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[Statement] Natapos ang third quarter nang walang dumating na printed modules | TDC

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Natapos ang third quarter nang walang dumating na printed modules

Ngayong araw magtatapos ang Third Quarter para sa School Year 2020-2021 at magsisimula ang Fourth Quarter sa Lunes, Mayo 17, 2021.

Kung tutuusin ay halos patapos na ang kasalukuyang school year at papasok na uli tayo sa susunod na taong-pampaaralan, ang SY 2021-2022 na maagap na itinakda ng DepEd sa Agosto 23, 2021. Inaasahang distance learning muli ang sistema ng susunod na school year dahil na rin sa sitwasyon ng COVID sa ating bansa. At habang lubos ang suporta ng mga guro sa edukasyon sa ilalim ng pandemya, hindi naman maaaring pikitan natin ang mga pagkukulang ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon (DepEd) upang maihatid ang ipinangakong serbisyo para sa ating mga mag-aaral at mamamayan. Ang mga pagkukulang kasi na ito, bandang huli ay mga guro ang siyang magpupuno at mahihirapan.

Tama, natapos na ang third quarter pero hanggang ngayon ay marami pang mga paaralan sa halos lahat ng mga dibisyon- probinsiya at lungsod sa bansa ang wala pa ring printed modules. Kung mayroon man ay kulang na kulang ito o kaya’y soft copy lamang na ida-download ng mga guro ang ibinigay sa kanila.

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[Press Release] TDC, muling nanawagan sa DEPED na istriktong ipatupad ang work from home scheme sa mga guro

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TDC, muling nanawagan sa DEPED na istriktong ipatupad ang work from home scheme sa mga guro

Matapos ang muling pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa at ang pagsasailalim ng Metro Manila at mga karatig-lalawigan sa mas mahigpit quarantine rules, muling nanawagan ang TDC sa pamunuan ng DepEd na ipatupad ang alternative work arrangement (AWA) partikular ang work-from-home scheme.

“Expose na expose po ang mga guro natin sa virus dahil sa iba’t ibang mga gawain gaya ng face to seminars at meetings na puwede naman sanang gawing virtual. Mayroon ding ilang nire-require for home visitation maliban pa sa distribution at retrieval ng modules,” pahayag ni Benjo Basas, Pambansang Tagapangulo ng TDC.

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[Statement] Hindi kailangang ibabad sa isang linggong virtual inset ang mga guro | TDC

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Hindi kailangang ibabad sa isang linggong virtual inset ang mga guro
(Sagot ng TDC sa opisyal na pahayag ng DepEd ngayong araw, Marso 16, 2021)

Sa kabila ng malawak na pagtutol mula sa hanay ng kaguruan, ipinilit pa rin ng DepEd Central Office ang paglulunsad ng in-service training (INSET) sa pamamagitan pagpapanood lamang sa YouTube Live sa lahat ng guro.

Malinaw ang intensiyon ng memorandum na nilagdaan ni Undersecretary Alain Pascua noong Marso 4, 2021 (DepEd OUA MEMO 00-03-21-0063), ito ay para sa lahat ng mga guro, hindi boluntaryo at panonoorin ng live sa iisang platform, ang YouTube.

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[Press Release] Apela ng mga guro sa DEPED, pagpahingahin niyo naman kami! | TDC

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Apela ng mga guro sa DEPED, pagpahingahin niyo naman kami!
Virtual training na panonoorin sa youtube, hiniling na ipatigil

Mariing tinututulan ng mga guro sa pampublikong paaralan ang balak na pagsasagawa ng in-service training (INSET) ng Department of Education (DepEd) sa pamamagitan ng maghapong panonood lang sa YouTube sa loob ng isang linggo mula Marso 15 hanggang Marso 19.

“Hindi na nga magkandaugaga sa napakaraming trabaho ang mga guro ay ayaw pa rin kaming tigilan ng DepEd. Kung ang kalabaw at makina ay kailangang magpahinga, lalo pa ang mga guro dahil tao kami,” sabi ni Emmalyn Policarpio, guro sa Valenzuela City at Secretary-General ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC).

Dagdag pa ni Policarpio ay tila hindi umano nauunawaan ng pamunuan ng DepEd ang kalagayan ng mga guro na sa kasalukuyan ay hindi pa nga nakatatapos sa mga gawain ay dinagdagan na naman. Matatandaang nagkaroon ng adjustment sa school calendar ang DepEd sa pamamagitan ng isang kautusan ni Sec. Leonor Briones noong Marso 2 na nagsasabing magkakaroon ng karagdagang dalawang linggong remediation at intervention activities ang mga guro mula Marso 1 hanggang Marso 12 at sa Marso 15 hanggang 19 naman ay isasagawa ang school-based in-service training o INSET.

“Nagulat na lamang kami na biglang may lumabas na memo na nagsasbaing ang INSET sa March 15-19 ay magmumula sa DepEd Central Office at kami ay obligadong manood sa YouTube maghapon sa loob ng limang araw. Ito ba ay mas produktibo kesa sa iba naming gawain gaya ng pag-check sa modules, paggawa ng grades ng mga bata at mga reports na kailangang isumite?” Tanong ni Policarpio. “Dito pa lamang sa mga ito ay wala nang pahinga ang mga guro dadagdagan pa nila,” ayon muli sa kanya.

Ayon sa DepEd ay pinalawig ng halos isang buwan ang school calendar upang maisaayos ang learning gaps at mabigyan din ng pahinga ang mga batang mag-aaral. Ang sagot naman sa TDC ay dapat din umanong bigyan ng pahinga ang mga guro.

Sinegundahan naman ito ni Juanito Dona, Jr., Secretary-General ng Ating Guro Partylist (AGP). Ayon sa kanya, “Mawawalan ng saysay ang training na ito ukol sa online teaching sapagkat mas marami sa mga mag-aaral sa public school ay modular distance learning ang napiling modality. Kung sakali mang kailangan ang ganitong training, maaari naman itong gawin sa hinaharap, hindi ngayong panahon na ito.”

Nababahala rin umano ang AGP sa sitwasyon ngayon ng mga guro na tila ba wala nang patid sa paggampan sa kanilang trabaho na maaaring naisasakripisyo na ang kanilang kalusugan.

“Ang santambak na clerical tasks, online meetings, webinars at pisikal na mga trabaho ay maaaring makasama sa kalusugan ng ating mga guro. Idagdag pa ang stress na dulot ng pandemya, baka kailangan muna nating tiyakin ang kalusugan ng mga guro- physically, psychologically at mentally,” dagdag pa ni Dona.

Ayon pa rin sa dalawang grupo ay hindi man lang umano kinunsulta ang mga guro hinggil sa planong ito ng DepEd o tinanong man lang nila ang opinyon o damdamin ng mga karaniwang guro na araw-araw humaharap sa mga pagsubok magampanan lamang ang kanilang tungkulin.

“Sana naman po ay pakinggan ng ating Kalihim Liling Briones ang aming hinaing at agad na niyang ipatigil ang INSET na ito at hayaan na lamang magpasya ang mga paaralan at indibidwal na mga guro sa kung paanong paraan nila magagawa ang kanilang mga trabaho. At kung maaari sana ay ideklara na lamang na pahinga ng mga guro ang isang linggong ito,” ayon muli kay Policarpio.

Bagamat hinihingi ng mga guro ang isang linggong break, ayon sa kanila ay hindi rin umano ito masasabing pahinga sapagkat kailangan pa rin nilang tapusin ang mga gawain matapos ang second quarter.

