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[Statement] Pahayag ng Church-Labor Conference hinggil sa pagtaas ng SSS pension

Pahayag ng Church-Labor Conference hinggil sa pagtaas ng SSS pension

CLCAng Church-Labor Conference ay sumusuporta at naninindigan sa paghiling na itaas ng P2,000 ang SSS pension para sa kapakinabangan ng SSS pensioners.

Nakakalungkot na tila walang malasakit ang kasalukuyang administrasyon sa mga umaasang Senior Citizens na maitaas ang kanilang pension. Ang pag-veto ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa P2,000 pagtaas ng SSS pension ay pagpapakita niya ng kawalan ng malasakit sa kapakanan ng mga nakatatanda. Para sa kulturang Pilipino, ang pagbibigay malasakit sa mga nakatatanda (Senior Citizens) ay isa sa kaugaliang pinapahalagahan ng bawat pamilya. Ito ay paglalapit sa kanilang puso. Gayundin, ito ang hangad ng bawat mahirap na Pilipino — ng sila ay bigyang pansin at kalinga.

Sila na nangangailangan ng sapat na pagkain, medikasyon para sa kanilang kalusugan at pangangalaga. Dahil rin sa kahirapan, ang karamihan sa kanila ay itinutulong pa ang kanilang pension sa kanilang pamilya . Hindi sapat ang natatanggap ng karamihan dahil sa taas ng bilihin, serbisyong pangkalusugan at iba pang serbisyo sa pampubliko man o pribado. Ang minimum pension kada buwan na P1,200 ay P40 lang kada araw kumpara sa P50 kada araw na pagkain para sa mga preso sa kulungan. Ito ay matinding pagpapahirap sa mamamayan.Bakit nag-aalala ang Pangulo na maaaring ma-bankrupt ang SSS? Kung susuriin, maraming pagkakamali ang SSS upang masiguro ang pagiging matatag nito at makapagdulot ng serbisyo sa mga miyembro nito.

Una, ang pagbibigay ng matataas na sahod at bonus sa mga administrators at pamunuan nito. Hindi ba kayo nakukunsyensiya na pagsamantalahan ang pera ng mga manggagawa na nagbabanat ng buto para paghandaan ang kanilang retirement? Dugo, pawis at higit sa lahat buhay ang naging puhunan ng mga ito para mapaghandaan ang kanilang retirement. Pangalawa, ang hindi pagsisiguro ng koleksyon at pagpaparusa sa mga employers/kumpanya na hindi nagre-remit ng SSS ng kanilang mga empleyado/manggagawa. Maraming reklamo ang natatanggap hinggil dito. Pangatlo, maraming idle properties ang SSS na hindi napapakinabangan. Paano ba pinangangalagaan o pinapangasiwaan ng SSS ang pondo ng mga manggagawa?

Dahil dito, kaming kasapian ng Church-Labor Conference ay nananawagan sa pamahalaan na itaas ng P2,000 ang SSS pension. Nararapat lamang na mapakinabangan ng mga Senior Citizens ang kanilang pinaghirapan nung sila ay nagtatrabaho pa. Sa kanilang kasalukuyang estado, mas lalong kailangan nila ang pagtaas upang matugunan ang kanilang batayang pangangailangan.

Nananawagan rin kami na siguruhin ng pamahalaan ang mababang presyo ng bilihin; ang mababang presyo ng pampublikong serbisyo at de kalidad na serbisyo para sa lahat upang makapamuhay ng marangal ang karamihang mamamayang Pilipino. Nagkakaisa kami na susuporta sa lahat ng pagkilos at inisyatiba ng iba’t ibang grupo upang maisapasa ang pagtaas sa P2,000 ng SSS pension.

“Anak, kalingain mo ang iyong ama (ina) kapag siya’y matanda na, at huwag mo siyang dudulutan ng sama ng loob habang nabubuhay…. Ang paglingap mo sa iyong ama (ina) ay di malilimutan, iyan ang magiging kabayaran sa iyong mga kasalanan.” (Ecclesiastico 3:12.14)

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[Press Release] Lawmaker urged student-leaders to ‘step-up’ support for swift passage of STRAW bill

Lawmaker urged student-leaders to ‘step-up’ support for swift passage of STRAW bill

Iloilo City — Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez on Saturday addressed a nationwide alliance of student-leaders to ‘step-up’ their support for the ‘swift and immediate’ passage of the Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW) bill, saying ‘ the absence of a national policy on the issue has exposed the rights and welfare of the students to various forms of suppression and violations’.

