ORMOC CITY – Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has made it clear that she is sympathetic to the cause of increasing the take-home pay of teachers, and will vote for measures regarding the matter anytime it is put on the floor.
Even party-list Rep. Antonio L. Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) vouches for that.
The congresswoman has been “attacked” on her Instagram post by some followers, who have accused her of being anti-teacher.
The attack stems from an advisory found at ACT’s website itself, where Gomez’s name is not on a list of House members who co-authored Tinio’s proposed bill to increase teachers’ salaries to a minimum of P 25,000 and non-teaching personnel to P 15,000.
In an Instagram post, Tinio, whose Instagram name is @tonchitinio said, “Cong. Lucy has always been supportive of measures that will promote the rights and welfare of teachers, including the demand for higher salaries. The ACT chapter in Ormoc can attest to that.”
Gomez thanked Tinio for coming to her defense, saying “thank you very much @tonchitinio for going out of your way to set the record straight. So many accusations and angry words… over something that is not true to begin with.”
Tinio’s “setting the record straight” also comes timely during the celebration of World Teachers’ Day, a big affair of which is now ongoing at Bacolod City.
Evelyn del Prado, a Master Teacher from Albuera, a town under Rep. Gomez’s legislative district here in Leyte, said she was able to relay Gomez’s assurances and Tinio’s support to co-teachers who were gathered at Bacolod City for an awarding.
Gomez reiterated she would always be an ally of teachers. “I have always believed that education is a great equalizer and to achieve that, we need to support our teachers.” — Lalaine Jimenea