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[Statement] More Filipinos are turning to social media to vent their frustrations about the government’s response to stop the spread of COVID-19 -HRonlinePH

The Human Rights Online Philippines share the concern of a public school teacher in General Santos City, as she expressed her frustrations on Facebook over the local government’s measures that many people are going hungry amid a lockdown in said city. https://www.rappler.com/nation/256157-teacher-son-arrested-without-warrant-general-santos-city-facebook-post-coronavirus

Juliet Espinosa, a 55-year-old public school teacher was arrested by police in General Santos City without a warrant at around 8:00pm on March 27, in reprisal for posting on what local officials tagged as a “provoking” Facebook post, and face charges of inciting to sedition and disobedience to authority, and violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. She was arrested along with her son of legal age for trying to stop the police officers from taking his mother.

Based on news reports, Ms. Espinosa was behind a series of Facebook posts under the name of “Yet Rodriguez Enosencio” that criticized the local government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she was concerned with reports of the miserable situation of some residents due to the impact of the quarantine on their livelihood and that the local government had done nothing to address the problem. “Maraming mamamatay sa gutom if hindi tayo magtutulong-tulong na magreport sa Pangulo na inutil ang ating Mayor…. Panawagan sa walang makain, sugurin ‘nyo na nang sabay-sabay ang Lagao Gym. Nakatambak doon ang pagkaing para sa inyo.”

The scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic clearly rises to the level of a public health threat that could justify restrictions on certain rights, such as those that result from the imposition of quarantine or isolation limiting freedom of movement.

Human Rights Online Philippines fully understand and support the efforts of the government to develop and implement strategies to protect human health and human life. The fundamental and non-derogable right to life is at stake, and our government is obligated to ensure its protection.*

Under international human rights law, governments have an obligation to protect the right to freedom of expression, including the right to seek, receive, and impart information of all kinds, regardless of frontiers. Permissible restrictions on freedom of expression for reasons of public health, noted above, may not put in jeopardy the right itself.

The World Health Organization has emphasized that accurate, timely information is essential to fighting COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the government is cracking down on people and implementing sweeping restrictions under the guise of combating misinformation.

While we share the concern that false information about the pandemic could lead to health concerns, panic, and disorder. In this connection, we urge the government to ensure that accurate and up-to-date information about the virus, access to services, service disruptions, and other aspects of the response to the outbreak is readily available and accessible to all.

Human Rights Online Philippines emphasized that any attempts to criminalize information relating to the pandemic undermined trust in government actions, delay access to reliable information and have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. Especially at a time of emergency, when freedom of expression and access to information is of critical importance, broad restrictions on freedom of expression and access to information cannot be justified on public order or national security grounds.

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*COVID-19: Governments must promote and protect access to and free flow of information during a pandemic, say international media freedom experts, 19 March 2020

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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] Group appeals to SSS, GSIS, Pag-ibig for Visayas teachers -TDC

Group appeals to SSS, GSIS, Pag-ibig for Visayas teachers

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again appealed to the government loan agencies to facilitate faster privileges with lenient terms to the survivors and relatives of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that swept many provinces of the Visayas including some in Northern Mindanao and Southern Tagalog regions.

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“We appeal to the respective boards of Pag-Ibig, GSIS and SSS to immediately facilitate special loans to the calamity victims or their relatives.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson.

Public school teachers are entitled to apply for loan in Pag-ibig and GSIS, while private school teachers may get a loan from Pag-ibig and SSS.

Basas said that “The granting of ‘no-interest loans’ for teachers survivors and relatives would surely help them rebuild their lives after being devastated by the monster storm. The strict policies should be waived at this time. Such would be a gesture not just of support and generosity, but more so, love and compassion.”

This will also signal hope for the teachers so that they will eventually help others in the rehabilitation effort.

Basas said that teachers or employees that are non-residents of disaster areas but are closely related or involved in their family’s economic activities in back in home provinces must be considered.

“People, especially teachers in the affected provinces need these kind of help. We may focus on the provinces of Samar and Leyte but we have to remember that there are also a lot of people, schools and teachers in the northern parts of the islands of Cebu, Negros, Panay and Palawan. Still, teachers in Metro Manila or any other parts of the country that support their families in the provinces must also be granted the same privilege.” Basas ended.

On Tuesday, November 26, TDC members who temporarily evacuated from Leyte will join the gathering of Yolanda survivors at the DepEd Central Office where Sec. Armin Luistro is expected to meet them for lunch.

NEWS RELEASE
25 November 2013

[Statement] Compulsory poll duties, a legalized exploitation -TDC

Compulsory poll duties, a legalized exploitation

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Photo by TDC

Public school teachers, under the law are deputized as poll workers and tasked to supervise the whole process, from opening up to the closing of polling precincts. In between, teachers must ensure that the choice of every voter has been cast and counted. But in order for us teachers to do this, we expose ourselves to all sorts of dangers- health risks, harassment, legal charges and physical attack.

The past elections were witness to the violence and danger our teachers suffer. Every election, there were reports of those teachers who were hurt, intimidated, met accidents and worst, killed in line of duty. There were heroic stories like the teacher who died and burned along with a classroom in Batangas, a DepEd supervisor who was killed after elections in Maguindanao, a group of teachers who survived the attacking armed men in Lanao del Norte, a teacher in Pangasinan who run over by a bus and died, a Valenzuela teacher who was hit by a van that made her paralyzed for several months and countless other narratives. All of them faced the danger in the name of service and to ensure democracy.

The list continues, teachers who suffer mental and physical fatigue for working more than 24 hours- without a single minute of sleep. The elections may have been finished the following day, but not the teachers’ suffering. The ire of losing candidates has traditional targeted poll workers, exposing the hapless teachers to violence and election-related cases. The losers would never concede and would always argue that they were cheated by their opponents, with the teachers facilitating the fraud. Most often, teachers have to face these problems alone, DepEd legal assistance is not readily available while Comelec serves as prosecutors, against the teachers.

