Teachers' Group Issues Bill of 'Overdue and Demandable' Debts and Promises

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Teachers' Group Issues Bill of 'Overdue and Demandable' Debts and Promises


By Merlina Hernando Malipot

A group of teachers has listed "overdue and demandable" debts allegedly owed to their sector and urged the government "turn its attention" in addressing these concerns in order to advance their rights and welfare.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) once again reiterated their demands to the administration. Following the expose of recent "attempt" of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to gather a list of ACT members or affiliates from schools in various regions, the group came up with a counterpart list of "overdue and demandable" government debts to teachers, to which - according to the groups- the government "should turn its attention."

"Unlike the devious list of the PNP that have caused distress among teachers, what we have brought here today seeks to bring dignity to educators all over the country," said ACT National Chairperson Joselyn Martinez. "We have come up with a list of our pressing needs which the government owes us as all are backed by existing laws and publicly announced commitments," she added.

The list that the group bared recently at the gates of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) contained "10 of the lawful compensation and benefits which the government has failed to pay teachers for as far as five decades." Martinez explained that the fourth tranche of the salary adjustment under Executive Order 201, s. 2016 is "at the top of the list."

"The last of the salary adjustments currently in effect had been stalled due to billions-worth of questionable, last-minute insertions to the budget, causing the delay in its Congress approval," Martinez explained. Also included in the list is teachers' performance-based bonus (PBB) for 2017 lodged the Department of Education (DepEd). She noted that aside from being "highly exploitative" - as teachers are "reportedly required to deliver 130% performance under extremely tight means" - the "paltry bonus still hasn't been released, two years later, to 15 of the 16 regions that are eligible for the benefit."

Martinez added that the free annual medical check-up, hospitalization benefits, and full payment of hardship allowance guaranteed by R. …

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