A teachers’ group on Thursday expressed its support to House Bill 412 which seeks to deduct the salaries of lawmakers whenever they incurr absences.
The bill was filed by Rep. Tobby Tiangco of Navotas City.
“Our senators and congressmen are among the highest paid officials of government, thus, they have to prove that they are worth it,” Arsenio Jallorina, Ating Guro party-list chairman, said.
“Lawmakers should abide by the laws they make, for ordinary teachers and employees the rule is ‘no work, no pay,’ it should also be applied for them. Nakakahiya naman sa isang simpleng public school teacher at karaniwang empleyado sa gobyerno na deducted sa sahod and absences at under-time kahit pa isang minuto lang,” Jallorina added.
Jallorina served as a classroom teacher and principal in Manila for forty years before retiring in 2010.
Another group, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), echoed the sentiments of Jallorina.
“There would be a clear violation of people’s mandate when legislators absent themselves during session days. Lack of quorum is a usual reason why important bills were not tackled and would just end up in archives. As legislators, their primary task is to make laws and not something else,” Benjo Basas the group’s national chairman, said.
“Being part of the body tasked to make laws of the country, our legislators should serve as role models to our employees and make themselves available at all times. They have to remember that public office is a public thrust and that they are accountable to the people who pay them thru the hard-earned taxes,” Basas said.
Both groups said they will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize the passage of the bill.
“If Malacanang will act favorably for this proposal, it would be another proof that change, indeed has come.” Jallorina said.