Yet at the end of all these sufferings, teachers will only get a very minimal compensation- not even enough for transportation, paracetamol, food and energy drink to keep us awake, often, the honorarium comes very late, as late as a month or more.

These are the reasons why we push for the optional election duties. We cannot refuse the assignment to sit as election workers, even if this task may kill us or expose us to harm, even death. We cannot negotiate with the Comelec on the amount they want us to be paid. We can never demand for a lawyer to defend us when we are in trouble. The mandated poll duty of public school teachers is a legal excused for the government to perpetuate exploitation. #

Note: The TDC reiterates teachers’ major demands for the October 28, elections:
1. Ensure the protection of teachers from harassment, intimidation and physical attack;
2. Provide legal assistance for teachers who will be facing election-charges; and
3. Raise the honorarium from P2, 000 to P4, 000

Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 3853437

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[Statement] TDC hails ARMM colleagues for refusal to serve polls

TDC hails ARMM colleagues for refusal to serve polls

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) hails the Comelec approval of the request from some 1000 teachers from Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) not to require them to sit as members of the Board of Election Tellers (BET) and facilitate the elections in their respective localities for Barangay polls on Monday, October 28. The teachers cited security reasons for their refusal to serve. The Comelec instead deployed personnel from Philippine National Police to man the elections in lieu of the teachers.

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We are happy with this decision and we consider this a breakthrough because we are not talking here of 1 or 10 or even 100 teachers, they are more than 900, almost a thousand. The Comelec just confirmed that they cannot ensure the safety of our teachers. We salute our colleagues from Mindanao for their courageous refusal and we view this as a precedent for future elections, should the optional election duty for public school teachers proposal will not make it again in the 16th Congress.

This is a good sign that the teachers may soon not be compelled to work in elections and the task be assigned to somebody else. The government which cannot protect their teachers who are doing duties apart from teaching does not have the right to compel them for such work.

Once again, we would like to reiterate our three major demands for the October 28, elections:
1. Ensure the protection of teachers from harassment, intimidation and physical attack;
2. Provide legal assistance for teachers who will be facing election-charges; and
3. Raise the honorarium from P2, 000 to P4, 000

If the state can easily grant extremely large amount of money for discretionary funds of public officials and the bonuses and honoraria of SSS, GSIS and other state-run companies, it is but proper to give the public school teachers the compensation and protection we just deserve. The treatment of public school teachers during elections is a manifestation of how this government values its teachers and the teaching profession- the noblest of all.

Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 3853437

PRESS STATEMENT
October 26, 2013

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[Blog] Responsible Parenthood, the Duty of the Teachers and the Rearing of Our Young by Jose Mario De Vega

Responsible Parenthood, the Duty of the Teachers and the Rearing of Our Young
by Jose Mario De Vega

Mario De Vega

I am writing to talk about the issue of our student’s school indiscipline.

One view is that “Parents should stay out of this” while the opposing contention is that “Parents must to be totally involved”.
For purposes of this brief narrative, let us adopt the two contradictory views and for brevity’s sake refer to them as View 1 and View 2.

I applaud our various papers in reporting stories and publishing reports that dealt squarely with these two seemingly contradicting views that espoused two different arguments concerning a single issue.

That said crucial issue at stake here is the extent of the powers or the rights of the parents to get involved or intervened in cases that concern their children in a particular school’s disciplinary board in conjunction to their child’s misdemeanor and violation of the institution’s rules and regulations.

My aim is to somewhat reconcile these two apparent repugnant contentions, hence I am humbly offering my viewpoints and rejoinder.

It seems to me, and it is my considered view that the thesis of View 1 is to prohibit (though I believe, it is also wrong, to completely disallow) the involvement and “interference of the parents in a school’s disciplinary board’s action and punishment meted on their children.”

The argument that was advanced is that: “By interfering in this process, parents are actually obstructing the development of the student’s character and behavior.”

Further, it may also be well asserted that, “when most students nowadays are spoilt, embroiled in critical disciplinary problems and other misdemeanors, why do parents tend to blame the teachers?”

I concur in the general sense; however, I am not totally uncritical! This is true if indeed, the kids involved in this specific scenario are deviant, lazy, bully, irresponsible, habitual violator of the school rules and regulations, etc.

The other equally pertinent question that needs to be asked is: what if the student is law-abiding, a role model, responsible and studious, yet one stupid and completely groundless complaint was lodged against him or her?

Henceforth, on this case I will argue that the call or the demand for non-involvement of parents shall/would not apply.

It is on this sense that I also concur with the position of those people who subscribed to View 2, especially when a particular parent said that: “No responsible parents will stay out of anything that happens to their children”. Of course, that contention is base on the assumption and condition that the child involved in this particular case is a well-mannered and truly responsible student.

I commend her/him for being a loving parent and I hope that all parents should be like her/him. However, if there are incontrovertible proof and irrefutable evidence against the deviancy and lawlessness of his/her “good” son/daughter — is it her/his/their right to appear before the school tribunal or disciplinary board to argue that their child is kind, responsible, behave, noble and good?

I do not think so!

Hence, if this is the case, we have to return to the question posed by people who belongs to View 1:

“With parents blindly supporting their children, students will rebel against the school’s rules or anything that curbs what they view as their right to full freedom”.

Sad but true, and I hate to say this, but the grim effect of this parental blind misplaced love would indubitably be that wayward students will “not be afraid to break the rules and commit crimes as they know that their parents will back them”.

To be clear on my contention, it is my ardent view that View 1 is applicable to those cases wherein the student involved has no right to be in the school in the first place but indeed, in the rehabilitation center.

To the parents, if indeed your child is wrong, please don’t defend them, rather admit the mistake and submit to the jurisdiction of the school’s disciplinary board. Instead of straightening them, you are further hastening them towards becoming more wayward and rebellious. This is a shame!

For all intent and purposes, if the student or the child is well raised, I doubt if the said boy or girl will ever be summoned in some investigation to answer a complaint! That would be highly unlikely; except perhaps in cases of unjust complaint and mistaken identity that I have already noted above.