Samatala, pormal nang umapela sa DepEd ang TDC hinggil sa bagay na ito, ayon sa sulat ni TDC National Chairperson Benjo Basas kay Sec. Briones, “We therefore appeal to your office to withdraw the said memorandum which forces our 900, 000 teachers to participate in a virtual INSET via YouTube, cancel this plan for now and give teachers time to breathe, a little at least, while doing other paperwork. And while contemplating the details of the next INSET, perhaps the department could give better efforts at providing for internet expense of teachers. Internet connection exceeds ₱1,000 a month yet the miniscule ₱300 monthly communication expenses reimbursement promised under DepEd Order No. 38, s. 2020 have yet to be realized in many schools.”

Isang online petition din ang magkasamang inilunsad ng TDC at AGP para kumalap ng suporta ng mga guro.#

For details:

Emmlayn Policarpio, TDC Secretary-General, 0923-0819751
JR Dona, Ating Guro Partylist Secretary-General, 0965-5470700

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[Press Release] TDC welcomes dismissal of DEPED plan to reduce teachers’ vacation period

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TDC welcomes dismissal of DEPED plan to reduce teachers’ vacation period

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) welcomes the statement from the Department of Education (DepEd) that it will no longer pursue the plan to impose a “two-week vacation” prior to the opening of the next school year.

“Teachers, by tradition and by rules are entitled to a two-month school break and the DepEd cannot just disregard this, it’s a matter of right,” said TDC National Chairperson Benjo Basas.

In a radio interview this morning, Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction said that the agency will no longer propose a two-week break between school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 following criticisms from netizens opposing the plan, which made the matter a trending topic in several social media platforms last week.

The TDC earlier said that a school break of only two weeks between two academic years is unacceptable especially that distance learning has been physically, mentally and psychologically exhausting both for teachers and learners.

Yesterday, the DepEd has released the DepEd Order No. 12, s. 2021 providing for the new schedule of activities under the current school year, extending it further to July 10, among other changes. Said Order, however does not provide for the school break between the SY 2020-2021 and SY 2021-2022.

“Since there are now changes in the schedule, the two-month break should be adjusted as well,” Basas ended.

Basas said that this is only a proof that DepEd can make sound policies if they will listen to their stakeholders, especially the teachers. In a hearing of the Senate Education Committee this morning, Basas reiterated that DepEd should include the teachers, the front liners in education sector in crafting its policies. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0927-3356375
NEWS RELEASE
March 3, 2021

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[Press Release] DEPED asked to officially clarify the reported extension of SY 2020-2021 | TDC

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DEPED asked to officially clarify the reported extension of SY 2020-2021

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) has asked the DepEd to officially respond to a circulating Facebook and SMS message from unknown sources which claims that there will be changes in the schedules of the on-going school year beginning today, March 1, 2021.

“May we respectfully ask your office about the veracity of the said message which is widely circulating since last week,” said Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson in a letter addressed to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.

The message, TDC said is purportedly an “important announcement and instruction” from a certain “RD” that based on the “ManCom” meeting last February 24, an academic break from March 1 to March 12 will be imposed and an “Inset” for teachers is set on March 15 to March 19. Furthermore, the message announced that the schedule of Quarters 3 and 4 will be moved to March 22 to May 15 and May 17 to July 10, respectively. Finally, it says that the new closing date for the current school year is on July 10, 2021.

The source of the message, however is still unknown, whether there is a ManCom (Management Committee) meeting of the DepEd is yet to be confirmed by the authorities. Earlier though, the DepEd through Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, the undersecretary in-charge for curriculum and instruction said that the agency is planning to extend the current school year and provide a “two-week summer break” before the start of school year 2021-2022. The proposal met criticisms from the teachers and the general public and even became a trending topic in social media.

Basas said that they have received several queries on the legitimacy of the message but could not confirm if it was really coming from a DepEd official as the text would claim. Thus, the group urged the DepEd to release official memorandum or statement so as not to further create confusion in the field. He said that there were reports that teachers were told to prepare for the two-week academic break for learners and in-service training for teachers and that classes will resume on March 22. The general instruction from school officials in the field still, was to wait for an official memorandum.

“Clearly, there are conflicting instructions. And we hope the DepEd would immediately clear this matter to prevent further confusion in the field,” Basas said emphasizing that both the learners and teachers need such break. “We believe that we should give our students a break from taxing academic activities and our teachers from stressful and physically exhausting tasks,” he added.

The TDC also asked the DepEd about its plans on the opening date of school year 2021-2022, according the group, the planned ‘two-week break’ between the two academic years “will not be acceptable.”

“Teachers are entitled to a two-month school break and if the DepEd will modify the scheduled end of current school year, they should also provide for a two-month vacation for our teachers who have been tirelessly working since June 1 of 2020,” Basas ended.

The TDC once again has formally asked the DepEd management for a dialogue to discuss this and other equally important matters. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, 09273356375
NEWS REALEASE
March 1, 2021

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[Press Release] Mga Guro Umalma sa Planong Two-week School Break ng DEPED -TDC

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Mga Guro Umalma sa Planong Two-week School Break ng DEPED

“Hindi naman totoong nabawasan ang trabaho ng mga guro. Sa katunayan ay nadagdagan pa nga dahil sa tumaas ang dependency sa technology at mga clerical tasks. Kung dalawang linggo lamang ang ibibigay na break bago ang susunod na school year, aba’y baka hindi matapos ang mga trabaho and worse, hindi talaga makapagpapahinga ang mga guro natin,” ito ang naging reaksiyon ni Benjo Basas, Pambansang Tagapangulo ng TDC sa plano ng Department of Education (DepEd) na palawigin pa ang kasalukuyang school year at bawasan ang dalawang buwang school break at gawin na lamang itong dalawang linggo.

Sa pahayag ng DepEd sa pamamagitan ni Undersecretary Disodado San Antonio, sinabi ng ahensiya na maaaring pang palawigin ng dalawang linggo ang school year 2020-2021 at iksian ang tradisyunal na dalawang buwang bakasyon bago ang susunod na school year.

“Nagtataka naman po kami sa planong ito ng DepEd, sapagkat kung totoo na 99.37% ng mga mag-aaral ang nakakumpleto ng mga requirements noong first quarter at 80% ang rating ng ahenisya sa implementation ng distance learning system, bakit kailangan pa nilang mag-exted?” Tanong ni Basas. “Kahit pa ilang linggong extension ang ibigay kung mananatili ang kakulangan sa modules, kawalan ng access sa teknolohiya, limitadong oras o kakayahan ng mga magulang tulungan ang mga anak at ang mababang interes ng mga mag-aaral, mawawalan rin ito ng saysay,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon sa grupo ay maaari namang paiksiin ang school break ngunit hindi naman anila sasapat ang dalawang linggo upang makatugon sa mga hinihinging trabaho ng mga guro sa pagtatapos ng school year. Hindi rin umano ito magiging praktikal dahil “mawawalan ng oras upang makapagpahinga man lang ang mga guro na siyang pumasan sa bigat ng mga gawain dahil sa daming mga pagkukulang ng sistsema bago pa man buksan ang klase noong Oktubre 2020.”

Sa huli, muling hiniling ng TDC sa pamunuan ng DepEd na maging bukas ang ahensiya sa dayalogo upang makita ng mga namumuno ang tunay na kalagayan sa ibaba at upang maipahayag naman ng mga guro ang aktuwal nilang karanasan.

“Itong mga nakaraang pahayag ng DepEd ay nagpapatunay na hindi nakalubog sa reyalidad ng public school system ang mga namumuno sa Central Office. Sa ganitong aspeto namin nais na tumulong at ipakita sa ating mahal na Kalihim at mga matataas na opisyal ng kagawaran ang tunay na kalagayan ng mga guro at mag-aaral sa ilalim nitong distance learning system,” pagtatapos ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC ay handa umano silang makipagtulungan sa DepEd upang makapagsagawa ng plano ang ahensiya na nakabatay sa mga tunay na sitwasyon at masolusyonan ang mga nakikitang suliranin.

For details:
Benjo Basas, 09273356375

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[Statement] Fair and Just Promotion System Will Avert Cheating -TDC

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Fair and Just Promotion System Will Avert Cheating
(Statement on Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian’s ‘ready-made research for sale’ expose)

Cheating is stealing. And as we go up the ladder, the wider and deeper the impact on our nation, and therefore the culpability of perpetrators, gravest. TDC condemns this deplorable dishonesty that puts the integrity of our system in question. Falsification of academic achievements is never acceptable.

The broader implication of these misdeeds is that this frightening culture of cheating favors the unscrupulous and incompetent. We are actually installing the worst people possible in key positions, putting Philippine education in the sad state it is right now in. We can do without this kind of individuals.

It is easy to see that some of the guilty ones may have felt that cheating was the only way to level the playing field and get back what has been stolen from them in the first place. Still, we cannot excuse them.

And then there are those who do it out of sheer greed, the rest of us be damned. These individuals must be pursued and dealt with according to law.

Parallel to this, the Department of Education (DepEd) must demonstrate sincerity and resolve in ensuring a fair and credible promotion system. One that is not blinded by mere theses or other “academic achievements.”

Picture this: As the greedy and dishonest go on frenzy over high paying positions, oft times cannibalizing each other, the hard working, talented and honest teachers labor their lives away for decades, with no hope of ever getting the promotion they so very well deserve. Who loses here the most but the Filipino people?

If the DepEd therefore, is serious about its duties both to the Filipino people and our beloved teachers, let them provide all teachers honest-to-goodness, no-nonsense trainings. Let the DepEd access the best minds in both the private and public sectors. We can take a look at the best performing systems in the ASEAN region and learn from them.

It is long overdue that the DepEd fulfilled the now half-a-century old Magna Carta for Public School Teachers. The law provides for a workload conducive for teachers’ academic growth, a paid study leave for them, and a favorable merit system, among other benefits. Let the department, therefore, make into reality the professional growth and upward mobility of our teachers as etched in law. And let it be for all teachers from the big cities, all the way to the far-flung areas around the country.

For details:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0927-3356375

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[Press Release] P300 Communication Reimbursement, Dapat Umanong Ibigay sa Lahat ng Guro-TDC

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P300 Communication Reimbursement, Dapat Umanong Ibigay sa Lahat ng Guro

“Kakarampot na nga, Pahirapan pa Bago Makuha!” Ito ang reklamo ng mga guro sa communication expenses reimbursement na nagkakahalaga ng P300 sa mga guro at kawani ng DepEd na gumampan sa kanilang tungkulin mula Marso hanggang Disyembre ng taong ito.

Sa isang YouTube video ni Teacher Emmlayn Policarpio, Secretary-General ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) ay mapapanood ang sentimyemto ng mga guro hinggil sa kautusang ito ng DepEd. Ayon sa kanya, nagkakaisa umano ang sentimyento ng mga guro hinggil sa bagay na ito. “Ang hinihiling po namin sa DepEd ay ibigay ang kabuuang halagang P3, 000 sa lahat ng mga guro sapagkat lahat naman kami ay qualified sa mga makatatanggap sa simpleng dahilan na lahat kami ay gumastos ng mahigit sa P3, 00.00 kada buwan mula noong Marso,” giit ni Policarpio.

Ayon sa DepEd Order No. 38, s. 2020, maaaring makakuha ng monthly reimbursement ang mga guro na gumastos para sa cellular phone load, internet data at iba pang gastusin sa komunikasyon basta nakapagsumite lamang ng resibo o anumang patunay sa kanilang gastusin mula Marso hanggang Disyembre 2020. Para naman sa TDC, lahat ng guro ay gumastos ng load para sa pagtawag, pag-text, pag-FB message sa kanilang mga mag-aaral at magulang pati na ang gastos sa internet para sa mga online meetings, webinars, downloading ng forms at iba pa.

Dagdag pa ng grupo, hindi umano sapat ang P300 dahil aabot sa mahigit P2, 000 ang gastos ng isang guro sa isang buwan.

“Natutuwa kami dahil mayroong ilalaang P300 para sa aming nagastos bagamat kulang na kulang ito. Pero sana huwag nang pahirapan sa reimburesement ang mga guro. Maghahanap pa ba kami ng resibo sa loading station o tindahan mula Marso para makakuha niyan? Paano kung hindi kami maka-produce? Hindi na bibigyan?” Dagdag pa ni Policarpio.

Partikular na tinukoy ng grupo ang mga guro na hindi na makakakkuha ng reimbursement ay yaong mga nagpapa-load lamang ng pre-paid data sa mga tindahan, yaong nakiki-share lamang ng internet at nagbabayad sa kapitbahay at maging yaong mga guro na hindi sa kanila nakapangalan ang internet o phone connection sa kanilang tahanan.

“Kung gusto talaga kaming tulungan ng DepEd upang mabawasan naman ang bigat ng gastusin, huwag na sanang gawing mahirap para sa amin ang reimbursement. Ibigay na ito sa lahat,” pagtatapos niya.

Muling iginiit ng TDC na dapat umanong sagutin ng gobyerno ang laptop at internet expenses ng mga guro sapagkat pangunahin nilang pangangailangan ang mga ito sa kanilang pagtuturo. #

For details:
Emmalyn Policarpio, Secretary-General
0923-0819751
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOU-lzA6ArI

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[Statement] Reaksiyon ng TDC sa planong dry-run ng face to face classes sa Enero

Reaksiyon ng TDC sa planong dry-run ng face to face classes sa Enero

Bagamat boluntaryo, hindi pa rin makatitiyak na magiging ligtas ang mga bata, guro at magulang kung sakaling itutuloy itong dry-run para sa face to face classes. Ayon sa mga pag-aaral, ang mga bata ay maaaring maging ‘super spreader’ ng virus kung silan’y mahahawaan. Kung sakaling opsiyunal man ito sa mga mag-aaral, maaring hindi ito opsiyunal sa ating mga guro. Sa nakalipas na mga buwan, nakapagtala ang DepEd ng malaking bilang ng mga guro na nahawaan ng COVID-19 at sa kasawiang-palad, hindi nakahanda ang DepEd na mabigyan ng mga kaukulang tulong ang mga nabanggit na guro. Ito’y kahit pa malinaw na ang mga kaso ng hawaan ay nakuha nila dahil sa paggampan sa kanilang trabaho.

Sa ganang amin, kailangang maisaalang-alang ang mahahalagang bagay tulad ng sitwasyon ng COVID sa komunidad, kapasidad ng mga paaralan at LGU sa pagpapatupad ng health protocols, kahandaan ng mga tulong na maaaring kailanganin ng paaralan at komunidad at ang kahandaan din ng ating mga guro para sa ganitong sitwsyon. Kung hindi ito maisasagawa, marahil ay mainam na ituloy na lamang ang nasimulang distance-learning modalities sa kabila ng napakaraming pagkukulang nito. Sapagkat kung sakaling magsagawa ng limited face to face classes, tiyak na iilang komunidad lamang ang maaaring makapagsagawa nito at iilang bata lamang ang maaaring makasama sa programa.

