 bonus for this year is seemingly doubled as compared to the previous one because this year-end, some provisions of EO 201 signed by former president Noynoy Aquino in February will be implemented. The said EO has become the substitute action of Malacanang for the planned Salary Standardization Law 2015 (SSL 2015) which was disapproved by the Senate in December 2015. It provides for a minimal increase in salaries of teachers (P528.00 for Teacher I position). But, the same order also provides for mid-year and year-end bonuses, both equivalent to one-month salary of government workers and public school teachers. The mid-year bonus was already given last May and the year-end will be released this November along with the P5000 cash gift mandated by another law.

We are also expecting the PBB or performance-based bonus for teachers, which the DepEd failed to give last October ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000 depending on the performance of the school. Lastly the PEI or productivity enhancement incentive in the amount of P5000 for all government officials and employees will also be released but not this month, rather on December 15th. Thus, making it sure that Teacher I, the lowest teacher position in DepEd will receive a total amount of P34, 077 in bonuses this year-end. In the same period last year, this rank of teachers received only a total of P16, 774.

However, we still call on the government, specifically to President Duterte to act on our P10, 000 salary increase proposal introduced by Sen. Alan Cayetano in the Senate, because teachers need economic boost every day to perform their duties for the children and the country better. While a one-time bonus is appreciated, salary augmentation for teachers would solve many problems of education sector. In December 2015, the Duterte-Cayetano tandem promised to act on the said proposal if they will be elected.

Lastly, we are hoping that during her term in Department of Education (DepEd), Secretary Liling Briones will implement the vintage Magna Carta for public school teachers. It is very unfortunate, however that in the proposed 2017 budget, funds for the welfare provisions of the law like overtime pay, special hardship allowance, medical assistance and hospitalization and paid study leave, among others are not reflected. Magna Carta implementation would only need an executive or even administrative action and it only takes a willing secretary of education, who is actually mandated by law to do it.

Reference:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chair, 09273356375

PRESS STATEMENT
November 15, 2016

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[Press Release] Teachers hope Pres. Duterte will grant the P10, 000 pay increase -TDC

Teachers hope Pres. Duterte will grant the P10, 000 pay increase

benjo 070716 copyPublic school teachers on Wednesday said they are anticipating an announcement from the palace that it is now ready to grant the P10, 000 across-the-board increase for the salaries of public school teachers. This was the reaction of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) following several pronouncements that the salaries of uniformed men will be doubled under the Duterte administration.

“We are happy for our brothers and sisters in the police and military for they are almost assured of the enhancement on their pay.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson. Basas recognizes that “the uniformed personnel will be at the center of the administration’s foremost concern- crime prevention and the path to peace. Thus, it is understood that the president would prioritize them.” He added.

Public school teachers are pushing for a P10, 000 additional compensation for teachers and education personnel above the Salary Standardization Law (SSL). The proposal is based on the original bill filed by Sen. Alan Cayetano during the 14th Congress in year 2008.

“However, the then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo preferred the amendment to SSL which granted the entry-level position of teachers an increase of P6, 523 over a period of 4 years from 2009 to 2012.” Basas explained.

Basas said his group acknowledges the increase in any amount however, “we want something that is founded on historical, moral and legal bases, but what Arroyo did was just a perpetuation of the flawed salary scheme for government personnel committed by Congress when it enacted the SSL in 1989.”

The succeeding administration of Pres. Noynoy Aquino did not end the suffering of teachers and just waited for the law to lapse in 2012. Worse, the Aquino administration never considered raising the salaries of teachers and government employees until its last months in office when it pursued the SSL 2015 which further amended the existing SSL.

“Again, the increase under Aquino administration is like an insult. We waited for almost five years for a salary increase, only to have a measly pittance thrown at our faces.” Basas exclaimed.

The SSL 2015 proposal would grant the entry-level position of teachers with an increase of P2, 205.00 from the P18, 549.00 or a meager increase of less than 12% which will be given in tranches over a period of four years or an increase of a little more than P500.00 a year. The bill did not get the nod of the upper chamber due to varied versions and ended up in an executive order signed by Aquino on January this year, the EO 201 which maintained the amount of increase as proposed in the bill.

“The increase under Aquino is the lowest in recent history. By comparison, Arroyo may become more generous by granting a 54 percent as compared to Aquino’s 12.” Basas added.

Basas recalled that during the campaign period for 2016 elections when they call upon the presidential and vice presidential bets to support the bill, the only tandem that took their proposal seriously is the Duterte-Cayetano team.

“We are hopeful that the president would soon announce that salary upgrade for public school teachers is underway. We believe that change is coming.” Basas ended.