View 2 in my view squarely applies to those irresponsible and violent teachers, vague complaints, questionable disciplinary measures and/or tribunals.

On this regard, I specifically agree with those individuals who believe on View 2 that parents have to be totally involved.

As narrated by a writer based on the testimony given by her/his child:

“For the past week she has been telling me how her teacher will cane the students on their palm for wrong answers, a stroke for each mistake. Many of her friends cried after being caned, but the teacher continues to teach after that”.

I condemn to the highest possible extent the utterly violent and unjust action of that ‘teacher’. We have no right whatsoever to use violence, especially physical to our lads. That kind of ‘educator’ does not have the right to be left with our young. Indeed, what kind of learning “can go into a child’s mind after such an experience, a sore palm and a fearful mind?”

Shame on that creature!

That ‘teacher’ must be reported to the authorities (primarily to the Education Ministry) and the police for human/child rights violations. He/she must answer for his/her criminal deed and unpardonable act which is palpably incompatible for being a teacher!

Though, the teaching profession is the noblest of all professions, as always and this is true in all occupations; there are some rotten apples that taint and bastardize the whole profession. I want to tell and assure that parent that not all teachers are like that and that we outnumbered the fake ones, the bad guys and the unfaithful to the call.

We, the true teachers and real educators remain steadfast in the nobility of our profession and faithful to the general principle behind the sanctity of our calling. That is our commitment.

In the lucid words of Henry A. Giroux:

“Education as a critical moral and political project always represents a commitment to the future and it remains the task of educators to make sure that the future points the way to a more socially just world, a world in which the discourses of critique and possibility in conjunction with the values of reason, freedom and equality function to alter, as part of a broader democratic project, the grounds upon which life is lived. This is hardly a prescription for political indoctrination, but it is a project that gives education its most valued purpose and meaning, which, in part, is “to encourage human agency, not mould it in the manner of Pygmalion.””

You can count on us and we are also counting on you!

We also call your attention to the indispensable fact that while we do our job of further developing the goodness and harnessing the full potentials of your kids, please help us by also doing your duty and obligation to your young.

The creation and production, call it what you will, of good, moral, ethical and responsible students is not only the duty, function and obligation of the teachers! You, parents are also included in this noble and continuing task. Let us not forget that, prior to us becoming the teachers of your kids; it is indisputable that you are their first teachers.

Hence, I am calling for unity of purpose and a unified approach! Let us all help each other in cultivating the minds, souls and characters of our young, in order for them to become responsible students and critical citizens of this country and the world.

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy lecturer
College of Arts and Letters
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

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[Statement] Deserve ng lahat ng guro ang makatarungang bonus -TDC

DESERVE NG LAHAT NG GURO ANG MAKATARUNGANG BONUS

PUBLIC STATEMENT
July 25, 2013

Below is the public statement of the TDC on the controversial performance-based bonus (PBB) of public school teachers and DepEd employees. PBB aims to reward the performers in the department with the monetary incentive ranging from P5,000 to P35,000 for their work in fiscal year 2012 (or school year 2012-2013). The bonus however, suffered many delays and only released this week. Upon release, teachers complain of unfair school rating which is also the basis of individual performance, a scheme used by the DepEd to expedite this year’s processing of PBB.

For details, please contact Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson at 0920-5740241.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)
Hulyo 25, 2013
Quezon City

DESERVE NG LAHAT NG GURO ANG MAKATARUNGANG BONUS
(Ilang punto hinggil sa pagtutol ng TDC sa PBB for FY 2012)

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NOBYEMBRE 2012 pa lamang ay kinuwestiyon na natin ang iskema ng PBB na nakatakdang gamitin para sa taong 2012.

Kung kaya, isang serye ng dayalogo sa DBM at DepEd, kabilang na ang mga pagkilos gaya ng caroling noong Disyembre at piket nitong Hunyo sa harapan ng DBM office sa Maynila ang isinagawa natin upang ipaabot sa kinauukulan an gating hinaing at ipabatid na rin sa ating mga kapatid na guro at empleyado ang kalagayan ng PBB. At nito ngang buwan ng Hulyo ay masugid natin itong tinutukan hanggang mag-anunsiyo ang DepEd na ito ay maibibigay na sa linggong ito (Hulyo 22-26). Ito ay delayed ng anim na buwan sapagkat ito dapat ay maibibigay sa pagsasara ng taon (bagamat school year ang ginamit ng DepEd para sa taong ito o dapat ay matapos ang Marso). Ang pagka-delay nito ay isang manipestasyon lamang na may suliranin sa sistemang ito ng PBB ni P-Noy.

Nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga komentaryo, rekomendasyon at paglalahad ng sentimyento ng ating mga kapatid na guro mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng text, FB at twitter. Kinikilala po namin ang lahat ng ito at alam naming malaki ang maitutulong nito sa lalo pang pagsulong ng interes at adhikain ng ating mga guro.