Photo from Team Barry

Photo from Team Barry

The lawmaker made this call during the 9th Congress of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) held at the Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City where 200 student-leaders from across the country were assembled.

“As students and young leaders of your respective colleges and universities, everyone here understands the importance of HB 4435 in protecting the rights and welfare of the each student,” Gutierrez said.

HB 4435, which was jointly drafted by Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez and SCAP, seeks to create a comprehensive national framework on the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of students.

The proposed legislation also seeks to combat the discriminatory policies, inadequate student services, lack of student representation and participation, imposition of unnecessary fees and unjust disciplinary sanctions continue to exist within educational institutions.

“Rights now, we have existing laws that attempts to address this need. There is RA 6728 for the students studying in private higher educational institutions (PHEIs); and, RA 7722 for students in state universities and colleges (SUCs),” Gutierrez said.
“In reality, however, discriminatory policies, suppression of political rights and imposition of unjust fees continue to exist,” the lawmaker added. “And there is a need to correct that.”

The lawmaker also expressed is concern the weakness in the state’s ability to regulate the private institutions in the provision of education, as a result of the deregulation of the education sector, has furthered the suppression of the rights and welfare of students.

“Due to a deregulated education sector, the enforcement and application of the various education policies that seek to protect the rights and welfare of the students has been skewed. In particular, the Commission on Higher Educational Development (CHED) mandated to regulate the tertiary educational system is severely limited in power over the PHEIs,” the lawmaker said.

CHED is the government agency that regulates and sets the required standards and condition for the SUCs.

“As a result, complaints from these institutions will be more challenging for the state education agencies to resolve,” he added.

The proposed legislation, thus, also seeks to close the policy implementation gap between private higher educational institutions (PHEIs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) to ensure that there is fairness and equity on how each student is treated.

Immediate passage

In an effort to ensure the passage of the bill, the lawmaker reiterated the Alliance of its crucial role in the process.

“Your active involvement and vigorous participation throughout will remain crucial as we work harder for its immediate passage,” Gutierrez said.

“There is still a lot of work that must be done. But with your enthusiasm and continuous support, I am positive that we will achieve more gains in this struggle,” he concluded.###

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The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines [SCAP] is the largest student council and student political party formation in the country representing more than 150 campuses and 30 chapters nationwide.

The SCAP National Congress takes place every two years to gather allied student political parties and student councils in a venture to welcome new members, to reaffirm the organization’s guiding principles, to report the accomplishments of the previous leadership, and to elect the new leaders of the organization.

The 9th National Congress is held in the Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo, with the theme: “Build Better Together”. It is a 4-day event from June 19-22, 2014.

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22 June 2014
For Immediate Release
PRESS RELEASE
Contact Person: Rose Humiwat @ 0905-132-5474

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[Press Release] Teachers’ relief from poll duties sought -TDC

Teachers’ relief from poll duties sought

ATING GURO Partylist and The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) vowed to continue their fight for voluntary election duties thru the amendments of the existing election laws in the country. The groups launched a signature campaign asking the legislators and President Noynoy Aquino to act favorably on the BEI Reform Bill (HB 3514) authored by Camarines Sur representative Leny Robredo.

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“This proposal should be treated as an urgent bill, this has been a long-standing demand of public school teachers nationwide. We are often subjected to harassment, humiliation, and hardship, and even violence during the election period.” Said Arsenio Jallorina, chairman of Ating Guro Partylist and a former principal of a public school in Manila.

Jallorina said the bill, if enacted into law would ensure “the protection of the rights and privileges of those appointed to the BEI and will improve the integrity of elections.”

The bill also seeks to institutionalize a package of benefits and privileges for BEI members that includes an honorarium of at least P6000, travel allowance of at least P1000, compulsory insurance coverage, hospitalization up to recovery and a minimum of P200,000 death benefit, legal assistance and indemnification, voting privilege in the precinct where he/she is assigned on election day; and options for public school teachers to serve BEI members.

“This bill addresses all our election-related concerns, thus we are happy that a number of lawmakers are in support of this measure. However, we would also seek the nod of Malacanang.” Basas added.

Basas who served as a member of BEI for seven times said that their group considers election duty as a legalized form of exploitation, “We cannot refuse the assignment to sit as election workers, even if this task may expose us to harm. We cannot negotiate with the Comelec on the amount they want us to be paid and 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 excuse to perpetuate exploitation.”

