Bad news for teachers

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


THE Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) described DBM’s appearance in the House budget hearing as “A bad news” after Budget Secretary Butch Abad confirmed that there is no budget item for salary increases for teachers as well as for other government employees.

“This administration is generous in giving us frustrations.” Said Benjo Basas, a high school teacher from Caloocan City and the group’s national chairperson.

Basas revealed that the productivity enhancement incentives (PEI) of state workers and public school teachers, which amounts to P10,000 since year 2007, was reduced to P5,000 beginning 2012.

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“I don’t want to compare this administration with the Arroyo presidency, but in year 2007 and 2008, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave a 10 percent salary increase through executive orders,” Basas recalled. “And in year 2009, the government began implementing the four-tranche salary increase thru the salary standardization law.”

Basas added that the only salary adjustments granted under Aquino and Abad were the last two tranches of the SLL-3 which were “not even initiated under the current presidency.”

The TDC has been lobbying for a P10,000 across the board increase for public school teachers and has launched a series of protest that will culminate in October in time for the celebration of World Teachers’ Day.

“This time, the government should be taught of our importance,” Basas said.--By Teacher’s Dignity Coalition

Street madness

When will the madness cease and some measure of common sense begin?

Read once again about an innocent man being arrested, jailed because of irresponsibility/stupidity of another person.

A recent news story was about a speeding motorcycle passing a tricycle and another motorcycle, and running head-on into a truck.

Clearly, the motorcycle driver was in the wrong and because of his stupidity he is now dead. But the truck driver had to pay for the dead guy's stupidity.

This is practically a daily occurrence here, and everyone seems to think it is okay for the innocent person to be charged with a crime. It's insane.

Sadly though, this affects every aspect of life here since nobody ever accepts responsibility and, of course, the reason for that is nobody has ever been taught responsibility.

This is obvious in all levels, as you see police/government vehicles being driven in the same irresponsible manner, passing on curves, speeding through busy school zones with, again, nobody behaving responsibly.

One would think the wealthy people driving the expensive vehicles might have a little sense, but if anything, they are worse than the poor guy from the province, driving along with wife and three kids. It is shameful.

Why can't somebody here wake up?--An American in Cebu

Responding to fires

I wrote this article based on my actual experience.

On the evening of July 20, 2014, a Sunday, at about a few minutes past seven, my wife and I were already resting inside our bedroom preparing to watch TV. Suddenly, our attention was diverted to a commotion outside our home.

The transformer at the tip of the Veco electric post across the opposite side of the street directly facing our house was on fire.

We started to panic but managed to control our fear and call up the fire department and Veco.

Because we don’t have a definite landmark to pinpoint our exact location, the Veco personnel asked for the post number of the post on fire.

I answered that as it was getting dark I don’t want to take the risk of going near a post that is spewing sparks just to copy the number.

She then quickly asked me instead to give her the account number of my Veco bill to which I promptly complied.

As the fire at the electric post was getting bigger, we decided to save our car first because our garage was facing directly the flaming post.

It then occurred to me that approximately a kilometer away is the barangay hall of San
Nicolas, Mambaling, which has two small fire trucks.

Leaving behind our housemaid to look after our house, we immediately rushed to the San Nicolas barangay hall and plead for help.

Fortunately, the Veco linemen arrived at the fire scene on time and were able to cut off electricity so the firemen could spray water at the fire.

Dear readers, we don’t know when a fire could happen in our household or in our neighborhood. It pays to be ready for the unexpected.

Post the following information in a conspicuous space near your telephone: the telephone numbers of the fire department, of Veco, as well as the number of the Veco electric post nearest your house, and the account number of your Veco bill.

The Veco electric post number and account number of your Veco bill will help Veco locate immediately in their computers your exact location.

When you talk to either the fire department or Veco, be firm and insist that it is an emergency that needs their immediate attention.--By Bulltiger

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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