Dapat bumaba mula sa kanilang mga tanggapan ang mga opisyal ng DepEd Central Office at tingnan ang mga tunay na kalagayan sa mga paaralan sa buong bansa upang makapagsagawa ng mga tamang polisiyang tutugon sa mga problema. Higit sa lahat, konsultahin sana ng DepEd ang kanyang mga guro. Lahat ng mga plano at programang ipinatupad ng DepEd mula nang maisailalim sa trahedya ng pandemya ang bansa ay walang itong ginawang malalimang konsultasyon sa kanyang mga guro, ang frontliners ng edukasyon.

Maaari namang maghintay sa inaasahang bakuna bago ituloy ang face to face classes.


For details:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0927-3356375

PAHAYAG
Disyembre 15, 2020

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[Statement] Teachers, praise Senate for proposed teaching aids allowance, but reiterate the need for laptop and internet connectivity -TDC

#HumanRights #Education Teachers, praise Senate for proposed teaching aids allowance but reiterate the need for laptop and internet connectivity

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

We appreciate the Senate’s approval of the P10, 000 Teaching Aids Allowance for our public school teachers in a unanimous decision yesterday. This will raise the said allowance from the current P3,500 to a maximum of P10,000 by 2024. However, the proposed amount will not be enough to meet the requirements of our teachers in the new modes of teaching where gadgets and internet connectivity are daily necessities. This P10, 000 teaching aids allowance which will be in full only by the year 2024 could help out teachers in a normal school setting but could not answer for urgent needs like laptop computers, smartphones, printers, and essential internet connectivity. We hope that our legislators and the DepEd management would still consider the provision of laptop and internet allowance for all our public school teachers.

Reference:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chair
09273356375
STATEMENT
November 10, 2020

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[Press Release] DEPED, hinamon na ipatupad ang mga polisiyang pabor sa mga guro -TDC

#HumanRights #Teachers DEPED, hinamon na ipatupad ang mga polisiyang pabor sa mga guro

Kinilala ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) ang bagong nilabas na memorandum ng DepEd Central Office hinggil sa ilang pagbabago sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning education. Ang Memorandum OUCI-2020-307 na may pamagat na SUGGESTED MEASURES TO FOSTER “ACADEMIC EASE” DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC na nilagdaan ni Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio noong Oktubre 30 ay tugon umano ng ahensiya sa mga nakita nilang karanasan ng mga mag-aaral, magulang at guro sa pagpapatupad ng Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

“Kinikilala namin ito sapagkat patunay lamang ito na may mga bagay na nalimutang ikunsidera ang DepEd sa pagpipilit nitong buksan ang school year 2020-2021. Nakita naman natin ang epekto sa lahat- bata, magulang guro, lahat sila ay may mga kinakaharap na mga pagsubok at hirap dahil sa pagpapatupad ng online at modular learning modalities ng DepEd,” ani Benjo Basas, National Chairperson ng TDC.

Ayon kay Basas, hindi umano makaagapay ang mga bata at magulang sa dalawang pangunahing pamamaraan ng pag-aaral ngayon. Maliban umano sa kakulangan sa mga gadgets at mahinang internet connectivity ay problema rin ang kakulangan o sadyang kawalan ng modules na ang mga guro umano ang siyang gumagawa ng paraan.

“Hindi madaling mag-aral sa mga ganitong kaparaanan, lalong hindi madaling magturo kung hindi sapat ang kagamitan at pangangailangan ng mga guro. Sa maraming pagkakataon pa nga, mga guro ang nagpupuno sa kakulangan ng sistema,” dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ilan sa mga pagbabagong ipatutupad ng DepEd ay ang pagpapalawig ng first quarter mula Nobyembre 28 hanggang Disyembre 12, paglulunsad ng in-service training (INSET) sa mga guro bago ang holiday break, pagbabawas ng mga gawain ng mag-aaral at maging ng mga self-learning modules sa mga susunod na quarters, pagtatalaga ng mga learning support aides (LSA) sa mga bata at pamilyang nahihirapan sa modular learning at ang pagbibigay-diin sa pagtuturo ng mga guro kaysa sa ibang gawain. Ayon pa rin sa memorandum, “Schools should put premium on the instructional tasks of teachers in their workload or assignments (e.g. teachers should not be burdened on printing and distribution of modules).”

Ayon pa sa TDC, maganda umano ang polisiyang ito upang matulungan ang mga guro na gumampan nang mas mabuti sa kanilang pagtuturo, subalit dapat umanong tiyakin ng DepEd na maipatutupad ito.

“No doubt, DepEd has many good policies gaya niyang sa working hours at itong work from home na default set-up sa AWA (alternative work arrangement). Then we have this latest one that says ‘teachers should not be burdened on printing and distribution of modules.’ Ang problema sa DepEd, kapag pabor sa mga guro ang polisiya ay hindi ito kayang ipatupad. Kaya sa huli, mga teacher pa rin ang kailangang mag-adjust o mag-suffer,” paliwanag ni Basas.

Hinamon din ng TDC ang DepEd na ipagbawal ang physical reporting sa mga guro para gumampan sa mga gawaing hindi esensiyal gaya ng reproduction at sorting ng modules at iba pang mga gawaing maaari namang gampanan habang sila ay nasa bahay alinsunod sa mga nauna nang kautusan ng DepEd at CSC.

“Perhaps there is a need for a DepEd Memorandum or Order that will particularly and explicitly state that production and sorting of modules should not be done by teachers and prohibit field officials from requiring them to do such tasks. Yun naman ang sabi ng DepEd kahit sa Congressional hearings at budget deliberation eh. Patunayan nila na totoo ang kanilang sinasabi sa Kongreso at sa media at patunayan nila na handang-handa nga sa pagbubukas ng klase ang ahensiya,” pagtatapos ni Basas.

Isang buwan matapos ang pagbubukas ng klase noong Oktubre, nananatiling naghihintay ang TDC sa tugon ng DepEd sa kanilang kahilingan sa dayalogo. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, 09273356375
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[Press Release] Daan-daang magagarang sasakyan binili ng DEPED, mga guro halos mamamalimos para sa modules-TDC

#HumanRights #Teachers Daan-daang magagarang sasakyan binili ng DEPED, mga guro halos mamamalimos para sa modules

Ikinalungkot ng mga guro ang mga ulat na bumili ng magagarang sasakyan ang Department of Education (DepEd) para umano magamit sa isinasagawang inspection ng mga inhinyero nito sa mga paaralan.

“Alam naman natin na mahalaga ang trabaho ng mga engineers, pero sa panahong ito, marapat lamang na ituon ang pagtustos sa mga prayoridad para sa pag-aaral ng mga bata,” ayon kay Benjo Basas, Pambansang Tagapangulo ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC).

Ayon sa mga ulat, kamakailan ay naibigay na ng Mitsubishi Motors Carworld Pampanga ang may 166 unit ng Mitsubishi Strada sa DepEd. Ang isang unit nito umano ay may halagang mahigit sa 1.4 milyong piso at karagdagan ito sa mga nauna nang binili ng DepEd noong nakaraang taon kaya may kabuuang bilang na 254 unit na ang nabili ng DepEd.

Sinang-ayunan naman ng ilang netizen ang pahayag ng TDC. Ayon sa komento ng gurong si J-Me Mangrobang Dayao, “Next time tiisin na natin kung ano na lang ang meron. Kung wala silang ibibigay na supply, so be it. Nakakasawa na ring mag-abono at mamalimos tapos makikita mo lang na ganito.”

