A federation of activist teachers on Tuesday called on the legislative bicameral committee to rechannel funds to the delivery of basic services – particularly in the education sector.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines said that the bicam committee should rechannel the P8-billion intelligence funds and the P19-billion allocation for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict to the “delivery aid and basic services to the people suffering from the pandemic and other calamities.”
The ACT has been identified by President Duterte, along with defense and security officials, as a front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. It has denied the allegation.
In particular, ACT is calling for an additional budget for the education sector to address the concerns of both personnel and students under the distance learning set-up implemented by the Department of Education this school year.
“Our fight to assert for the government to provide for the needs of distance is a fight to make the government accountable to its neglect of its duty to fulfill the basic right of our youth to education amid the pandemic,” said ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio.