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Militant teacher’s group decries alleged discrimination

Published March 6, 2019, 9:18 PM

By Chito Chavez

Militant teacher’s group Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) asked the


government to stop discriminating its members from rendering election services.

In a statement, the group noted “over the last few weeks, teacher-unionists under
the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) have reported alarming cases of
disinformation in various regions, where some local officials of the Department of
Education (DepEd) have been declaring the ineligibility of ACT union members to
serve as part of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the upcoming midterm
polls.

ACT described this as another attack against teachers’ right to self-organization


and a dirty attempt to persecute ACT.

The group noted in Central Luzon and Eastern Samar, DepEd officials have
purportedly been announcing in meeting with school heads and in teachers’
seminars that ACT members are prohibited from being part of the BEI for the 2019
elections.

Citing another incident, ACT noted that in Laguna a document that made rounds
among teachers detailed the qualifications of BEI members, which explicitly
noted that members of the “Alliance of Concerned Teachers” are not qualified.

ACT national chairperson Joselyn Martinez asserted the outright singling out of
ACT members in election service has no legal basis saying no law or policy allows
for the wholesale disqualification of BEI members especially not on the grounds of
their affiliation to any organization, as such would be a case of political
discrimination prohibited by the law.

She insisted that barring teachers from serving as poll workers is a violation of R.A.
10756 or the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA) which states that public school
teachers shall be prioritized in election service.

“This is a vicious attack against teachers’ economic rights. For underpaid


teachers, the P6,000 honororarium they receive as workers during elections is a
significant addition to their scant income,’’ ACT noted.

“The accordance of a just compensation to the difficult and perilous job they take
on every elections is a product of their determined and consistent effort to push
for the enactment of the ESRA, and to prohibit them now from participating as
BEIs is to deny them of their hard-earned victory,’’ the group added.

Martinez described the government’s move as “a malicious strike against


teachers’ right to unionize, a clear attempt at union-busting’’ insisting that such
efforts are aimed at forcing teachers to dissociate themselves from the union by
stifling their work and compensation.

“As the surveillance and harassment suffered by our members continue to


intensify, another dirty tactic of vilification and persecution is employed by the
state in a futile attempt to enfeeble us and our organization,’’ ACT said.

With this development, ACT members called on the DepEd to clarify this issue
involving their local officials saying the department must state for the record if
there is such a national order to discriminate ACT members in election service.

“If so, how is this related to the meeting mentioned by retired DepEd Region 3
Director Torno which was supposedly held between DepEd and the National
Police Commission on the government’s counter-terrorism campaign? The
central office shall effect measures to correct the unlawful and misinformed
pronouncements of its local officials,’’ the group said.

ACT also urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to take urgent action to
resolve this issue. As the commission with the exclusive authority to appoint or
disqualify BEI members, we urge you to provide clarification on this matter.

Martinez lamented instead of subjecting teachers to intimidation and repression,


the state should honor and dignify them for their unparalleled commitment and
sacrifice in the fulfillment of their vital role in people’s education amid dire
conditions.

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MICUA, ANGELINE E.
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ED MGMT 501

According to Henry Fayol, one principle of management is equity wherein


there is combination of fairness, kindness and justice. It implies that the manager
should be fair and impartial while dealing with subordinates. In this article, some
local officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) have been declaring
ineligibility of the union members of the militant teachers group Alliance of
Concerned Teachers (ACT) to serve as part of the Board of Election Inspectors
(BEIs) in the upcoming midterm election. Some local officials of Department of
Education didn’t practice fairness and equal opportunity to teachers to serve for
the elections. We all know that public school teachers are required to serve to the
election polls as long as they are not related to the candidates that will run for the
elections. ACT national chairperson Joselyn Martinez asserted the outright singling
out of ACT members in election service has no legal basis saying no law or policy
allows for the wholesale disqualification of BEI members especially not on the
grounds of their affiliation to any organization, as such would be a case of political
discrimination prohibited by the law. She insisted that barring teachers from
serving as poll workers is a violation of R.A. 10756 or the Election Service Reform
Act (ESRA) which states that public school teachers shall be prioritized in election
service.

We need equity and fairness especially to the teachers who plays a big
role on our society. We need to follow the law for every right of the teachers. we
should give similar treatment to teachers of similar position and should not
discriminate with respect to age, caste, gender, religion, relation, and any group
or organization that they were involved. And we all know that the militant group
ACT helps to protect every right of the teachers. If the teachers who are members
of this organization will do dirty on the elections, it would be a shame for them
that’s why I believe that they still have conscience and dignity not to do the
shameless job during elections. We should give them fair treatment in every
opportunity that will come along their way. Having equity in educational
management of the school is essential for them to create and maintaim cordial
relations between the officials of DepEd and its subordinates such as principals,
teachers as the staffs and administrators. Discrimination free environment would
create respect and good relationship to every people.