Nagkakaisa po tayong lahat sa pagbasa sa sitwasyong ito at narito ang ilan:
1. Ang NAT ay hindi dapat gawing basehan ng bonus dahil madali itong imanipula;
2. Ang NAT, drop-out rate at maging MOOE report ng paaralan ay hindi direktang pananagutan ng mga guro, kung kaya hindi makatarungang ang mga guro ang maparusahan kung hindi man ito maging maayos;
3. Tila baga ‘one-size fits all’ ang PBB scheme na ito na wala man lang konsiderasyon sa mga partikular na kalagayan at pagkakaiba-iba ng mga paaralan. Halimbawa ay ang bilang ng mga mag-aaral, ang lokasyon nito o kung saang komunidad ito matatagpuan (katutubong komunidad, conflict areas, far flung barrios, demolition areas, depressed communities etc), na may direktang epekto sa performance ng mga bata at maging ng mga guro at sa drop-out incidents doon;
4. Nasa disbentahe kaagad ang mas malalaking mga paaralan na mahirap makakuha ng mataas na score sa NAT, hindi madaling i-manage ang drop-out rate at hindi madaling makapag-dirburse ng MOOE- dahil mas malalaki ito kumpara sa mga karaniwan o mas maliliit na paaralan at yaong mga ispesyal na paaralan (gaya ng science high schools);
5. Dahil sa ang NAT, drop-out rate at MOOE report ang ginamit na batayan ng PBB at kung ito’y mananatili, asahan nating sa susunod na taon ay magiging mahusay ang compliance ng lahat ng paaralan dito, kahit pa mag-suffer ang katotohan at katapatan (noon ngang walang PBB ay nagagawa ito, ngayon pa kaya);
6. Ang pagkakaroon ng magkakaibang amount ng PBB ay magdudulot ng pagkakahati-hati o pagkukumpara sa mga guro ng bawat paaralan, dibisyon o rehiyon;
7. Ang 10% cap ng best performing employees sa best performing agencies o delivery units ay nangangahulugang 1% lamang ng lahat ng empleyado sa ahensiya o delivery unit, sila lamang ang makakakuha ng best-best category (sa taong ito sa DepEd, tinatawag itong exceptional) na malinaw na nakapanlilito (kundi man nakapanlilinlang) sa mga empleyado dahil na rin sa pangako at press release ng pamahalaan na ang PBB ay mula P5,000 to P35,000 na tila baga ang sinumang empleyado ay maaaring makakuha ng mataas na amount o ng maximum na P35,000. Gayong ang katotohanan ay hindi ganito (halimbawa, 196 guro lamang sa buong NCR ang makakakuha ng P35, 000 ayon na rin sa ating source sa DBM).

Samakatuwid, dapat repasuhin ang EO No. 80 ni Pangulong Aquino na siyang basis ng PBB dahil sa halip na magdulot ng mas mataas na produktibidad at mahusay na performance ay lalo pang magkaroon ng pagkakahati-hati, sipsipan, laglagan at unhealthy competition sa mga empleyado at ahensiya. Batid nating ito ang unang pagkakataon na ipatutupad ito at maging ang DepEd at DBM marahil ay may nakikitang kakulangan sa sistema. Kaya naman, bukas sila sa mga rekomendasyon at suhestiyon na maaaring isusog sa kautusang ito ng pangulo.

Ang ating rekomendasyon:

1. Pinakamahalagang alternatibo sa PBB ay ang pagbibigay ng makatarungang pasahod na dapat ay across-the-board upang ganap at direktang makinabang ang mga guro at kawani ng pamahalaan;
2. Isa ring paraan upang maibsan ang hirap ng ating mga guro ay ang paglalaan ng mga non-monetary o non-wage benefits gaya ng tax exemption, pabahay, benepisyong pangkalusugan, scholarship (pati sa mga anak) at iba pang insentiba;
3. Dapat ding gawing across-the-board ang PBB o ganitong uri ng benepisyo sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mas mataas na PEI (productivity enhancement incentive) na dapat ay tumaas sa P15,000 (dahil 4 taon na itong P10,000) at kung sakali mang mayroong merit-based incentive ay dapat na nakabatay sa isang clear-cut policy na hindi kaduda-duda;
4. Isang halimbawang iskema ay ang pagtatanggal ng limit sa maaaring makakuha ng P35,000. Kung talagang gusto ng gobyerno na magsipag nang husto ang kanayang mga empleyado at guro, dapat lang na bigyan ng certain rating na may corresponding amount, at kung sakaling 100% ng empleyado ang umabot sa rating na katumbas ng maximum halimbawa na P35,000 ay dapat bigyan lahat ng P35, 000 (katulad ng GWA o general weighted average sa mga unibersidad na ginagamit upang i-determina ang magiging cum laude atpb).

Mga kapatid na guro, ang PBB ay isa lamang munting usapin sa malawak na sektor ng edukasyon. Higit dito, nais nating ipabatid sa ating pamahalaan na hindi sapat ang tinatanggap nating sahod at hindi makatarungan ang pagtratong ibinibigay sa atin ng gobyerno.

Nais nating ipaalala sa ating mahal na pangulo na higit sa papuri sa ating paggising sa madaling-araw upang tugunan ang araw-araw na hamon upang labanan ang kamangmangan, karapat-dapat tayong gawaran ng sapat at makatarungang sahod, kilalanin ang ating mga karapatan at kagalingan at itaguyod ang ating dignidad. #

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)
Hulyo 25, 2013
Quezon City

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[Press Release] Teachers acknowledge DEPED pronouncement on bonus by TDC

Teachers acknowledge DEPED pronouncement on bonus

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The Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday announced that the performance-based bonus (PBB) for teachers may be released next. The DepEd last week submitted the requirements to Department of Budget and Management (DBM), thus the processing of said incentive started early this week.

The TDC acknowledges the response of both the DepEd and the DBM since according to the group, this PBB is for their performance during fiscal year 2012 and it should have been released on the first quarter of the year. The group held a series of dialogues with representatives of the said agencies that started December last year.

TDC however said that while they work to expedite the release of PBB, they still we believe that the scheme used by the government to reward the performing employees is defective and needed to be reviewed and amended.

The PBB is an incentive granted by the government to public school teachers and other employees under President Aquino’s executive order number 80, signed in July last year. It is a merit-based incentive system that would give the employees of the government a cash bonus ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000 depending on their and their agency’s performance. The TDC however remained apprehensive of the scheme which they describe as “deceptive and unfair.”

Press Release
July 17, 2013

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Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 0923-8643887

[Press Release] Groups blame contractualization for the death of a Bulacan teacher -TDC

Groups blame contractualization for the death of a Bulacan teacher

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“While there are personal circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, we believe that this is just one of the consequences of employing the scheme of contractualization of public school teachers.” Said Benjo Basas, national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and the 1st nominee of Ating guro Partylist.