Idinagdag naman ni Basas na hindi umano magandang senyal sa publiko ang ipinapakita ng DepEd lalo pa’t nahihihirapang gumampan ng tungkulin ang mga guro dahil sa limitasyon sa transportasyon at ang iba sa kanila ay humihingi pa nga ng donasyon sa pribadong sektor o umaasa sa ayuda ng lokal na pamahalaan para lamang matustusan ang pangangailangan sa modules.

Umayon dito si Antonio Andaya, Jr., guro sa Malolos City at isa rin sa mga tumulong sa produksiyon ng modules sa kanilang paaralan. “It is a matter of priorities, priority ba yung vehicles for the DepEd engineers? So teachers are not? Especially those that we see who had to go thru so many natural rough terrains just to get to their destinations? Looking at the logistical support provided for teachers, it is the LGUs, who are in the forefront in this. Anyway, let us hope that these vehicles do add to the quality of education in the country,” aniya.

Ayon sa mga guro ay hindi umano makatwiran ang dahilan ng DepEd sa pagbili ng mga sasakyan na ayon sa ahenisya ay upang magamit ng mga engineers nito sa inspeksiyon.

“Anong gusali ba ang iinspeksiyunin ngayon? Gaano ba kahirap puntahan ang mga sinasabi nilang paaralan? At gaano ba kadalas itong dapat inspeksiyunin? Kasi kung mayroon mang mas nangangailangan ng sasakyan sa panahong ito ng distance learning, iyon ay ang mga frontliners ng DepEd- ang mga education supervisors na dapat magbigay ng gabay sa instruksiyon, ang mga principals na mangunguna sa implementasyon at ang mga guro na aktuwal na nagpupunta sa mga paaralan at komunidad araw-araw para abutin ang mga bata at kanilang magulang,” paliwanag ni Basas.

Ayon pa sa grupo ay lubos ang sakrpisyong kailangang ibigay ng mga dahil sa pagbubukas ng klase sa gitna ng pandemya at bagamat sinasabi ng DepEd na work-from-home ang dapat na sistema sa mga guro ay hidi umano ito totoo.

“Pinagre-report sa paaralan araw-araw ang mga guro kahit wala namang esensyal na gawain. Ito ay sa kabila ng limitadong transportasyon at kung mayroon man ay napakamahal ng pamasahe araw-araw para lamang masunod ang kagustuhan ng DepEd. Pero baliktad, ang mga taga-Division Office at hindi ang mga guro binigyan ng sasakyan,” dagdag ni Basas.

Nais din umano ng grupo ang isang malinaw na ulat kung paanong ginugol ang 9 bilyong pisong pondo ng DepEd na laan sa modules para sa first at second quarters gayong mga LGUs, pribadong sektor at mismong mga guro ang gumastos sa malaking bahagi ng produksiyon nito.

“Kahit saang anggulo natin tingnan, hindi po marapat na bumili ng daan-daang magagarang sasakyan ang DepEd samantalang halos mamalimos ang kanyang mga guro magkaroon lamang ng modules ang mga mag-aaral. Ano ba ang prayoridad nila?” Pagtatapos ni Basas.

Muling hiniling ng grupo sa pamunuan ng DepEd ang bukas na talakayan at konsultasyon sa kanilang hanay upang marinig naman ang kanilang tinig at maisaalang-alang sa mga gagawing hakbang ng ahensiya. Ayon sa kanila ay nakahanda naman umano ang mga guro sa isang dayalogo sa pamunuan ng DepEd, pero tila wala itong pakialam sa mga opinyon at sentimyento ng mga guro. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chair
0927-3356375
TEACHERS’ DIGNITY COALITION (TDC)
Telephone No: (02) 6920-296/ 0917-1138336
4443 BCL Homes, Independence St., Gen.T. De Leon, Valenzuela City

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[Press Release] Teachers commend DEPED-NCR for a clear policy on work-from-home set-up, challenge the central office to implement its order -TDC

#HumanRights #Education Teachers commend DEPED-NCR for a clear policy on work-from-home set-up, challenge the central office to implement its order

While the issue of work arrangement during the pandemic has been a contested matter in most parts of the country, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) recognizes the clear-cut instruction from DepEd-NCR Regional Office which according to them is in accordance with the letters and spirit of the DepEd Order NO. 11, 2020, or the alternative work arrangement in the agency during the national health emergency.

“We appreciate this initiative from the DepEd-NCR regional director, a proof that he not only abides by the orders of the higher-ups but more importantly, he empathizes with the teachers and cares for their welfare,” said Ildefonso Enguerra III, a teacher in Manila and the president of TDC-NCR Teachers’ Union (TDC-NCRTU), the group’s regional chapter in Metro Manila.

In the said memorandum released by DepEd-NCR Director Malcolm Garma last week, the official reiterated that teachers are generally “in work from home arrangement except those authorized by the regional director.” The memorandum added that teachers “may physically report to school voluntarily and on a limited basis only” to accomplish several tasks that cannot be done remotely.

“We received reports even from the NCR that teachers were required to report physically to their schools to accomplish tasks like printing and sorting of learning modules. We reject it for these tasks are not in our job description as teachers, except if teachers would want to do it voluntarily. Since there is a national policy and the DepEd in several occasions had expressed that the modules are already prepared prior to the opening of classes, there is no need for our overburdened teachers to further work physically for these modules,” Enguerra added.

The NCR memorandum further said that a maximum of 30% of the total workforce- teaching and non-teaching may be asked to report to school to help in the distribution of gadgets and for the retrieval and replenishment of modules “but not in printing, sorting and packing of modules and learner packets.”

Meanwhile, Emmalyn Policarpio, the Secretary-General of TDC said that the DepEd Order NO. 11, s. 2020 should be implemented with uniformity.

“If the DepEd-NCR director can follow the order, why others cannot?” She asked. “We recognize that there are circumstances that would necessitate physical reporting, but it should not be done on a daily basis and shall not involve all the teachers,” Policarpio added.

Policarpio, a teacher in Valenzuela City and also the Vice President of TDC-NCRTU cited a memorandum obtained from the official website of DepEd Cebu Province directing “all teachers, school-based non-teaching personnel, school heads, and PSDSs to report daily in their respective stations starting Monday, October 19, 2020, except those with health comorbidities.” The said memorandum signed by Dr. Marilyn Andales, the school’s division superintendent for Cebu province further directed all teachers, school-based non-teaching staff, school heads, and supervisors “to stay and do their work/activities in respective classrooms and offices (while no pupil is around)” purportedly to adhere to the IATF’s Social Distancing Measure and prevent further spread of Covid-19 virus.

“This memorandum from Cebu for instance has contradictions in itself,” Policarpio said. According to her, the DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2020 and several clarifications issued by the DepEd Central Office clearly reiterated that the default work arrangement for teachers is the work-from-home (WFH) scheme. She added that “The Order further said that physical or on-site reporting shall only be considered if the tasks and functions of the personnel cannot be rendered through alternative or remote modalities, subject to strict guidelines in consideration of IATF, CSC and DepEd rules. Is checking of modules or conduct of online classes be strictly done in school?”

The TDC, through Policarpio, has sent a letter addressed to Secretary Leonor Briones prior to the October 5 opening of classes to seek clarification on the work arrangements that will be implemented for DepEd classroom teachers and other employees beginning October 5.

“The Central Office must step in. In order to make things clear and to avoid comparison and confusion in the field and to eliminate the hashtag #SanaAll in social media posts of our teachers. We are in one department, yet we have so many contradicting policies from one place to another. The implementation and the hashtag should be #DapatAll,” Policarpio ended.

