VP Sara ‘wasted no time to show its anti-teacher character’
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines described the first 100 days of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte in leading education sector as a period of “betrayal and neglect” of teachers, adding that the vice president “wasted no time to show its anti-teacher character.”
The group said even after the World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5, it only received hollow praises and no responses to teachers’ demands.
ACT submitted letters to both President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and Duterte.
“Magaling lang si DepEd Sec and VP Sara Duterte sa pag-uutos na buksan ang mga paaralan pero sinasalo namin ang mga problema sa hindi pinaghandaan at walang sapat na suportang pagbubukas ng klase, habang nakatiwangwang pa ang mga paaralan na nasira ng lindol at bagyo,” ACT chairperson Vladimir Quetua said.
According to ACT, the administration had imposed the following burdens to teachers:
– The veto of the bill exempting poll workers honoraria and allowances from taxes;
– Backtracking on March 19 electoral campaign promise to increase teachers’ salaries;
– Non-payment of up to three weeks of extended work last July, and under-compensation of services for enrolment and Brigada Eskwela;
– Unprepared school reopening;
– And non-response to the needs of calamity-stricken schools in the Abra earthquake and typhoon Karding.