Teachers want to junk Executive Order 80

MEMBERS of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers wanted to junk President Benigno Aquino’s Executive Order 80 citing it as deceptive.

“EO 80 is deceptive because essentially President Aquino banned future grants of additional bonuses or increases in incentives already received by state workers,” Mr.Benjie Valbuena, Vice-president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.

Signed in 20 July, the EO lays down the guidelines for a PBB or performance-based bonus, paraded by Aquino talking to heads as an “innovative” system to reward productivity in civil service.

ACT Teachers Partylist solon, Rep.Antonio Tinio reveals that the EO’s Section 5 bars agencies from giving their employees allowances, incentives, and bonuses other than those under SSL III and from increasing the rates of existing bonuses.

“Instead of heeding just demands of state workers for adequate remuneration and tighter price controls, Pnoy targeted us, public servants, whose basic pay “cannot take us home.” To outlaw any supplemental amount to regular income of civil servants is unjust and anti-people,” Mr.Valbuena added.

The genuine way to reward productivity in civil service is for this government to act on the demands of teachers and other state workers for a living wage. The pending House Bills authored by Rep.Antonio Tinio of ACT

Teachers Party list  such as House Bill 2142, for the salary upgrade of DepEd and locally-funded teachers, and HB 5662, for the increase of the Personnel Economic Relief Allowance to P4,000, which are  lying dormant in the Committee on Appropriations since their referral must be acted upon instead.

“We call on fellow teachers to organize fora, signature campaigns against EO 80 and  school bell ringing protests  and other forms of action so that the Aquino administration will know the genuine concept of productivity which include among others, collective action against unjust and anti-people policies such as EO 80,” Mr.Benjie Valbuena said.

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