Teachers union's CNA approved, to get P21K fringe benefits, P25K incentives

MANILA, Philippines – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers- NCR Union announced that their 2019 Collective Negotiation Agreement (NCA) with the Department of Education NCR had been approved.

The official signing of the CNA was held on Tuesday, February 12, with DepEd NCR OIC-Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral and Joselyn Martinez of ACT NCR Union.

Teacher’s union CNA approved, to get P21K fringe benefits, P25K incentives
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers NCR Union had their 2019 Collective Negotiation Agreement (NCA) approved with the Department of Education NCR | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ACT-NCR Union

The 2019 NCA was based on 5 key principles and contains 23 articles. One of the highlights of the agreement was the formal recognition of ACT NCR union as the "sole and exclusive bargaining agent" of over 70,000 teachers all over NCR in terms of protecting their rights and welfare.

The ACT NCR Union slams the other group who allegedly tried to represent the teachers but only had the intention of conniving with other government agencies such as the DepEd.

The teachers group also looked back at the success of their 2015 CNA that provided teachers with free faculty locker, water dispenser and supply, bulletin boards, first aid kits/training, gender awareness, leave privileges, retirement program, union representations and union meetings with service credits.

For this 2019 CNA, the ACT NCR Union was able to secure the following for their union members:

1. Fringe benefits amounting to P21,000
  • Rice Subsidy - P1,500 / quarter
  • Christmas grocery - P5,000 / year
  • Mortuary/funeral assistance - P10,000

2. CNA Incentive of maximum of P25,000

3. Athletic allowance worth P1,000 per employee

4. Health benefits
  • Free annual physical, dental and medical examination
  • Adequate Mental Health program

5. Compensation for overtime and overload

6. Leave Benefits
  • Study and Sick leave
  • Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Solo parent leave
  • Violence Against Women and Children Leave
  • Rehabilitation Leave
  • Relocation Leave
  • Calamity Leave
  • Special Leave for Women
  • Special Leave Privilege

7. Committee Representation

Representation of the Union to the following:
  • Grievance committee
  • Personnel selection
  • Ranking and Promotion
  • Praise and Awards
  • Investigating Committee
  • Uniform committee
  • Other committees created during and after CNA that concerns teachers

8. Transparent Promotion
  • Formulate, implement and ensure fair and efficient standard merit promotion plan and timely and regular promotion

9. Union/Time Privilege

10. Conducive Facilities

11. Working Conditions for senior citizens teachers

12. Retirees benefits

13. Protection of teachers against sexual harassment

The ACT NCR Union urged their members to keep watch on the implementation of the said agreements. They said, “Subalit ang mga ito ay mananatiling nakasulat sa papel. Nangangailangan ito ng mahigpit ninyong pakikiisa. Kailangan natin itong bantayan. Kailangan pa rin itong ipaglaban.”

They also encouraged other members to help keep their numbers growing. The group said, “Kaya ano ang dapat gawin: MAGPARAMI TAYO BILANG ACT UNION MEMBER. Patuloy tayong mag-aral sa isyu ng guro at makisangkot.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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