Relief of teachers from mandatory poll duties is one of the 10-point legislative agenda of ATING GURO partylist when it joined the elections last year with Basas as the first nominee, the case for their proclamation is now pending before the Supreme Court. #
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For details:
Arsenio Jallorina, 09984755658
Benjo Basas, 09205740241

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[Statement] Mga guro hindi pa rin bayad ng COMELEC -TDC

Mga guro hindi pa rin bayad ng COMELEC

Higit isang linggo matapos ang halalang pambarangay, marami pa ring mga guro na nagsilbing board of election tellers (BET) ang hindi pa rin nakatatanggap ng kanilang honorarium. Gayundin ang mga nagtrabaho bilang barangay board of canvassers (BBOC), support staff at mga supervising officials.logo TDC
Mga guro ang umuupo bilang BET, (kung minsan naman ay maaring hindi rin guro ang 3rd member kung hindi sapat ang bilang nila). Samantala, ang BBOC naman ay mga chairman din ng mga BET mula sa mga presinto sa isang barangay. Ang mga support staff ay kadalasang mga utility personnel sa paaralan at ang supervising official ay yaong mga principal o department heads. Lahat sila ay mga tauhan ng Department of Education (DepEd).

Magkano ba ang dapat nilang matanggap? Para sa mga BET, dapat silang makakuha ng kabuuang halagang P2, 500.00, ang P2, 000.00 ay para sa honorarium at at P500.00 naman ay para sa transportation allowance. Sa supervising official ay P1,000.00 ang bayad, samantala P500.00 sa support staff.

Kung tutuuisin, napakaliit ng halagang ito kumpara sa trabahong ginawa ng bawat isa. Lahat sila- BET, supervisor, support staff ay nagtrabaho ng higit 24 oras nang walang patid. Kaya naman, karapat-dapat lamang silang mabayaran nang wasto. At dapat ay hindi na matatagalan kagaya ng muli na namang naranasan ng mga guro ngayon.

Hanggang ngayon ay may ilan pang mga guro mula sa Caloocan, Quezon City, Marikina, Maynila, Dasmarinas, Pasay, Mandaluyong, San Juan at Las Pinas ang hindi pa rin nakatatanggap ng kanilang kabayaran. Anuman ang kadahilanan ng delay na ito ay hindi ito kasalanan ng mga guro.

Ang pag-upo sa eleksiyon ay isang trabahong ginagawa ng mga guro alinsunod sa mandato ng batas at nasa Comelec at gobyerno ang obligasyon upang matiyak na ito ay magiging maayos. #

Nobyembre 5, 2013

Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-5740241
Teachers’ experiences in their respective areas were posted as comments in TDC’s Facebook account an page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teachers-Dignity-Coalition-TDC/136307986398924?ref=br_tf

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Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241
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[In the news] Social welfare office expands projects for poor in 2014 | Sun.Star

Social welfare office expands projects for poor in 2014 | Sun.Star.

By Lydia C. Pendon
October 31, 2013

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is expanding the coverage of the pro-poor programs of the government in Western Visayas by 2014.

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The government projects are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia said the province of Antique was selected as the pilot area for the convergence program with other government agencies in the region.

By 2014, the 4Ps program will be extended to children aged 18 years old from the usual 14 years old as beneficiary of the program.

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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.

TDC

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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[Press Release] Teachers’ bonus released before Christmas -TDC

Teachers’ bonus released before Christmas

logo TDCThe productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of public school teachers and government employees was released on-time according to the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC). However, the group’s monitoring this weekend revealed that several schools in some areas like Quezon City in NCR and Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato provinces in Central Mindanao failed to receive the one-time across-the-board incentive of P5, 000.00 last Friday, the last working day before the long weekend. The reason for this, according to the group is likely technicalities on the procedure in the field. But it does not mean that the DBM or DepEd failed to release the amount.

The TDC reiterated their appeal to DBM and Malacanang to defer the implementation of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB). Under the PBB scheme, teachers and government employees will again receive another amount ranging from P5, 000. 00 to P35, 000.00 depending on the performance rating/ranking of the employees and the agencies they work and expected to be released within the first quarter of 2013. The group, earlier this month assailed the government for cutting their PEI by half, since they received a total of P10, 000.00 beginning year 2007. They also protest the PBB which according to them is a deceptive ploy that would further divide the field and could not be used as a basis for the merit-based incentive this year, especially in the DepEd because it has no clear-cut implementing policy and is too late.

