Teachers’ alliance calls for increase in monthly salary, allowance
UNTV News • October 10, 2017 • 6541
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 Monday (July 27) fulfilled one of his most important tasks as head of the country despite the risks of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
He opted to deliver his SONA personally at the Batasang Pambansa despite heavy rain and several reports of COVID-19 positive test results among some of the event’s supposed attendees.
The ceremony was obviously a deviation from the Congress’ decade-long tradition: no prior meet-up with the Senate and House leaders, no fancy welcoming rites, no live performers and no handshakes.
The President went straight to the plenary upon his arrival and after the opening numbers, he went on to deliver his report to the nation.
His speech lasted for about an hour and 40 minutes.
During his SONA, President Duterte asked the Congress to pass significant legislation that he believes are necessary in helping his administration propel the country even amidst the ongoing challenges.
One of which is the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes.
“I reiterate the swift passage of reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Acts of 2002,” he said in his speech stressing the dangers illegal drugs cause to an individual and families.
Likewise, he asked Congress to immediately enact the Bayanihan Two so that assistance to sectors most affected by the pandemic will be delivered right away and funds will be made available for the procurement of additional medical equipment that will augment the country’s healthcare system.
“I hope that we can get some or the same treatment of clarity, purpose and the fastness to support the passage of the Bayanihan [to Recover as One Act], which will supplement funds for recovery and response against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Aside from these two priority bills, the President enumerated several legislation which he wants Congress to deliberate and pass soon.
These include the passage of the:
Corporate Recovery And Tax Incentives For Enterprises (Create) Act
Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer Or Fist Act
Establishment of the Department Of Overseas Filipinos
National Land Use Act
Coconut Farmers and Industry Fund
Advanced Nursing Education Act
After his SONA, the President immediately left the Batasang Complex and went back to Malacañang. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reiterated that mass gathering is still prohibited even during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The reminder was issued following numerous requests made to the department from groups who want to conduct protest rallies during the President’s SONA on Monday (July 27).
In an advisory released by the DILG, the department reminded local government units (LGU) to prohibit mass gatherings, following the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said they will strictly monitor and will apprehend anyone who will violate the IATF policies during SONA.
“Base sa instruction and guidelines na kapag may mag-rally doon na bawal at lalo na kapag walang permit at goes beyond the authorized number, aarestuhin talaga sila, (Based on the instruction and guidelines, if a group stages a rally without a permit and goes beyond the authorized number, they will be apprehended),” according to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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