Archive for October 26, 2014

Kimi pushes teachers’ 2K monthly chalk allowance

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SISON – Pangasinan Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco hoped her bill increasing the P1,000 yearly chalk allowance to P2000 monthly of public school teachers, will be approved by the Appropriation Committee so that it could be voted by the whole members of the House of Representatives.

RUBBING ELBOWS WITH THE PRESS.  Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (center) in an animated conversationwith the members of the media at the house of the Cojuangcos last October 6 in Sison.

RUBBING ELBOWS WITH THE PRESS. Fifth District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (center) in an animated conversationwith the members of the media at the house of the Cojuangcos last October 6 in Sison.

If approved by the committee, all the congressmen will sign, Cojuangco told reporters here.
She said she conferred with Senator Pia Cayetano, her counterpart in the Basic Education Committee, who was elated about her pet bill and will support it in the Senate.
Cojuangco reacted to rumors circulated in the social media like Face Book that she was against the raise of salary of public school teachers.
She said the P2000 monthly salary increase for teachers only was impossible to pass, as the law mandates that when there is salary increase, all government workers must be benefited.
If all government workers’ salaries are increased, it would mean “P3 billion which at this point our national government could not afford,” she said.
She said what was possible was to insert the P2000 allowance exclusively for teachers after she found out that their yearly chalk allowances was only P1000 a year.
“That’s why the teachers end up spending for other expenses like cartolina for teaching materials. That’s not right,” she said.
She said the P2000 a month proposal that is now in the Committee Level is much better than the P1000 a year allowance.

“Is that not a better way to do it? That’s one of the ways to skin a cat. There are many ways to skin a cat, that’s tax free. If they get P2000 a month whether they spend for instructional materials then that’s for them,” she said.
She said her bill was a rebuff to what was falsely circulated at the social media.
“How could anybody says I am not for raising the pay of teachers?”
Media reports said in year 2011, the chalk allowance for teachers was P700 or P3.50 per school day for the entire school year composed of 203 school days (SY 2010-2011).
Since 2012, the annual chalk allowance for public school teachers has been given a P300 raise, from P700 to P1,000, as announced by Education Secretary Armin Luistro. With 201 school days for SY 2011-2012, the daily chalk allowance increased to P4.98.
This year the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said mentors in some school division complaint that “only P400 was credited to their ATM for the payment of their chalk allowance.

October 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Purisima lifts suspension of permit to carry guns

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has lifted the suspension of the permit to carry firearms outside the residence (PTCFOR) in the province of Pangasinan.
The memorandum, posted at the FaceBook Page of the Pangasinan’s Police Provincial Office, ordered PPO’s Acting Director S/Supt. Reynaldo Biay: ‘2. This pertains to the suspension of all PTCFOR in the province of Pangasinan. 3. In this regards please be informed that said suspension is hereby lifted effective today October 13, 2014. X X X For the Acting Regional Director”
It was signed by Senior Superintendent Angelito D. Dumageng, chief Regional Operation and Plans Division, Camp Brigadier General Oscar M. Florendo, City of San Fernando, La Union.
PTCFOR was ordered suspended by Purisima through Acting Regional Director Chief Supt. Roman Felix last June 13 a few days after Urbiztondo Mayor Ernesto Balolong, a close friend of President Aquino, was assassinated by Innova car riding hit men as he was checking his property in his town.
The suspension raised uproar among gun holders who said they felt vulnerable as they have no way to protect themselves from criminals.
“The decision of Purisima was arbitrary. It is a violation of the constitutional rights (of due process) of the citizen to bear arm. What was his authority? There should be first a board resolution before he suspended it,” lawyer Joseph Samson said to this paper a week after the chief of the national police revoked the permit to carry guns.
In the press conference early September here called by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption to condemn the failed slay attempt to Pangasinan’s broadcaster Orly Navarro, VACC’s Lawyer Manny Mendoza welcomed Northern Watch Newspaper suggestion that the anti crime body would write a letter to Purisima requesting him to lift up the suspension of PTCFOR after the former feared that more lives would be snapped out because criminals would be emboldened to perpetuate their dastardly acts.

October 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

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