It is recalled that the teachers lead by TDC sang Christmas carols and had a dialogue with DBM officials to convey the message to the president. The group is waiting for at least an announcement from Malacanang if it is going to push through with the PBB or will just give an additional P5, 000.00 to make it equal as the preceding 5 five years, a system which according to DBM officials is more practical and economical on the part of government.

NEWS RELEASE
December 24, 2012

Reference: Benjo Basas. National Chairperson 0920-5740241

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[In the news] Teachers’ wishes: Regularization, salary hike, higher budget -MindaNews.com

Teachers’ wishes: Regularization, salary hike, higher budget
By Lorie Ann Cascaro
October 7, 2012

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 Oct) – More than “Thank you” cards from students, teachers here, during celebration of World Teachers’ Day Friday, have wished for regularization, salary upgrade, and higher education budget.

Elenito Escalante, chairperson of the local chapter of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), said at least 20,000 teachers nationwide have contractual status; at least 300 of them are kindergarten teachers in this city.

“Kindergarten teachers here only receive P3,000 a month each. And they buy their teaching materials from their own pockets,” he said.

Escalante said the government should resolve shortage of teachers, as well as that of classrooms, teaching facilities, books and other instructional materials.
He added that ideally, there should only be 25 students in every classroom. But in the city, most kindergarten classrooms have 50 students each.

Susana B. Estigoy, regional director of the Department of Education, earlier said that Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro initially planned for 61,000 items open for teachers for 2013. But she added that teachers under local school boards, supported by local government units with a monthly honorarium of P5,000, cannot all be absorbed.

She said every teacher has to undergo proper screenings for acquiring a regular position.

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[In the news] OFW na napinsala ang katawan dahil sa aksidente, humihingi ng tulong para makauwi sa Pinas -GMA News

OFW na napinsala ang katawan dahil sa aksidente, humihingi ng tulong para makauwi sa Pinas
February 7, 2012

Nanawagan ng tulong sa pamahalaang Aquino para makauwi na sa Pilipinas ang isang overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sa Jeddah, Saudi Arabia na nagtamo ng matinding pinsala sa katawan matapos makuryente.

Sa panayam ng GMA News, sinabi ni Alfredo Salmos, 53-anyos, tubong Nueva Ecija, na mahigit isang taon na siyang naghihirap sa kanyang kalagayan mula nang makuryente sa kanyang part-time job.

Ayon kay Salmos, nahihiya na siya sa mga taong naabala niya na tumutulong at nag-aalaga sa kanya. Dahil sa aksidente ay nagdikit ang ilang bahagi ng balat sa kanyang katawan kaya hindi na siya makakilos ng maayos.

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[In the news] PNoy to NHA: finish homes for ‘Sendong’ survivors before June 2012 – MindaNews.com

MindaNews » PNoy to NHA: finish homes for ‘Sendong’ survivors before June 2012.

By Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews.com
January 26, 2012

  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III today told officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to finish all the houses for suvivors of floods brought by tropical storm Sendong last month by June 2012.

“Dapat ipangako nyo na by June 2012, tapos na ang lahat na mga bahay dito,” (You should promise that by June 2012 all houses here should be finished) Aquino said even before he was through with his introductory greetings.

The core shelters for the survivors, who are still staying in evacuation centers and tent cities, will be built through “bayanihan ng bayan.”

The President’s visit coincided with the 40th day since the destructive floods that killed hundreds of people and wiped out whole communities in both cities.

Aquino arrived in Iligan with Vice President Jejomar Binay, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and other heads of government agencies to inspect the relocation site for survivors who lost their homes to the floods.

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[In the news] Group says ‘climate and economic justice’ needed to prevent repeat of ‘Sendong’ – MindaNews.com

Group says ‘climate and economic justice’ needed to prevent repeat of ‘Sendong’
By Cong Corrales
January 15, 2012

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) — A coalition of religious, nongovernment and civil society organizations today said they will advance “a bigger commitment to prevent more Sendongs by working for climate and economic justice” at the same time that they started giving stress debriefing sessions for survivors of the flood brought by Storm Sendong last month.

Balsa Mindanao’s psycho-social counseling volunteers numbering at least a hundred started the series of debriefing sessions at the Agusan Evacuation Center in Agusan Elementary School.