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July 6, 2016

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[Press Release] Teachers reiterate appeal for just compensation to Senate -TDC

Teachers reiterate appeal for just compensation to Senate

TDCPublic school teachers again sent an appeal to the members of Senate yesterday asking the chamber to consider the clamor of government employees and public school teachers for a better salary increase package. In a letter sent to the Senators, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) national chairperson, Benjo Basas said ‘We respectfully submit that pegging the monthly salary of the lowest paid government employee at P16, 000.00 would be a huge boost to morale and would motivate better performance. For teachers, we reiterate that a P10, 000.00 increase over the present P18, 549.00 monthly pay for the entry-level position of teachers would repair the erroneous compensation scheme classifying teachers as among the lowest paid government professionals. The Congress, through a joint recommendation in 1991 and a bill approved by Senate in 2008 (SB 2408) agreed that there was indeed an injustice and that error should be rectified. All these could be made possible by an equitable downward adjustment in the exorbitantly high projection of increases in the middle and high level positions, who we know are already enjoying many perks and incentives (both monetary and non-monetary) as granted by law.’

The group led a series of protest last year against the proposed salary increases UNDER ssl 2015, which will mandate the hike in compensation of government officials and employees starting January of this year.  According to them, the P500 monthly increase approved by the House (HB 6268) is an insult to their profession. On December 14, 2015, they sent a letter of appeal to the Senators, the very day that the Senate is scheduled to approve the measure (SB 3009). The Senate, in response did not act on the bill.

For details: Benjo Basas, 0927-3356375

PRESS RELEASE
January 19, 2016

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[Press Release] Umento sa sahod, igigiit ng mga guro sa huling taon ni P-noy -TDC

Umento sa sahod, igigiit ng mga guro sa huling taon ni P-noy

Muling hiningi ng mga guro ang katiyakan sa pamahalaan na sila ay mabigyan ng umento sa sahod sa susunod na taon. Ayon kay Benjo Basas, pambansang tagapangulo ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) at isang guro sa Caloocan, matagal na umanong naghihintay ng aksiyon mula sa Pamahalaang Aquino ang mga panukalang umento sa sahod ng mga guro na nakabinbin pa rin sa Kongreso.

TDC

“Nakalulungkot sapagkat taong 2010 pa naupo sa puwesto si Pnagulong Aquino at walang siyang naging aksiyon sa maraming panukala sa Kongreso. Ni hindi man lamang binanggit ng pangulo sa kanyang huling SONA ang ukol sa kahilingan naming umento.” Pahayag ni Basas.

Gayunman, ayon pa rin kay Basas, umaasa sila na sa susunod na taon ay matutupad ang inaasahang umento sa sahod ng mga guro alinsunod na rin sa mga nauna nang pahayag ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan partikular ang Department of Budget na diumano ay naglaan ng pondo para sa umento sa 2016.

“Mula nang maupo  si  P-Noy sa Malakanyang ay walang inisyatiba ang kanyang pamahalaan upang dagdagan ang sahod ng mga guro at kawani. At kung ipagmamalaki nila ang kakarampot na umento noong 2011 at 2012, iyon ay pagtalima lamang naman sa tadhana ng Salary Standardization Law-3 na nagkaroon ng bisa noon pang 2009 sa panahon ng Arroyo administration.” Dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ang SSL-3 na naisabatas noong 2009 ay nagbigay ng umento sa mga guro at kawani na hinati sa apat na taon at natapos noong 2012. Sa kasalukuyan ay nakabinbin pa rin sa Senado ang panukalang “Additional Support and Compensation for Teachers in Basic Education” na mayroon nang apat na bersiyon. Kung maipapasa ito, mabibigyan ng karagdagang P10, 000 ang sahod ng mga guro at kawani ng DepEd at ilan pang benepisyo.

“Dahilan sa malaking pangangailangan at pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin, patuloy na bumababa ang halaga n gaming suweldo. Marami sa amin ay nababaon sa utang, samantala patuloy namang bumibigat an gaming mga trabaho.” Himutok pa ni Basas. “Nasa huling taon na ang administrasyong Aquino at siguro naman ay hindi na tamang isisi pa niya sa nakaraang administrasyon ang patuloy na pagbagsak ng kabuhayan ng ating mga guro.

Marapat na bigyan na niya ng aksiyon ang kahilingan ng mga guro para sa dagdag na sa suweldo.” Pagtatapos niya.

Inaasahang magsasagawa ang TDC at iba pang grupo ng mga guro ng kilos-protesta sa mga darating na araw upang igiit ang pagsasabatas ng umento sa kanilang suweldo.

