Teachers’ alliance calls for increase in monthly salary, allowance
UNTV News • October 10, 2017 • 6725
MANILA, Philippines – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the House Bill No. 56 that seeks to increase the salary of teachers.
Under the said proposal, the entry salary of teachers will increase to P25,000 from the current P19,000, while their personnel economic relief allowance will go up to P5,000 from the current P2,000.
“It has been a long time clamor of teachers to have a salary increase,” ACT-Philippines Deputy Sec. Mabelle Caboboy said.
If the said bill passes into law, the salary of non-teaching personnel will also increase to P16,000.
ACT is also calling for the increase in teachers’ supplies allowance.
In line with the call for a salary hike, the group also expressed opposition to the tax reform package the government is pushing for.
“Mariin po namin tinututulan ang tax reform package ng kasalukuyang pamahalaan dahil sa mababalewala lang ‘yung aming pagtaas ng sahod kung sobrang taas din naman ng tax na ikakaltas sa amin (We strongly oppose the current administration’s tax reform package because our salary increase will be for naught if our taxes go up as well),” Caboboy said.
The House of Representatives had already passed the proposed tax reform package, while senators are still debating their version of the bill in the plenary.
Meanwhile, teachers are complaining of the lack of facilities and equipment for the students now that the K to 12 program is already in effect.
“The implementation of the K-12 is already in its second year but we still lack classrooms, senior high school buildings. There are no teaching item positions, no instructional materials. Many subjects have no books from the kinder to senior high school. It’s the responsibility of the government to allocate budget for these concerns,” Caboboy said. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (May 5) ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest people who are not wearing their face mask properly in public.
President Duterte made the order during his pre-recorded address after noting that some people mindlessly don a face mask just so they can comply with the protocol.
“Itong mask, ‘yung iba, for compliance lang. Naglalagay ng mask pero nakalabas ‘yung ilong. I-detain mo tapos imbestigahan mo siya kung bakit ganoon ang behavior,“ he told the PNP adding that he has to be strict to curb COVID-19 transmission.
“Kapag hindi ko higpitan, walang mangyayari. Iyan nga, for compliance lang kayo,” he added.
In an interview following Duterte’s announcement, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they still have to discuss the new directive with the PNP.
“I think the President was serious. We will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police [..] to determine the parameters of the presidential directive. And we have to reconcile this with the various ordinances that were issued by the LGUs,” Malaya noted.
“I must emphasize that what people are violating here are local ordinances that were issued by the local sanggunian. We will take a look on how we can implement this directive of the President,” he added.
As for the quarantine violations, Malaya stressed that the IATF resolution is implemented through ordinances passed by the local government units. The penalty for a specific violation would depend on each LGU.
“So we may have to talk with the LGUs and of course the Philippine National Police,” Malaya said.
Malaya emphasized that it is the responsibility of the local chief executives and barangay officials to implement all minimum health standards in their respective jurisdictions.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte recalled his conversation with President Xi Jinping regarding the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
According to Duterte he asked the communist leader to just let Filipinos fish in the West Philippine Sea.
“I told China, it’s yours according to you, I’ve heard several times. But you also have heard of the fact that people are hungry. Ang Pilipino ay gutom (Filipinos are hungry) and you are not oblivious to that fact. So kindly just allow our fishermen to fish in peace,” he said.
The President said he is ready to talk with China should conflict arise over the disputed territory.
“There’s no reason for trouble. If there is one brewing, you call our attention and we can talk immediately to solve the problem,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive said he never made a campaign promise to retake the WPS.
“I never, never in my campaign as president, promised the people that I would retake the West Philippine Sea. I did not promise that I would pressure China,” he said. “I never mentioned about China and the Philippines in my campaign because that was a very serious matter.”
But President Duterte stressed that he is ready to fight for the country’s sovereignty and he will not order a retreat of Philippine vessels patrolling in the area.
Reacting to Duterte’s statement, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio reminded the former of his statement during the presidential campaign about riding on a jetski to Scarborough Shoal and hoisting the Philippine flag there.
He also said Duterte had issued a statement fully supporting the arbitration case against China.
Thus, Carpio said, President Duterte cannot say that he never mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue or he would be admitting that he was fooling millions of Filipinos which, the former justice said, is tantamount to “grand estafa”.
“President Duterte cannot now say that he never discussed or mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue when he was campaigning for President. Otherwise, he would be admitting that he was fooling the Filipino people big time. There is a term for that–grand estafa or grand larceny. Making a false promise to get 16 million votes,” Carpio said.
For Senator Panfilo Lacson, it is necessary to revisit the Philippines’ diplomatic relations with China.
“Maybe a review of the country’s diplomatic relations is timely and called for. All the diplomatic protests that the Secretary of Foreign Affairs filed have been ignored as if nothing was filed at all. The continued incursions and bullying finally got his goat,” he said. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
MANILA, Philippines — In line with the national government’s intensified efforts to fight corruption in the country, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has created Task Force on Lifestyle Check.
PACC Chairman Greco Belgica said the task force will focus on officials who are always reported to be involved in anomalies but there are no documents or evidence that can prove such allegations.
Belgica said through lifestyle checks, the agency will be able to determine inconsistencies in their wealth or if there are any undeclared properties.
“Ganyan po ang korapsyon, talagang tagong-tago iyan (That’s how corruption works, it is very discreet). However, by looking at their bank accounts, their properties, their SALN [Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth]—kung ang kanilang gastos at ari-arian ay hindi commensurate sa kanilang kinikita sila po ay pwedeng kasuhan (and if their expenses and properties do not commensurate with their income, they can be held accountable),” he said.
The PACC is also coordinating with local authorities and other government agencies in validating reports of anomalies or corruption in various government agencies around the country.
Belgica reminds government officials and personnel to declare their properties with honesty. He reiterated that unexplained wealth is a violation of the law.
“Living beyond your means that you cannot explain and yet you are spending like a billionaire, millionaire that is highly questionable,” he said. AAC
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