According to news report last weekend, Billy Cristobal, a teacher of Norzagaray National High School in Bulacan took his own life on Wednesday after a suspected depression when failed to collect the back wages due him from the municipal government.

Cristobal is categorized as LGU-paid teacher and his salary is coming from the municipal government, unfortunately, his contract for another teaching job is not renewed this year.

Basas said “According to the latest DepEd report, there are around 37, 000 locally-paid teachers for this year. These are the teachers whose qualifications and tasks are no different from their national counterparts yet they only receive a monthly salary of 3, 000.00 to P10, 000.00 compared to the P18, 500.00 entry-level minimum pay of teachers in DepEd plantilla.”

Basas argued that the DepEd should prioritize teachers who served either as volunteers or contractuals in hiring for permanent positions so that locally-paid teachers will immediately be absorbed by the national government should there be a vacant or newly created positions.

“The ultimate solution of course, is to hire teachers according to the need of the field. While we recognize the LGU assistance in hiring teachers, this should be treated as temporarily and should be made to fill the urgently needed gaps.” Basas added.

Ating Guro Partylist vowed to propose legislation to put an end to contractualization of public school teachers which is one of its legislative platforms when it joined the party list race last May.

Unfortunately, they are among the 5 ‘winning’ parties whose proclamations were held pending the final decision on the petitions of disqualified parties.

“This very unfortunate incident should have been avoided.” Basas ended.

Reference: Benjo Basas, 09205740241

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June 11, 2013

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[Press Release] Bleak future for K-12 predicted -TDC

 

Bleak future for K-12 predicted

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“If we are going to predict the K-12 implementation through the first week of school year 2013-2014, we can easily conclude that there would be a bleak future for the education sector.” Benjo Basas, national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said Monday.

The TDC said that while they agree that this year’s school opening is generally orderly, it doesn’t hide the fact that the government needs to address the basic requirements for a successful implementation of its flagship program.

While the DepEd boasts of a record-high recruitment of teachers numbering to more than 60, 000 this year, TDC said that it will not essentially lessen the teacher to student ratio in actual classroom situation. “Let us also remind the DepEd that there are still those volunteers and locally paid teachers all over the country who are tasked to perform the same workload as their nationally-paid counterparts but are paid much lesser.” Basas said.

The group is opposed to the K-12 program since the Aquino administration publicly stated its plan to expand the basic education system in 2010. “Education must be prioritized in budgeting and the welfare of the teachers should be in paramount consideration. The K-12 is now a law, thus the government is also mandated to provide all the necessities of the program.”

Basas noted that while the Department of Education (DepEd) claimed that it has closed the gaps in shortages of books and chairs, it is very evident that many schools lack chairs and has no provision of books. “Many students as evidenced by the news reports and our observations in the field were forced to sit on the floor, others brought their own chairs or mats.” Basas recalled.

The shortage in books is yet to be observed since books are released to students several weeks after the school opening. “But we are sure that in some subject areas, like in Filipino, there is no provision of books for a decade now. The teachers produce their own reading materials for their students. The distribution of learning materials to respective schools should have been finished before the school year opens, because we are now in the second year of implementing K-12.” Basas continued.

The DepEd earlier said it would soon deliver the learning packages to students and teachers as alternative to textbooks.

Lack of classrooms, toilets and other facilities such as computers and libraries are also noted during the first week.

“These perennial problems which again surfaced during the first week of new school year show that the government’s fund for education sector is not even enough to operate the 10-year program, yet it pushed for a more expensive K-12 program unprepared.” Basas ended.

The TDC will join forces with other stakeholders and the members of the civil to mount campaign for greater government subsidy on public education.

Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson– 02-3853437/ 09205740241

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June 10, 2013

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[Press Release] Teachers to P-noy: Sufficient funds for K-12 -TDC

Teachers to P-noy: Sufficient funds for K-12

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Amidst the signing into law of Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum of 2013 or the K-12 Education Program (RA 10533), the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again expressed its apprehension on program.

“K-12 is the flagship program of this administration and therefore education sector should be given the funds it needs for successful implementation.” Said Emmalyn Policarpio, an elementary teacher from Valenzuela City and the group’s Secretary-General.

President Benigno Aquino III signs the K-12 law today.

The group is wary of the program and said that mere signing of law would not resolve existing problems of the education sector without drastically resolving the resource shortages.

“While the Department of Education (DepEd) is doing everything to close the gaps and that includes solicitation from private donors, partnership with LGUs and indirect contributions from parents and students like in Brigada Eskwela, these small measures would not be enough considering the ever-growing necessities of public education sector.” Policarpio explained.

The TDC said that the determination of the DepEd and Malacanang to push thru with the program, the signing of the bill approved by the Congress into law does not guarantee a solution to the dismal condition of Philippine public school system.

“Less than a month from now, our schools will re-open for another year. We cannot just rely on private sponsorship or community mobilization. The government should have a better policy on education financing.” Policarpio furthered.

The group also pointed out that instructional materials for K-12 curriculum were not readily available. And the worst, according to TDC is the government’s disregard to the welfare of teachers when it hired the kinder teachers in contractual terms and will be paid P3000 monthly for the special job.

“If P-Noy wants a global standard in length of education cycle, it is but just for the people to demand a global standard in terms of education input.” Policarpio ended.

The group earlier asked Malacañang to consider postponement of the program and call for a wider dialogue, information dissemination or even national debate. The group instead, challenged President Aquino to put necessary funds to resolve the shortages in school inputs, most of them are actually backlogs of the past administrations.

Reference: Emmalyn Policarpio, Secretary-General, 0939-7798649

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[Press Release] Teachers, lawyers established command post to monitor poll events -TDC

Teachers, lawyers established command post to monitor poll events

logo TDCThe Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) headquarters in Quezon City will serve as the command post to monitor all election-related concerns of public school teachers, especially the report of harassment to teachers beginning Sunday morning until Tuesday night, May 14, 2013. Dubbed as “Proteksiyon sa mga Guro, Proteksiyon sa ating Boto” the post will document untoward incidents like harassment, cheating, intimidation, emergency situation or any election-related concerns of public school teachers during May 13, 2013 polls.