Para sa mga detalye:
Benjo Basas, Pambansang Tagapangulo, 0920-5740241

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[Press Release] Teachers to gov’t: Release ‘one-month salary’ bonus on June 1

Teachers to gov’t: Release ‘one-month salary’ bonus on June 1

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Public school teachers under the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Ating Guro Partylist ask the government to release the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) to teachers and government employees on June 1, 2015. Under Executive Order (EO) 181, the PEI for this year amounting to either P5000 or equivalent to one-month salary shall be released not earlier than June 1, 2015. They also want to clarify whether the Department of Education (DepEd) has complied the requirements to entitle its employees to an equivalent to one-month salary or only the minimum of P5000.

TDC“The government’s PR team says that the PEI is equivalent to one-month salary and will be released by June. There must be some clarifications on this so as not to confuse the teachers and employees and the general public.” Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson said.

Basas said that their group recognizes this progress which he said “at least the DBM and Malacanang considered our appeal that the PEI should not be pegged at P5000.”

The TDC and Ating Guro members staged a series of protests last year asking the government to junk the controversial performance-based bonus (PBB) and instead grant a higher PEI for its teachers and employees. The PEI and PBB are incentives given to government employees that are dependent on their individual and agency performance. Both incentives are part of the performance-based incentive system under the Salary Standardization Law-3 (SSL-3) that traditionally given at the end of every fiscal year.

Arsenio Jallorina, Ating Guro Partylist chairman however said that the PEI should be equally distributed to benefit all the employees and not be given in varied amount.

“The performance requirements are for the agencies, and the rank and file employees have no control on the affairs of the agencies. There would be injustice if some of the employees would only be given a P5000 while others will receive an amount equivalent to their one month salary.” He said.

Both groups ask the DBM to immediately clarify the matter through guidelines to implement E0 181 and release the bonus to employees on June 1.
“Most teachers are parents as well and during this time of the year, we are burdened by school opening expenses for our children and dependents, not to mention our own preparation for our respective classrooms, instructional materials and such teaching necessities that the government fails to provide. ” Basas ended.

For details:
Benjo Basas, 09205740241
Arsie Jallorina, 0998-4755658

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May 27, 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

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October 31, 2014

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[Statement] RPMS, another burden to overworked, yet underpaid teachers -TDC

RPMS, another burden to overworked, yet underpaid teachers

We, public school teachers are one with the government in ensuring quality service to our people. This is our commitment to our students in particular and the taxpaying public in general. The condition of our public schools however is a great factor that affects our performance- large class size in a small classroom, lack of  facilities and teaching and learning materials and perhaps, lack of motivation and low morale due to government’s disregard to us- especially our demand for salary increase.

TDC

Thus, we are very much concerned about the introduction of the Results Based Performance Management System (RPMS) which the Department of Education (DepEd) will implement this school year. The system is in accordance with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular no. 6, s. 2012.

This new system places our expected output beyond 100 per cent, we need to work on the double and deliver performance of at least 130% in order for us to be declared outstanding. It is ironic that a government which, in the entire history, did not provide the 100% needs of the education sector and its teachers would expect for over a 100% performance from them.

We urge the CSC and the DepEd to review the applicability of this policy to our teachers. We urge the government to provide the necessary support to our public school system in terms of facilities and other resources, most especially in terms of teacher training and compensation.

Filipino teachers’ performance is generally outstanding. To be a teacher in this country requires one to be resilient, enduring and patient- qualities that make all of us outstanding, far more than our counterparts from the rest of the world.

Teachers’ tasks are not easily quantifiable, our product cannot be gauged with a meter stick or a weighing scale. Ours is a work that includes not only physical strength, but more so, intellect and emotions- teaching differs from all other jobs- its peculiarity can never be measured. This one-size-fits-all RPMS would only result to confusion in the field, if not further exploitation.

We demand fair and just compensation. RPMS is nothing, but another burden to already overworked yet underpaid teachers.

Reference: Benjo Basas, national chair, 09205740241

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August 1, 2014

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[Press Release] Teachers vow for more protests -TDC

Teachers vow for more protests
July 29, 2014

Photo by TDC

Photo by TDC

 

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) on Tuesday warned of more massive protest after the president’s SONA speech on Monday did not mention of assurance that a salary increase will be provided for the 600, 000 state mentors next year.

TDC

“Very frustrating!” Said Benjo Basas, a public school teacher from Caloocan City and the national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) after the president’s state of the nation address yesterday. “We never actually expected for some beautiful announcement, but because of the present situation of teachers, we believe the president would be caring enough to initiate his approval of our demand for P10, 000 across the board increase.” Basas continued.