The DepEd has yet to respond to the formal letter of the TDC referring to the DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2020 and the subsequent clarification under DM-PHRODFO-2020-00198 issued by Undersecretaries Revsee A. Escobedo and Jesus L.R. Mateo on June 22, 2020. Undersecretary Escobedo, in fact, made two formal replies addressed to Policarpio dated July 9, 2020, and August 9, 2020, affirming the validity of TDC’s claim that work-from-home is the default set-up regardless of the quarantine category. Metro Manila is placed under GCQ while Cebu is under a more relaxed MGCQ.

For details:
Ildefonso “Nono” Engeurra III, TDC-NCRTU President
0908-1637529
Emmalyn Policarpio, Secretary-General
0923-0819751

NEWS RELEASE
October 21, 2020

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[Press Release] Mga Guro, muling nanawagan na itigil na ang produksiyon ng modules -TDC

#HumanRights #Education Mga Guro, muling nanawagan na itigil na ang produksiyon ng modules

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

Dalawang linggo matapos ang pagbubukas ng klase noong Oktubre 5, muling nanawagan ang Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) sa Department of Education (DepEd) na ipatigil na ang pag-iimprenta ng modules na ginagamit ngayon sa mga pampublikong paaralan.

“Sapat na ang dalawang linggo para makita natin at mapatunayan na hindi talaga uubra ang modules na ito. Napakalaki na ng ginugugol na halaga para dito ngunit hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin ito sapat. Maliban pa sa nakita nating problema sa kung paano ito isasagawa ng ating mga mag-aaral at kanilang mga magulang. Sana naman ay ikonsidera na ng DepEd ang agarang pagpapatigil sa produksiyon nito upang maisalba rin ang malaking halagang maaaring masayang mula sa buwis ng taumbayan,” pahayag ni Benjo Basas, national chairperson ng TDC.

Ayon pa kay Basas, maliban sa maraming nakitang mga pagkakamali sa learning modules ay hindi pa maayos ang pagkakaimprenta ng marami dito sapagkat nagkanya-kanya ang mga paaralan sa pag-iimprenta. Matatandaang noon pang kalagitnaan ng Setyembre ay nanawagan na ang grupo na huwag nang gumamit ng modules dahil sa malaking gastos dito at sa halip ay gumamit na lamang ng mga aklat na mas matibay at mas matipid.

Sinabi rin ng grupo na ito ay isang patunay lamang na hindi talaga nakahanda ang ahenisya taliwas sa paulit-ulit nitong mga pahayag.

“Sabi ng DepEd ay handang-handa na sila sa pasukan at itinuring pang tagumpay ang pagbubukas ng klase. Pero bakit ganito ang nangyari? Bakit hindi pa nakahanda ang modules na bandang huli ay DepEd Central Office din mismo ang nagsabi na nahihirapang makaagapay ang mga mag-aaral. Sa lahat ng pagkukulang na ito ng DepEd, mga guro ang nagdusa, mula pag-aabono sa modules, reklamo ng mga magulang at sobrang bigat na mga gawain,” dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ayon pa sa TDC, dapat umanong agarang gumawa ng pahayag at polisiya ang DepEd na iniuurong na ang paggagawa ng modules alinsunod na rin sa mga naunang pahayag ni Sec. Leonor Briones.

“Si Sec. Briones na mismo ang nagsabi na magastos at may malaking implikasyon sa kapaligiran ang paggamit ng modules, baka raw maubos ang mga puno natin dahil sa malaking pangangailangan sa papel. Yun naman pala eh, bakit kailangan pang ipilit nang ipilit ito?” Tanong ni Basas.

Ang panawagan sa paggamit ng mga aklat sa halip na modules ay pormal na ring naisumite ng TDC sa dalawang kapulungan ng Kongreso maging sa Malacanang bago pa man magbukas ang klase noong Oktubre 5.#

Para sa mga detalye:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
09273356375/ 09230819750

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[Press Release] TDC pinuri ang DEPED sa planong bawasan ang gawain ng mga bata, ngunit hiniling din na tingnan ang kalagayan ng mga guro

#HumanRights #Education TDC pinuri ang DEPED sa planong bawasan ang gawain ng mga bata, ngunit hiniling din na tingnan ang kalagayan ng mga guro

Ikinatuwa ng mga guro ang pahayag ng Department of Education (DepEd) na babawasan umano ang mga gawain ng mga mag-aaral na nasa ilalim ng modular distance learning modality. Ito ang naging tugon ng kagawaran sa mga reklamo mula sa mga mag-aaral, magulang at maging mga guro na natatambakan umano ng maraming gawain at nahihirapan nang husto ang mga bata sa modular learning.

“Ikinalulugod namin ang pahayag na ito ng DepEd at umaasa kami na ipagpapatuloy pa rin nila ang pagtatasa sa mga polisiya,” ani Benjo Basas, National Chairperson ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC).

Ayon kay Basas ay marami pa umanong dapat repasuhin sa mga polisiya ng DepEd ukol sa distance learning modality na isinulong ng ahensiya bilang tugon sa pandemya.

“Sapagkat nasa gitna tayo ng krisis dulot ng pandemya, dapat lamang na magkaroon tayo ng konsiderasyon sa lahat lalo na sa mga bata at kanilang pamilya na maaaring limitado ang kapasidad pang-ekonomiya at pang-akademiko,” dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ayon pa rin sa kanya ay kinikilala nila ang naging hakbang ng DepEd nitong mga nakalipas na linggo mula sa pagbabago sa assessment at maging sa criteria sa grading. Matatandaan na hindi na magkakaroon ng periodical test ang mga bata at binago na rin ang sistema sa pagbibigay ng grado sa mga mag-aaral.

Gayunman, dapat sanang tutukan din umano ng ahensiya ang kalagayan ng mga guro na mula pa noong Hunyo ay subsob na sa iba’t ibang trabaho mula sa Brigada Eskwela, enrollment, weekly accomplishment reports, webinars at online meetings, module preparation at distribution at hanggang sa mga gawaing pagtuturo- online at modular mula nitong Oktubre 5.

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Basas na hindi umano makatarungan na tila ang mga guro ang nasisisi kapwa ng mga magulang at ng pamunuan ng DepEd sa mga kamalian sa modules at maging sa maraming gawain ng mga bata.

“Matapos sumalo sa napakaraming reklamo ng mga magulang at madla dahil sa samu’t saring kalituhan, mga guro pa rin ang sinisisi sa mga kamalian sa modules na hindi naman sila ang gumawa o hindi sila ang dapat na gumawa. Ngayon naman, nang makitang nabibigatan ang maraming mag-aaral sa modular activities, pinaalalahanan ng DepEd ang mga guro na huwag umanong tambakan ng mga gawain ang mga bata na tila ba mga guro ang nagdesisyon sa nilalaman ng modules na ito,” paliwanag ni Basas.

Ayon kay Basas, ang mga ito ay indikasyon lamang na may mas malalim pang problemang dapat tugunan ang DepEd hinggil sa distance learning modality. Nagpapatunay din umano ito na hindi lubusang napaghandaan ang pagbubukas ng klase taliwas sa mga pahayag ng DepEd na nakahanda umano ang ahensiya kahit naituloy ito noong Agosto 24.