Emmalyn Policarpio, the group’s Secretary-General and teacher from Valenzuela City said they will be monitoring the field especially the situation of teachers before, during and immediately after the elections. “We will work like call center agents to accommodate reports from teachers.” She said. “This is our own way of helping our fellow teachers who are tasked to ensure the success of our elections on Monday.”

TDC has established hotline telephone numbers and several mobile numbers for easier reports from teachers. They will be assisted by law group LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections) which will also provide their own hotline to answer legal questions in the field as well as the peace human rights advocacy group, Sulong CARHRIHL.

Several teacher-volunteers who will not sit as BEI on Monday and who are deactivated from voters’ list will man the Command Post and they are tasked to monitor and document the field situation and provide any possible assistance from the organization and concerned agencies.

The Command post will closely coordinate with government and private agencies specifically the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Elections (Comelec), Law Enforcement Units (PNP etc.), election watchdogs and the media. This is the second time that TDC launched such command post just as they did in 2010. TDC members from all over the Philippines will provide the first-hand information from their respective localities.

“Reports that we gathered during 2010 elections were sent to Comelec and DepEd and served as reference for their policies. W call on all our teachers and concerned citizens to reveal all the ”irregularities or any untoward incidents, we need vigilant people to protect our teachers and this democratic exercise.” Policarpio ended. #

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May 10, 2013

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/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com/

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[Press Release] Teachers ask DEPED to expedite the release of bonus -TDC

Teachers ask DEPED to expedite the release of bonus

TDCThe Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on the Department of Education (DepEd) to release a department guidelines to implement the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for its more than 500, 000 employees this year. Last week the group staged a protest at the gates of the Budget Department to denounce the deliberate cutting down of their traditional P10, 000.00 productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) by half. The symbolic caroling was followed by a dialoigue with some DBM officials.

“The traditional year-end incentive amounting to P10, 000.00 which we also call P-Noy should be enhanced especially this year that the government employees face many challenges.” Said Caloocan teacher Benjo Basas who also the the group’s national chairperson.

Basas continued, “Until now, the DepEd has no clear guidelines to implement the order of the president contained in his EO No. 80 last July. Thus, the amount which we expect before Christmas may be delayed.”

The group is worried that the teachers and DepEd employees would not receive the PBB or even the PEI before Christmas due to time limitation.

For this year, teachers and government employees would be entitled to a PEI in the amount of P5, 000.00 and a performance-based bonus (PBB) that varies depending on the performance of the agency and the individual employee. Thus the PBB would range from P5, 000.00 for the good performing individuals in a good performing agency up to P35, 000.00 for the best performing individuals in the best performing agencies. Best performing agencies are those in the top 10% while the better performing are those in the next 25% and the good performing or actually the least performing agencies are those in the bottom 65 per cent.

The group however dismisses the PBB scheme for being unfair, divisive and deceptive and instead calls for an across the board incentive that according to them “will benefit all the government employees and public school teachers and could reach the supposed recipients on time.”

Previously, PEI is released to government employees before Christmas break. “But for this year, the guidelines to determine the performance of agencies was only released by the inter-agency task force (IATF) lead by DBM last November 12, the agencies, especially the Department of Education (DepEd) would have a hard time to comply with the complicated requirements to determine the eligibility of agencies and employees to the PBB.” Basas added.

The group reiterates their call to the DBM and President Aquino to defer the implementation of the PBB this year and instead provide the P10, 000.00 across-the-board PEI to all government employees.

“For this year, the PBB would not be practical. The president may opt to give us the 10, 000.00 PEI or even greater amount. He should play a Santa for his employees.” Basas ended.

For details: Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241/3853437

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[Press Release] Teachers, families, hear mass on World Teachers’ Day -TDC

Teachers, families, hear mass on World Teachers’ Day

From a seemingly unusual break from traditional marches and demonstrations that marked the commemoration of World Teachers’ Day (WTD) every 5th of October, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) will celebrate their big day thru a holy mass that will be attended by some 200 teachers from Metro Manila.

“We will join the whole nation in national prayer for teachers. This time, we want to celebrate this day with our families and the families of our pupils and students- the people whom we pledged to give our untiring service despite the many limitations of our government.” Said Emmalyn Policarpio, a grade school teacher from Valenzuela City and the group’s spokesperson as she announced TDC’s celebration at St. Peter Church in Commonwealth Avenue on Friday.

Nancy De Leon, an elementary school teacher of Mandaluyong for the past 40 years says the mass is also intended to give thanks to the Lord for the wisdom and physical strength. “As a teacher I am committed to serve the young people and I do it in the grace of God. Because I believe, with God being the center of our intention, we cannot go wrong.” She said.

She added that she does not consider teaching as a means of living but rather a vocation. “When I started teaching, I knew that this is not a good source of income. It’s more of a mission rather than profit. I am more focused on developing a well-rounded personality for every child- not purely academics but how they will face life in the future and be successful and productive citizens.” She added.

Policarpio on her part appreciated the government for declaring the National Teachers’ Month and thanked the institutions that initiated a nationwide campaign to recognize the role of teachers, including the DepEd and private institutions like the Metrobank Foundation and CBCP and the media. “We are really grateful that the sacrifices we make are being recognized by all sectors of society.”

Metrobank Foundation and the DepEd spearheaded the National Teachers’ Month Campaign a few years ago that resulted to the official presidential proclamation last year signed by President Aquino last year declaring September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ MOnth. The CBCP endorses this year’s celebration and even adopted the national prayer for teachers on October 5 and the different TV and radio stations have been doing their share to thank the teachers since the beginning of a month-long celebration.

Policarpio however, reminded the government that a mere recognition would not be enough as they also need economic relief and also prayed that the pending bill granting them a P9000 increase in salaries be enacted the soonest possible time. “We are thankful for flowers and praises, but surely we also need economic upgrade.” She ended.