During a protest action last weekend, the group gave President Aquino a failing mark for his failure to decisively address the problems of education sector particularly the insufficient allocation of budget especially in implementing the ambitious K-12 program. They also participated in a huge SONA rally yesterday to press for their demands.

“In his last two years in office, we dare him to prioritize the education sector and the teachers. It seems that the politicians, most of them are crooks were his favorite during his four-year term providing them with so many pork and other perks. Now is the time to think about us, to think about the ordinary people.”

Basas said that a series of mass actions and creative protests that will culminate in a huge rally in October will fill the streets of Metro Manila and other urban areas of the country.
“Teachers and education should not be neglected. They should be put in priority list.” Basas ended. #

Reference: Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson, 09205740241

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[Press Release] Teachers call for tax reform -TDC

Teachers call for tax reform

Amidst their call for a P10, 000 increase in the salaries of teachers and education employees, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again challenge the government to reform the taxation system.

TDC

“A reformed tax system, especially for individuals would mean a more efficient collection that would improve the state fund. Those who gain more income should pay more.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson.

The recent campaign advertisement of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) portraying the doctors as tax cheat and teachers carrying the burden of taxation has become controversial. The teachers however said the government, especially its tax system and inefficient collection is to blame for tax evasion cases.

“Indeed, teachers along with other workers and employees bear the burden of ensuring that government money is sufficient enough to fund the state’s daily operation. Yet some sectors of the society, including the big businessmen and crook government officials are wasting this hard-earned money which is supposed to use for social services.” Basas explained. “Once and for all, the system of taxation should be revised to collect more from the rich.”

The TDC supports Senate Bill 2146 filed by Sen. Sonny Angara as well as several legislative proposals intended to grant tax exemptions or reduction for teachers and other employees especially from their supposed bonuses and call for a stricter campaign not only in paid ads but more importantly in penalizing tax evaders and government crooks.

“If the government is sincere in its tax collection, the best formula will be a progressive taxation system and tax evaders and thieves in the government behind bars.” Basas ended.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com/

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June 15, 2014

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[Press Release] Teachers play fiesta games for P10k salary increase -TDC

Teachers play fiesta games for P10k salary increase

Some 100 teachers from Metro Manila joined the Palarong Pampista initiated by Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) in Plaza Miranda, Manila today. This is a part of the month-long series of activities dubbed as Protest de Mayo that calls for the enactment of P10, 000 across-the-board increase in salaries of government teachers and the scrapping of the performance-based bonus of the Aquino government which they described as deceptive, unfair and divisive.

TDC

The teachers play the traditional fiesta games such as Palo Sebo and Basagang Palayok to demonstrate their sacrifices for the country despite the inadequate compensation from the government.

Benjo Basas, the group’s chairperson said “Palo Sebo is exactly the same as the government’s performance-based bonus or PBB, it promises a cash prize, but teachers and employees need to fight and pull others down in order to be on top.”

Palo Sebo is a popular fiesta in which contestants must climb a greased bamboo in order to get the money prize on top of it. Players must pull others down to get the prize on top of the bamboo pole, thus depicting the divisive PBB scheme of the government

Basagang Palayok is another popular fiesta game where the players’ objective is to hit the hanging pot with prizes. The player is blindfolded, and like the P10, 000 salary increase demand, the prize is uncertain and the players must make all the effort and pass the obstacles.

The group has set several other unique mass actions until the resumption of classes in June 2. #

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Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 09205740241

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May 20, 2014

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[From the web] Solon seeks salary adjustment for factory and office workers

Solon seeks salary adjustment for factory and office workers
by House of Representatives of the Philippines

Workers in factories and offices could soon get higher pay and additional benefits under a bill adjusting their salaries and upgrading their working conditions.

Rep. Catalina Cabrera Bagasina (Party-list, ALE), author of House Bill 5324, said the bill seeks to increase the workers overtime pay, premium pay, holiday pay and maternity leave benefits.

The bill seeks to amend Book III of Presidential Decree 442, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines.

“It is deemed proper to adjust the remuneration of laborers and employees due to the rising prices of basic commodities and increasing rate of living standards,” Bagasina said.

Under this measure, workers in the factories and offices shall be given the option to work full time or part time.

The bill provides that a night shift differential shall be paid, from 10 to 30 percent of the regular wage for each hour worked between eight o’clock in the evening and six o’clock in the morning.

Overtime work beyond eight hours a day shall be paid equivalent to their regular wage plus an additional 30 percent of his or her regular wage.

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