The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) led about 600 teacher leaders from the seventeen (17) divisions  of the Department of Education of the National Capital Region and nearby Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog who trooped to Malacañang last Friday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. to bring to the highest officer of our country their persistent problems regarding GSIS.  They presented the five demands of ACT to President Noy, which are:
1.Immediate refund of all over deductions.
2.Representation of a true teacher in the Board of Trustees of GSIS
3.Immediate abolition of premium-based and CLIP policies
4.Investigation and prosecution of Winston Garcia and cohorts
5.Scrapping of libel charges against ACT Chairperson and now
Representative-elect of the ACT Teachers Party list, Antonio L. Tinio
They were sad that President Noy was not there to welcome and listen to their complaints. They were instead welcomed and their appeal heard by Atty. Jose Amor Amorado, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary. ACT Secretary-General Ms. France Castro lamented, “After so many attempts on our part to meet him, (we attempted twice at Times St.), our problems were received by representatives of the President. Of course, we could not expect to get concrete commitments and direct answers towards the solution of our decade-long problems with GSIS. Once again, we will hope on the promise we received that all these will be relayed to the president immediately and the progress of actions which GSIS assured us will be monitored.”

Rep. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist presented the COA report on how GSIS did double deduction of premiums from its members because their records were not updated. OIC Consuelo Manansala of GSIS reacted negatively to the word “double deduction” and “victimizing” of members. This was part of his privilege speech in Congress. But Cong. Tinio insisted that that was the real situation. He also emphasized that the practice of doing this be stopped immediately and over deductions be refunded to those victimized right away. Atty. Amorado thanked Rep. Tinio for enlightening them on the problems through his informative report regarding the problems of teachers with GSIS. They were also agreeable that the teachers be properly represented in the Board of Trustees of GSIS and the President will be the one to appoint him or her.

“The first batch of our signed petitions were submitted to Atty. Ronaldo Geron, Asst. Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs. Our petition signing which is addressed to President Noy will continue as long as our problems and issues which are the reasons for our demands continue to exist. This is ongoing nationwide. In the event that these important demands are not given attention, we will have to act and lead our constituents once again to whatever moves we may unite to take up towards the elimination of our burden with GSIS,” Ms. Castro further said.
In conclusion, Ms. Castro has this to say to President Noy, “Part of your inaugural address says: ‘Alam nating lahat ang pakiramdam na magkaroon ng pamahalaang bulag at bingi. Alam natin ang pakiramdam na mapagkaitan ng hustisya, na mabalewala ng mga taong pinagkatiwalaan at inatasan nating maging ating tagapagtanggol.’. We hope that we will not be ignored in our pleas to end our sufferings given by GSIS“
source: France Castro


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