The special mass for teachers which will also be celebrated in Cebu and other cities will coincide with the regular 5:00PM mass in St. Peter Church and will be officiated by Fr. Antonio Labiao, Jr., the shrine rector. After the homily, the priest will allow Ms Nancy De Leon to take the podium and discuss in brief the significance of the World Teachers’ Day celebration. After the mass, the group is expected to line-up along Commonwealth Avenue to hold a short program.

Emmalyn Policarpio, TDC Spokesperson: 0939-7798647
Nancy De Leon, Mandaluyong Teacher: 09395800219

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[Press Release] Teachers’ Dignity coalition (TDC-CEBU) defends colleague in hot seat

Teachers‘ Dignity coalition (TDC-CEBU) defends colleague in hot seat

The child abuse issue has reached every household in Cebu and has been a very familiar story for over two weeks now. The matter started when a teacher from Mandaue City reportedly forced her students to swallow paper as a punishment for not doing their classroom task. Another teacher from South Cebu reportedly slapped her student for not following his instruction. The list of cases goes on and it’s not only happening in Cebu but in the entire country as well.

We do not tolerate child abuse. If these are true, we will be the first to condemn the actions. But we appeal to the public not to condemn the teachers. A single mistake from a teacher does not mean that all teachers are sinners of the same sin. We shall not put our teachers on a public trial. Teachers like other dignified beings are protected by laws; a due process should be given to teachers or cases involving them. We also call on the DepEd to protect us and insist the innocence of teacher-suspect until proven guilty.

There are factors to consider in analyzing the cases of corporal punishment in schools. We appeal to the understanding of everyone. Please note that nobody would become a teacher if he or she does not love the children. Patience, sacrifice, understanding and most especially love for children are but natural qualities one needs in order for him or her to become a teacher. We believe that the Filipino teachers are the most patient and loving- because despite the low salaries and long years of neglect to them, they are still here serving the Filipino children. #
*This and other issues shall be discussed in a press conference called by TDC, DepEd National Employees’ Union (DepEd NEU) and Philippine Elementary School Principals Association (PESPA) this morning (September 27, 2012) at 10:00 o’clock at DepEd Ecotech Center, Lahug Cebu City.

For details:
Anabelle Dela Cerna, tdc Vice Chair for Visayas, 0929-6907602
Benjo Basas, TDC National Chair, 0920-5740241

PRESS RELEASE
September 26, 2012

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[Press Release] Teachers, DEPED employees welcome Teachers’ month celebration -TDC

Teachers, DEPED employees welcome Teachers’ month celebration

Teachers and employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) welcome the commencement of the National Teachers’ Month celebration in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 242 signed by President Benigno Aquino III last year.

“The non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) join our teachers in celebrating the National Teachers’ Month and we call on the Aquino government to provide better compensation to our teachers by declaring the P9000 salary increase of teachers and education workers and the provision of additional of additional P3000 personal emergency relief allowance as priority of his administration. That would be the best gift for the country’s unsung untiring teachers.” Said Atty. Domingo Alidon, president of the DepEd National Employess’ Union (DepEd NEU).

On his part, Benjo Basas, a public school teacher in Caloocan City and the national chairperson of Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) welcomes the celebration and express gratitude to the government for issuing a legal declaration of the celebration.

“We have been lobbying for a declaration of National Teachers’ Holiday every 5th of October, the day declared by UNESCO as World Teachers’ Day in 1994, yet the president gave us the whole month, from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month and we appreciate the gesture.” He said.

Basas noted that prior to last year’s declaration, the commemoration of October 5 was only marked by token celebrations. He also cited the official celebration of some countries in South East Asia which was began as early as 1956 in Malaysia, 1957 in Thailand and 1958 in Vietnam.

The TDC however said that the best way to celebrate the nobility of teaching profession is to recognize their value in terms of compensation and not through praises.

“Filipino teachers are among the world’s least paid teachers. Yet, the Philippine state recognizes the important role of teachers in the society and actually mandates that teachers should be given adequate remuneration and other means of job satisfaction and fulfilment.” Basas furthered quoting some provisions of 1987 Constitution.

Both groups push for the P9000increase in salaries of teachers and DepEd personnel which were pending before the Senate and the additional P3000 for their personal emergency relief allowance (PERA), both proposals were initiated by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

On Wednesday, September 5, some 200 members of the TDC with the support of NEU will stage ‘boodle fight’ to symbolize the socio-economic condition of public school teachers.

“We do hope that our lawmakers, who always exalt teachers in their political speeches, will not fail us.” Basas ended. #

For details:
Benjo Basas
TDC National Chair
0920-5740241/ 3853437

Atty. Domingo Alidon
President, DepEd NEU
0915-5427627/ 6371241

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[Press Release] Teachers call DEPED attention on delayed clothing allowance -TDC

Teachers call DEPED attention on delayed clothing allowance

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) called the attention of the Department of Education (DepEd) following reports on the delay of the teachers’ clothing and uniform allowance this year. According to the group, teachers from all over the country are complaining about the said delay.
Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson said that their Facebook page and email are bombarded by reports from teachers in the provinces and even from Metro Manila.

Basas said that in some divisions or cities some schools have already received the allowance while others have not like in Caloocan, and Quezon City. Still, some schools have released the full amount of P5000 while others have only released P4000.

Clothing and uniform allowance (C/UA) is an annual incentive for all the civilian government employees in the amount of P4000, but this year the amount was increased to P5000 and was given an allocation under the general appropriations act.
The DepEd earlier clarified that there could possibly be two releases, one for P4000 and another for the remaining P1000 since they are coming from different sources.

“We are aware that due to some technicalities and the bureaucratic process, the release of these kinds of allowance may suffer delays” Basas said.