“Siguro ang mga ito ay patunay lamang na may problema talaga sa pagpipilit sa pormal na pagbubukas ng klase para sa school year 2020-2021. Ngayon sa nakikita natin at kung magpapatuloy ito, baka masayang lamang ang effort ng DepEd at mga guro pati na ang napakalaking perang inilaan para sa modules dahil mukhang mahihirapan tayong maibigay sa mga bata ang kinakailangang edukasyon at mahihirapan naman ang mga bata at kanilang pamilya na makaagapay sa bagong sistemang ito,” pagtatapos ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC ang mga adjustments na ginawa nang DepEd ay mahalaga at dapat ipagpatuloy upang matiyak na walang batang maiiwan. Handa umano ang kanilang grupo na makipagtulungan sa DepEd para sa kapakanan ng mga batang Pilipino.#

Para sa detalye:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
09273356375

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[Press Release] Matapos mahawaan ang 11 Guro sa Ilagan City, TDC nais ilinaw ang trabaho ng mga guro sa DEPED

#HumanRights #Teachers #COVID19ph [Press Release] Matapos mahawaan ang 11 Guro sa Ilagan City, TDC nais ilinaw ang trabaho ng mga guro sa DEPED

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

“Ano ang tulong na maaasahan ng labing-isang guro sa Ilagan City na nahawaan ng COVID-19?” Ito ang tanong ni Benjo Basas, Tagapangulo ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) kasunod ng mga ulat na may labing-isang guro mula sa Ilagan City, Isabela ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 matapos umano silang mamamahgi ng modules sa kanilang mga mag-aaral.

“Ito po ang paulit-ulit naming sinasabi noon pa, sana matiyak ng DepEd na mabantayan ang kausugan at kaligtasan ng mga guro, kawani at mga magulang at mag-aaral sa pagsisimula ng school year na ito. Bago pa man magbukas ang klase ay napakarami nang guro ang nahawaan at marami sa mga ito ay nakuha nila dahil sa kanilang mga gawaing may kinalaman sa kanilang trabaho,” dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ayon sa grupo ay hindi umano nakapaghanda ang DepEd sapagkat hindi naging malinaw ang mga paraan kung paano makaiwas sa hawaan ang mga guro, “Ngayong nangyari ito, sino ang mananagot? Sino ang nag-utos sa mga guro na magpunta sa mga komunidad? At sino ang gagastos para sa kanilang pagpapagamot?” Tanong ni Basas. Dagdag pa niya, “Kung tutuusin ay hindi trabaho ng mga guro ang mag-print, mag-sort at mag-distribute ng modules na ito. Sapagkat maliban sa naglaan ng 9 bilyong badyet ay paulit-ulit na sinasabi ng DepEd na nakahanda umano sila, pero ang mga guro pala ang ipapain nila sa virus.”

Samantala, nauna nang sinabi ng DepEd na wala umano itong inilaang badyet para sa pagpapagamot sa mga guro kung sakaling mahawaan sila ng COVID-19.

“Malinaw ang sinasabi ng Magna Carta for Public School Teachers na dapat ay alagaan ng gobyerno ang kalusugan ng mga guro. Dapat bigyan ng libreng medical check-up taun-taon at ipagamot ang mga guro sakaling magkaroon ng sakit, may pandemya man o wala dahil ang batas ay 1966 pa ginawa,” paliwanag ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC, mas kailangan umano ng mga guro ngayon na mabigyan ng katiyakan sa pangangalang medikal dahil na rin sa pagbubukas ng klase kasabay ng pandemya. Kaya muling nanawagan ang TDC sa DepEd na istriktong ipatupad ang mga helath protocol at ang mismong kautusan nito hinggil naman sa alternative work arrangement o AWA sa ilalim ng DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2020.

“Sabin ng DepEd mismo ay work-from-home ang default work arrangement ng mga guro, eh bakit parang hindi ganun ang nangyayari sa field? Bakit parang mas marami pa rin ang pinapapasok sa kani-kanilang mga paaralan at pinagagawa ng mga gawaing puwede namang gawin sa bahay. O kaya’y pinagagawa ng mga trabahong hindi naman dapat sa kanila,” ayon muli kay Basas.

Hiniling ng TDC sa DepEd na ilinaw ang kanyang mga patakaran at sabihin kung ang reproduction, sorting at distribution ba ng modules ay dapat lamang na mga guro pa rin ang gagawa.

“Ano yung sinasabing tagumpay ang pagbubukas ng klase? Nasaan na yung ipinagmamalaki ng DepEd na kahandaan? Hindi ba’t ayon sa DepEd ay handa sila kahit noong Agosto 24 pa? Bakit hanggang ngayon ay araw-araw pa ring pinapupunta ang mga guro sa paaralan para mag-ayos ng modules?” Pagtatapos ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC dapat umanong maging bukas ang DepEd sa pakikipag-usap sa mga guro kasabay na maging makatothanan ang mga ipinalalabas nilang impormasyon sa madla.

Para sa detalye:
Benjo Basas, 09273356375

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[Press Release] Teachers urge DEPED to impose work-from-home scheme, disputes victory remark on school opening -TDC

Teachers urge DEPED to impose work-from-home scheme, disputes victory remark on school opening

Last Monday’s school opening was marred with problems from lack of modules to internet connectivity issues, unfortunately, these are the main- if not the only modes of teaching and learning under distance learning modality, the DepEd’s way to address the educational needs of the children amidst the pandemic. Despite this, however, DepEd Chief Leonor Magtolis-Briones declares Monday opening as “Victory against COVID-19” which she describes as ‘destroyer.’

But the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), refuses to agree with Briones and said that the opening was neither a victory against pandemic nor a victory of education.

“A mere imposition of the beginning of another school year amidst the pandemic is not a victory against pandemic, in fact it could worsen the situation because of the requirement for public interaction. In terms of education, we could actually foresee that there’s a lot of Filipino children that will be left behind and it is evident by Monday’s unfortunate events,” said Benjo Basas the group’s national chairperson.

Basas furthered that teachers were being sacrificed just to beat the self-imposed October 5 deadline of the DepEd, “Out of their own pockets, they are forced to buy laptops, phones, printers, ink, bond papers, and internet data or subscribe for a better internet connection. The modules or at least the fund for production and reproduction was delayed that many schools and teachers were forced to raise money to be able to meet the requirements of DepEd. Some of them resorted to online solicitations- even barter. Still, many are forced to personally finance these modules. The DepEd also disregarded the welfare provision of the Magna Carat for teachers particularly those that aimed to protect our teachers’ health and safety.”

The TDC also hit the DepEd for failure to impose its own rules that set the work-from-home scheme as the default work arrangement for the employees especially teachers whose task is teaching. The group said that many teachers were required to report physically to their schools in varied schemes, some are once a week while others on an everyday basis. TDC added that these arrangements are highly discouraged, if not prohibited by the DepEd rules on alternative work arrangement (AWA) under DepEd Order No. 11 s. 2020 that made even in clear in the subsequent memorandum issued by Undersecretaries Revsee A. Escobedo and Jesus L.R. Mateo on June 22, 2020, and the specific replies of Hon. Escobedo addressed to TDC Secretary-General Emmalyn Policarpio dated July 9, 2020, and August 9, 2020.

Last October 2, the TDC thru Ms. Policarpio again brought the matter to the attention of Sec. Briones and formally seek for clarification on the physical reporting beginning October 5. In a letter addressed to the Secretary and furnished the respective offices of Mateo and Escobedo, Policarpio said, “While we recognize that there are circumstances that would necessitate physical reporting, the same shall not be done on a daily basis and shall not involve all the teachers, especially in a manner contrary to the existing rules. It is somewhat illogical to require the physical presence of classroom teachers when we are implementing distance learning modalities- modular or online. The tasks of a classroom teacher are identified in her weekly home learning plan (WHLP) and most of those tasks, if not all can be done remotely. Thus, we earnestly request the DepEd Central Office to take a look at this practice in the field and remind the officials to abide by the policies of the agency.”