The volunteers included nuns, priests, psychiatric and social welfare professionals, workers, professors and students from universities in Davao, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities and Caraga, Zamboanga, and Far South Mindanao regions.

In a phone interview today, lawyer Beverly Selim-Musni, one of Balsa Mindanao’s convenors, thanked the facilitator-volunteers for contributing to the success of the start of a series of stress debriefing sessions for Sendong survivors.

“Our coming together is part of a bigger commitment to prevent more Sendongs by working for climate and economic justice,” she said.

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[In the news] Crisis centers for OFWs needed, says lawmaker – abs-cbnNEWS.com

Crisis centers for OFWs needed, says lawmaker
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January 1, 2012

 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government should set up crisis centers for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), a lawmaker said Sunday.

Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile issued the call amid the ongoing mandatory repatriation of OFWs in Syria.

“This is not the first time and it surely will not be the last,” he said in a press statement.

Enrile said the crisis centers should be part of contingency plans for Philippine embassies and consulates handling large OFW communities.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised alert level 4 in Syria, which means mandatory repatriation of OFWs, because of the escalating violence in the country.

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[In the news] Social Welfare expands core programs in Western Visayas – www.sunstar.com.ph

Social Welfare expands core programs in Western Visayas
By Lydia C. Pendon

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office is set to expand its three pro-poor core programs in 2012 in all towns and cities in Western Visayas.

This was announced recently by DSWD regional director Minda Brigoli, adding that the regional office is in need of some 200 additional workers to facilitate the implementation of poverty alleviation projects of Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-Cidss), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and self-employment program.

New workers to be hired include community facilitators, engineers, financial analysts and other staff workers.

Brigoli said these programs are on top of the traditional public service delivery projects and other services the DSWD is mandated to serve.

On the other hand, Iloilo City is being proposed to be included in the Urban Kalahi-Cidss program next year after undergoing validation. The inclusion of Iloilo and Bacolod cities are reconsidered after finding out that both cities are hosting thousands of indigent families.

New Kalahi-Cidss municipalities for implementation in 2011 until June 2012 has an estimated total project cost of P234.26 million, with 408 barangays under coverage and 215 prioritized subprojects.

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[Announcement] Invitation and Call-for-Papers: International Conference of Cooperatives

Invitation and Call-for-Papers: International Conference of Cooperatives

In celebration of the UN mandated International Year of Cooperatives in 2012

The UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations – Center for Labor and Grassroots Initiatives (SOLAIR-CLGI) in cooperation with
Union Network International – Asia Pacific Regional Organization (UNI-APRO) and Union Network International – Philippine Liaison Council (UNI-PLC)

are proud to announce

A CALL FOR PAPERS AND INVITATION TO ATTEND

An International Conference on the Theme:

“FORGING GREATER SOLIDARITY AMONG COOPERATIVES, TRADE UNIONS
AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISES”

September 20-21, 2012
Isabelo De los Reyes Auditorium, Bonifacio Hall,
UP SOLAIR, Diliman, QC, Philippines

Objectives of the Conference:

1.      Highlight good practices  of cooperatives from here and abroad and share the lessons, insights and experiences.

2.      Promote solidarity and cooperation among trade unions, cooperatives and social enterprises and encourage collaboration and dialogue on issues and policies that relate to economic equity, social justice and inclusive growth.

3.      Explore and promote transformative practices modelled after Solidarity Economies which challenge oligopolistic/monopolistic modes of conducting business and the unfettered rules of neo-liberalization and free trade.

4.      Illustrate the dynamic and innovative programs, services and processes of cooperatives and other social enterprises.

Papers must demonstrate the following practices and concepts:

o   Solidarity, cooperation and  social inclusiveness
o   Economic equity and fair sharing
o   Democratic governance and participation
o   Transformative institutional and organizational processes
o   Environmentally sustainable
o   Utilization of  local materials and human resources

Guideline for Paper Writers:

·         Deadline for submission of abstract: March 31, 2012. Must be one to two pages in length; Times Roman; 12 font.
·         Abstract will be screened and once accepted, a full paper of 10 to 15 pages must be submitted on or before July 31, 2012.
·         Full paper will be subject to another review and returned to author with comments and suggestions.
·         Paper must be complete with citations, spelled out acronyms and abbreviations and accompanied by a short description of the author.
·         Electronic submission is preferred to any of the emails of the conference organizers:   rcmercado2000@yahoo.com
sibal_jorge@yahoo.com
bekwag@yahoo.co.uk
·          Authors must prepare a power point presentation a month before the conference.
·         For further information refer to CLGI website:  upsolair.org
or Facebook name: Center for Labor and Grassroots Initiatives

Seminar Fee for Participants:

·         Registration Fee:  P4,500 per participant (local)
·         Further details to be announced later.