“However, we want to call the attention of the DepEd on the reports that some school officials are asking clearance requirement from teachers before the release of their allowance which actually theirs.”
The group reiterated that there is no requirement needed for the release of clothing and uniform allowance as long as the teacher is qualified under the DBM Budget Circular 2012-1 released last February 23 and effective immediately.
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Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
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[In the news] Corporal punishment exposes children to abuse, violence -Cebu Daily News

Corporal punishment exposes children to abuse, violence

March 18, 2012

The home and school are considered first and second homes of children.

The safety of children in these places however is put to the test with the prevailing culture that still considers corporal punishment as part of the discipline regimen on children.

“Most of the reported cases of violence on children however happened at home,” said Emma Patalinghug, child welfare specialist of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

She said it’s already a cultural norm for most families to inflict corporal punishment whenever a child commits mistake.

“We can’t also blame the parents of these children. Probably they have also these experiences (of being disciplined when they were growing up),” Patalinghug said.

Wilfredo O. Tano, Administrative Officer of DepEd Region 7-Cebu City Division, said corporal punishment is still happening in schools.

Tano, currently the Dep-Ed’s education program supervisor of private schools, said the government’s policy is not to tolerate it.

The online edition of Encylopedia Brittanica defines corporal punishment as inflicting of phyical pain upon a person’s body as punishment for a crime or infraction..”

Nelma Ople, a 27-year-old mother of two, shared her experience in school corporal punishment 20 years ago.

She said her experience of being beaten up by teachers in Grade 1, as a form of disciple is still fresh in her memory.

“I was called by my teacher to answer on the board a division problem. For five minutes, I was still in front of the black board staring on my Mathematics book. I was scared because I don’t know the answer. The next thing I knew, my teacher got the book that I was holding and struck me at the back, hitting my head on the board,” she said in Cebuano.

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[Press Release] Family of murdered teacher cries justice, offers p100,00 reward -TDC

The family of Loida Pagatpat, a 59-year old teacher from Palanas, Masbate who was gunned down on February 3 inside her classroom is seeking justice for their mother. According to her son, Norman Pagatpat, they don’t want other people to suffer the same fate that is why they really want a closure to the case and an eventual end of violence in their province.

“Namatay ang mama ko nang walang kalaban-laban at ayaw na naming na maulit pa ito. Marami nang pinatay sa probinsiya ng Masbate na hindi naresolba ang kaso. Ganito kabulok ang sistema ng hustisya sa probinsiyang ito. ” Pagatpat said

The family is calling on the police and DepEd authorities to assist them in seeking justice for their dear mother, who according to them was good and loyal teacher and a very loving mother.

“Ang kanyang pagkamatay ay isang sampal na kahihiyan sa departamento ng edukasyon. Ayaw nang pumasok ang kanyang mga mag-aaral dahil sa takot sa naganp na pangyayari.” He furthered.

Also, the family offered a P100, 000.00 reward to anyone who could identify their mother’s killers.

“Ganito kami kaseryoso na matapos ang kasong ito. Kahit hindi kami mayaman nakahanda kaming magbigay ng pabuya sa sinumang makapagtutro sa mga pumaslang sa aming ina.” Pagatpat ended.

Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) again called on the authorities to ensure the safety of school personnel and students in areas like Masbate which has a history of armed conflict and lawless violence.

“The family of teacher Loida, her pupils, the community and the entire education sector deserve justice because this crime is not just a crime against an individual teacher; this is an attack against the entire profession.” Basas reiterates.

The group is monitoring the case through close coordination with the family of the slain teacher. #
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Reference:
Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241/ 3853437
Norman Pagatpat, 0949-4766727/ 0928-9494118

[Press Release] Caloocan City to subsidize teachers’ medical check-up -TDC

After 46 years, a provision of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (RA 4670) will be implemented for the first time in Caloocan City. The city’s school board decided to provide an amount to subsidize the annual medical examination of the city’s 5000 public school teachers in response to their appeal.

Section 22 of the 1966 vintage teachers’ Magna Carta provides for free annual medical check-up and treatment for public school teachers. However, according to the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), “the provision which is an obligation of the national government is often disregarded. Teachers have to shoulder the amount of yearly medical check-up, and even worse, hospitalization for certain diseases, which are most likely acquired due to the peculiarity of their work.”

Emelendo Arevalo, a teacher of Bagong Barrio National High School and the chairman of TDC’s local chapter in Caloocan City said, “While the law provides for a free, annual and compulsory medical examination for teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) has no enough funds for this, thus making it only compulsory each year but leaving the financial burden to teachers.”

Arevalo revealed that the expenses for the said health regulation range from P200.00 to P500.00 depending on the area “and it do not include the cost of transportation which again, according to law shall be reimbursed by the government entity paying the salary of teachers.”

In many areas, the respective local government units pay for their teachers’ medical expenses but in most cases, the teachers provide for their own.

Last year the TDC Caloocan City passed a resolution urging the city government to subsidize the annual medical exam for the city’s teachers and submitted it to the local school board (LSB) and the mayor’s office.

Last month, Coun. RJ Echiverri, chair of the city council’s Education Committee and a member of the LSB proposed the initial allotment of P1, 000, 000.00 for teachers’ medical check-up and was approved by the body.

According to Echiverri, the move is the city’s support both for the national government and the city’s teachers

Aside from the medical examination, the TDC also asked the city government to provide rice subsidy, fund for teachers’ cultural activities, additional local allowance and socialized housing program among others.

“If the national government cannot immediately provide these benefits, we will turn to the local government to augment our needs.” Arevalo ended.#
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Reference: Emelando Arevalo, TDC-Caloocan Chairman, 0928-2006828

Sec. 22. Medical Examination and Treatment. Compulsory medical examination shall be provided free of charge for all teachers before they take up teaching, and shall be repeated not less than once a year during the teacher’s professional life. Where medical examination show that medical treatment and/or hospitalization is necessary, same shall be provided free by the government entity paying the salary of the teachers.
In regions where there is scarcity of medical facilities, teachers may obtain elsewhere the necessary medical care with the right to be reimbursed for their traveling expenses by the government entity concerned in the first paragraph of this Section.

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