Meanwhile, according to the TDC, many of the reported cases of violations to DepEd’s AWA are coming from CALABARZON region.

Richie Salubre, president of TDC CALABARZON Teachers’ Union said that they have received several complaints from the teachers specifically from the provinces of Cavite and Quezon that they are required to physically report every day.

“These schools are violating the letters and intent of the DepEd Order and even the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and IATF rules. The scheme they use defeats the purpose of the national government to limit the physical movement of the people and puts the national effort on COVID response in a mockery,” Salubre, a teacher in Dasmarinas City said.

Salubre explained that the Order was issued following the declaration of a state of national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was recently extended by the President for another year. “Some parts of the country are still under different quarantine categories that limit the access to public transportation and physical movement of the people, measures adopted by the national government in its effort to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19,” Salubre added.

Salubre said that they have recently resolved a similar issue thru local coordination and will be willing to do so to avoid further conflict between the teachers and the school administrators, but when things get worse, they will be forced to file formal complaint at the Central Office.

“These cases are not unique in CALABARZON, it also happens in other regions, even in Metro Manila. We have compiled all of those reported cases as early as June and they continue until today. Once and for all, the DepEd must prove that they can make policies and able to implement the same,” Salubre ended.

The TDC concluded that while teachers face severe adversities, DepEd conveniently declared victory in another display of insensitivity and disregard for the welfare of its front-liners- the teachers.

For details:
Emmalyn Policarpio, 0923-0819751
Richie Salubre, 0921-3880309
Benjo Basas, 0927-3356375

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[Press Release] Pahayag ni Cagayan Gov. Manny Mamba, umani ng negatibong reaksiyon mula sa mga guro -TDC

Pahayag ni Cagayan Governor Manny Mamba, umani ng negatibong reaksiyon mula sa mga guro

Hindi nagustuhan ng mga pampublikong guro ang naging pahayag ni Cagayan Governor Manny Mamba sa panayam ng DZRH kahapon, Oktubre 3. Nang tanungin kasi ng anchor si Mamba ukol sa kahandaan ng mga guro sa kanyang lalawigan ay tumawa-tawa pa ito at sinabing, “Well sa tingin ko ay nag-eenjoy sila, nagsu-suweldo sila wala naman silang ginagawa.”

Idinagdag pa ng gobernador na dapat ay huwag nang magreklamo ang mga guro at paigtingin na lamang ang kanilang trabaho upang hindi naman malugi ang gobyerno.

Umani ng negatibong reaksiyon mula sa mga guro ang mga naging pahayag na ito ni Mamba sapagkat ayon sa kanila ay isa umano itong insulto sa mga gurong dumaranas ngayon ng matinding stress at pagod dahilan sa napakaraming trabaho at ang hindi nawawalang pangamba dulot ng pandemya.

Samantala, hinimok naman ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) ang mga guro na patunayang mali ang sinasabi ni Mamba sa pamamagitan ng pag-post ng mga larawan o video na magpapakita ng kanilang mga ginagawa sa araw-araw.

Ayon kay Emmalyn Policarpio, Secretary-General ng grupo na maging siya ay nasaktan sa sinabi ni Mamba dahil inilaan na niya ang maghapon sa pag-record at pag-edit ng video orientation para sa kanyang mga mag-aaral sa Lunes bukod pa sa napakaraming paperwork na nakapilia.

“Halos naiyak ako sa narinig kong sinabi ni Governor, lalo pa nga at kasalukuyan akong nahihirapan sa mga ginagawa kong trabaho na pawang bago sa akin. Gusto ko pong malaman ni Governor Mamba at ng lahat na hindi po nawalan ng trabaho ang mga guro mula noong Marso at kombinasyon iyon ng work-from-home at on-site reporting,” paliwanag ni Policarpio.

Sa live streaming program ng TDC kagabi ay ipinaalala rin ni Policarpio sa mga guro na gamitin ang hashtag na #itreallyhurtsGovMamba at gawing trending ang usapin. Hihintayin din umano nila ang paliwanag ng gobernador kung bakit nasabi ang mga ganoong pahayag.

Para naman kay Benjo Basas, ang National Chairperson ng TDC, dapat umanong madalaw ni Gov. Mamba sa bahay ang mga guro sa Cagayan upang makita niya mismo na kandakuba na ang mga ito sa napakaraming trabaho .

“Iyang sinasabi niyang suweldo ay kulang na kulang na rin sa daming gastusin sa paghahanda para sa distance learning. Lahat ng ito ay ginagawa ng mga guro para punan ang lahat ng pagkukulang. Bakit sa Araw ng mga Guro, imbes na papuri at pasasalamat ay tila insulto pa ang napili niyang iregalo?”

Sa kasalukuyan ay puspusan ang paghahanda ng mga guro para sa pagbubukas ng klase bukas, Oktubre 5 na siya ring idineklatang pandaigdigang araw ng mga guro o World Teachers’ Day. Batay sa tradisyon ay isang masayang pagdiriwang sana taun-taon ang araw na ito subalit dahil sa krisis na dulot ng pandemya idagdag pa umano ang mga ganitong pahayag ng ilang opisyal ay magiging malungkot ang araw para sa mga guro.

Gayunman, sinabi ng TDC na bukas sila sa usapan sa opisyal at handa silang bigyan ng oras ang gobrnador magng sa kanilang programa sa social media kung nanaisin lamang nito.#

For details:
Benjo Basas, TDC National Chairperson
0927-3356375/ 0923-0819750


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[Statement] Support our teachers by providing laptops and communication allowance -TDC

Support our teachers by providing laptops and communication allowance

Few days before the formal schooling resumes on Monday, DepEd management is still mum on the teachers’ concerns on their needed assistance in terms of communication and technology in order to facilitate the distance learning modality.

Teachers today have absolutely no choice but to spend at least ₱1,500 monthly on internet connection alone to be able to fulfill their duties to their learners numbering in several hundred. Video conferences, text messages, calls, surfing, downloading, and uploading materials, all of these now define this era, and COVID-19 has made this digital learning tenfold a necessity. But teachers are supplied neither service laptops nor internet allowances. Out of their own pockets, they are forced to buy not only laptops but android phones, external drives, USB drives, printers, ink, and reams of bond paper. And it does not end with buying this equipment; laptops, especially, would need to be repaired sooner or later for burned motherboards, broken keyboards, damaged screens, dead batteries, etc. Printers have a thousand things that could go wrong so soon after purchase. And being “personal” equipment, repairs and parts replacements will have to be shouldered—yet once again—by teachers.

While some LGUs are able to pitch-in on equipment like laptops once in a while, the DepEd must fulfill its mandate, take charge, and end all this injustice of the majority of teachers having to steal from their own families just to provide good education to other people’s children. Related to this, the DepEd has yet to clarify as well its claims on the 93% of schools supplied with gadgets. How many “gadgets” per school, what sort of gadgets, and which schools? This claim has got much thinking about what the claim was all about, given that most of our teachers have never heard of any colleague receiving one of these gadgets.

Last September 15, the DepEd released a memorandum stating that the agency is preparing for the provision of connectivity and communications expenses for its employees. The memorandum, however, sets conditions on who among teachers could avail of the incentive. Worse, the deadline for the activation of the DepEd Commons account, the sole requirement to qualify, was scheduled last September 21. While the TDC appreciates this effort, we would suggest that the internet data allowance be given to all teachers and employees without conditions or deadlines. Obviously, everybody in the DepEd is badly in need of internet data, be it in bytes or equivalent in cash.

Reference:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
0923-0819750/09273356375

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