[In the news] P128-M disbursed for state anti-poverty program beneficiaries – www.sunstar.com.ph

P128-M disbursed for state anti-poverty program beneficiaries
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TACLOBAN CITY – Over P128 million in conditional cash grant was disbursed to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Leyte for January to December 2010.

At least P7 million have already been released to indigent families in the province for the period of January-April 2011.

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In the recent 4Ps provincial committee meeting attended by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-8) Regional Director Letecia Diokno and Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla, the Leyte 4Ps team reported the status of releases for the conditional cash grant in Leyte.

The province tallies a total of 66, 692 registered beneficiaries from various municipalities.

The recent meeting also discussed updates on the implementation of the program and the improved database system for 4Ps by the regional social welfare office.

The DSWD reports over 8,000 beneficiaries have been de-listed from about 168,000 families identified under the program.

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[Statement/Events] Unahin ang mga Titser! Pahayag ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)

Unahin ang mga Titser
Pahayag ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), Mayo 26, 2011

“Ang paraalan ang salamin ng bayan… ang saligan ng lipunan. Ipakita ninyo sa amin ang paaralan ng bayang iyan at ipakikita namin sa inyo ang kinabukasan ng bayang iyan.”
Jose Rizal (Noli Me Tangere)

Magpapasukan na naman. Mistulang bagong taon para sa ating mga guro ang ganitong panahon. Magsisimula ang mga panibagong hamon. Muli tayong sasabak sa mga paghahanda- Brigada Eskwela, school-based INSET, enrolment at meetings.

Ang mga kakulangan

Minsan pa’y mapapansin ng madla at masmidya ang mga kakulangan sa ating mga paaralan. Kulang na classrooms, upuan, mesa, banyo, libro, computer at iba pang pasilidad. Higit sa lahat, kulang ang mga guro. Ang masaklap, tayo ang pumapasan sa lahat ng kakulangang ito.

Sino nga ba ang nagkulang?

Ayon mismo sa datos ng DepEd, aabot sa 152, 000 ang kulang na classroom para sa taong ito, samantalang mahigit sa 100, 000 guro ang kakailangan. Subalit, naglaan lamang ng budget para sa 13, 000 classrooms at 10, 000 teachers. Taun-taon pa nama’y nadaragdagan ang bilang ng ating mga mag-aaral, mas mabilis silang lumaki kaysa budget na inilalaan.

Ang K+12

Samantalang wala tayong pagtutol sa batayan ng programang ito, hindi naman tayo kumbinsido na ito na nga ang ultimong solusyon sa problema. Kailangan pa rin ng kumprehensibo at sinserong konsiderasyon sa kalalagayan ng mga pampublikong paaralan bago tayo tumungo sa isang ambisyosong programang gaya ng 12-year basic education system. Kailangang tugunan muna ang mga pangunahing pangangailan bago ang ipatupad ito, sapagkat kung hindi ay maaring masayang lamang ang oras at guguling ilalaan dito. Higit sa lahat, mga guro muli ang maisasakripisyo.

Universal Kindergarten System

Itinutulak natin ang free and universal kindergarten system upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang lahat ng bata, maging ang mga anak ng maralita na mabigyan ng pre-school education. Subalit hindi naman tayo pabor sa uri ng implementasyon na balak gawin at ginagawa ng ating kagawaran hinggil dito. Batay mismo sa DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2011 ay nakatakdang lumobo ang bilang ng contractual teachers. Sila ay mga gurong magtuturo na walang katiyakan sa seguridad sa trabaho at pasasahurin lamang ng P3, 000 hanggang P6, 000 kada buwan. Sila ang mga gurong nakatakdang magpatupad ng inisyal na programa ng K+12. Ibig sabihin, sa K+12 na pangunahing programa ng ating pangulo sa edukasyon ay muli na namang isasakrispisyo ang karapatan, kagalingan at dignidad ng mga guro.

Bigyang-prayoridad ang Edukasyon, Unahin ang mga Guro

Kung sinsero ang Pamahalaang Aquino na iangat ang kalidad ng edukasyon at abutin ang international standard, dapat ay hindi lang sa haba ng taon tayo sumabay. Dapat ay ihanay natin sa buong mundo ang ating istandard sa budget, pasilidad, class size, teacher to student ratio atbp. Higit sa lahat, dapat ay unahin natin ang kapakanan ng ating mga guro. Sapagkat lahat ng programa sa edukasyon, gaano man ito kaganda ay hindi magtatagumpay kung hindi seryosong tutugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga guro. DAPAT UNAHIN ANG MGA GURO!

Sapat na Benepisyo sa mga Guro, Sapat ng Badyet sa Edukasyon!

Sa Hunyo 5, 2011, huling araw ng bakasyon, ito ang ating panawagan. Ipakita natin sa buong mundo na ang mga gurong Pilipino ay handa nang tumugon sa hamon ng paglilingkod. Hamunin din natin ang pamahalaan na tugunan ang mga pananagutan nito sa mga guro at buong sistema ng edukasyon. Sumama sa ating mga pagkilos at pagdiriwang.

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“Bike for Teachers’ Dignity, Bike for Education”

June 5, Sunday, 7:00AM from UP Diliman to Quezon Memorial Circle.

Everyone is invited to join with their bicycle, motorcycle or any kind of vehicle for UP-QCMC ride/motorcade. The front row will be filled by bicycles inspired by Pres. Aquino’s recent bike ride in QCMC.

Simultaneous activities in other places:

Bataan-Walk for Teachers and mass in Balanga Cathedral

Pampanga- Walk for Teachers and program in San Fernando City

Quezon- Motorcade in Lucena City and mass at Lucena West ES

Laguna- Motorcade from Sta. Cruz to Calamba

Cavite- Motorcade from Trece Martires to Aguinaldo Shrine (Kawit)

Sorsogon- Walk for Education in Sorsogon City

(Please feel free to communicate with the numbers below for details of these activities)

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02) 3853437/Telefax: (02) 4350036
Mobile nos: 0920-5740241/ 0922-8831467/ 0915-3785069/ 0908-9933045
Email/FB: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph/ Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

[News release] TDC wants hazard pay for teachers in conflict areas- teachersdignity.com

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Amidst the on-going hostage crisis in Agusan, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) reminds DepEd of its obligation to pay hardship allowance to teachers in conflict areas. According to the group, the secretary of education is tasked by RA 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers to determine the areas where teachers are exposed to hardships and provide an allowance equivalent to 25% of their basic pay.

Benjo Basas TDC

Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson says “the law is a 1966 vintage, yet the implementing guidelines were promulgated only in December 2007.” The guidelines, which were released by the DBM through National Budget Circular 514, specifically identifies the presence of armed conflict in work area as one of the hazard posts and thereby entitles the teachers and school personnel a special hardship allowance.

“But even that is not an assurance that teachers in the so-called areas of armed conflict enjoy this privilege. In most cases, this not implemented.” Basas added.

The Agusan crisis is the fifth major abduction case involving teachers since year 2009 in Mindanao alone. Three teachers from Zamboanga City were kidnapped in January and another three were also kidnapped in March. In November of the same year, a Sulu principal was kidnapped and later beheaded by his kidnappers. And in December 2009, 75 people, including teachers were also being held hostage in Agusan Sur by armed men lead by Ondo Perez. Perez is a relative of the perpetrators of the current kidnapping whose demand is his freedom from jail.

“No doubt, teachers are exposed in hardships and hazards in these areas and therefore must be properly compensated.” Basas continued quoting Prosperidad Mayor Alvin Magdamit who earlier said “This is tragic because these are lowly paid teachers who are being held.”

Basas said that teachers might refuse to be assigned in those areas, because aside from a very minimal compensation, they fear for their safety, “such scenario would lead to failure to deliver the basic right of Filipino children to education.”

The group also quoted Secretary Luistro’s earlier statement that says “it is very disturbing that teachers who offer their lives for the community always fall victims to these crimes.”

TDC challenges the DepEd to start the inventory of all those who may possibly be qualified for the special hardship allowances.

Aside from the additional compensation, Basas reiterates his group’s demand of providing more security forces in the vicinity of schools. The group argued that the presence of law enforcers alone would deter the criminal activities of groups in the area.

“We pray that this Agusan incident will end peacefully very soon and we hope that this will be the last.” Basas ended. #

For details: Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241/385-3437 www.teachersdignity.com