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Jose Rizal University

Education International
Volume 3 Issue 1 January—September 2018

he United Nations have identified and declared a unpaid care and domestic work than men. We keep
particular goal for sustainable development ex- on learning so that we can keep teaching. We make
clusive for gender equality, which we all know night a day. We treat our students
as well enshrined as SDG 5. To achieve gender like our own children. We care.
equality and empower all women and girls, all the
members of the community must work together.
While it is far from realization, and the road to take to .
fully experience a gender-friendly and inclusive com- We exert twice much of our own
munity, teachers and leaders shall find way. We have strength to keep going even things
been put in a biased context of being weak, being an are uncertain and tough. We create
object, and being a subject. Education is a powerful our own opportunities when the
tool that we can utilize in transforming the society male-dominated societies do not al-
low sharing these with us. Most of
SDG 5 or making gender equality a reality by our women leaders mustered enough courage to
2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many question the status quo in leadership roles frequently
root causes of discrimination that still curtail wom- and vastly occupied by men. These are the stories we
en’s rights in private and public spheres (Source: often hear from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and
www.unwomen.org). More lamentably, there 49 coun- Cambodia where women had really endured struggles
tries still lack laws protecting women from domestic in making their role and importance to the society
violence, while 39 bar equal inheritance rights for recognized,
daughters and sons. Based on data from 87 coun-
tries, 1 in 5 women and girls under the age of 50 will
have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by . The freedom of deciding for ourselves
an intimate partner within the last 12 months.
based on our own will because we are women is a
reason to celebrate. In our hands lies the power of
This is the primary reason why Education In-
our collective minds to take more pro-active position
ternational (EI) and all of its women development,
in a turbulent world. Our dignity as human beings is
gender-based advocacy agencies and groups are mo-
our contribution to nation building and global peace.
bilized to respond to the challenges post by conven-
tional communities and cultures. In response and in
alignment of this principle, Education International
Asia-Pacific Region conveyed strong and clear mes- . We use education to liber-
sage to direct all of their efforts towards the promo- ate learners from ignorance. We fuse our soul to our
tion of women, girls and so with the LGBTI group. body to make them stronger and better. We use our
During the 8th EI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference held words to inspire as these are more efficient and pow-
in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2018 October 8 to 11, erful than silence. We speak our mind. Women teach-
teachers and union leaders from 27 countries crafted ers and leaders do not just adapt to changes, we cre-
resolution which seeks to improve conditions for eve- ate them.
ryone in education and at work regardless of gender
contextualizing spectrum of human rights as inaliena- SDG 5 is within our reach. The ASEAN Wom-
ble rights for all. en’s Network will be there wherever every woman will
be. After all, the essence of

. As reported, women do 2.6 times more


ACT- Philippines Educator - legislator keeps working

(Alliance of Concerned Teachers) for longer maternity leave

Island Wide Training of Trainers

otherhood and child-rearing are part of nation building
therefore the government must prioritize the increase on the
Conducted in Different Regions days of maternity leave from 60 days (normal delivery) up
to 78 days (caesarian operation) to 100 days.
ACT Philippines on The first day of the As a representative/legislator for teachers and the education
the second year of imple- training was highlighted by sector and as an educator herself, Representative France Castro is an
menting its project under the a press conference on bully- advocate of this proposal because 80% of teachers are women. Act
Teachers Party-list is one of the principal authors and the most ardent
ASEAN Women’s Network – ing and an outdoor activity
advocates for the passage of House Bill 6399. It was later on substituted
Philippines, the three island- denouncing bullying and all
by House Bill 4113 which is the consolidated version including the other
wide Training of Trainers on its forms: physical, verbal,
15 bills proposing the lengthening of the maternity leave. Castro be-
social, cyber and bullying
lieves that the enactment of the measure is necessary to protect the
done by no less than the maternal health and postnatal health care of women employed in both
State. The action with the the government service and private sector, as well as the welfare of the
Theme: “Stand up and Speak child. This measure also seeks to uplift the plight of working women in
Out Against Bullying” is in the country, enabling them to take care of their newborn child while
solidarity with the simulta- still pursuing their work or career.
neous International Celebra- Currently, the bill is in the plenary for second reading and
tion Against Bullying by 25 sponsorship. Prior to that, the House Committee on Women and Gen-
countries across the globe der Equality has endorsed the measure for plenary approval. HB 4113
including America, Australia seeks to increase the maternity leave period to 100 days with pay and an
and United Kingdom every option to extend to an additional 30 days without pay for female work-
4th of May as declared by the ers in the government service and private sector.
United Nations. Based on the deliberations, the current maternity leave is
This was followed extremely inadequate and considered as the shortest maternity leave in
by the Mindanao-wide train- the whole world as per the International Labor Organization (ILO)
ing held in Golden Stallion convention. The proposal further assures the security of tenure of fe-
Hotel, Cagayan de Oro, on male workers and emphasizes that maternity leave shall not be used as
May 16-18, 2018 and the Vi- basis for demotion in employment or termination. It allows transfer to a
the use of the Module on sayas-wide in Schoenstatt parallel position or reassignment from one organizational unit to anoth-
Gender Equality – Under- Retreat House, Talisay City, er in the same agency provided that it shall not involve a reduction in
standing its Historical and rank, status or salary.
Cebu on May 23-25, 2018.
Structural Contexts was held In an event organized by the Philippine Commission on
In the 2015 Global
last May 2018. The island- Women last October 18, 2016, Rep. Castro was named as the champion
Gap Report, the Philippines
wide trainings wereconduct- of Maternity Leave. She joined fellow lawmakers and advocates in the
made it to top 10 in the
ed in collaboration with the symbolic statement of support to the Women's Priority Legislative
world and the only Asian Agenda.
AWN-Philippine Affiliates:
country which was ranked
Federation of Free Workers Contributed by:
high in gender equality. Bro. Raymond Basilio
(FFW), Samahang Mangga-
However, there are still some Secretary General—ACT Philippines
gawang Pilipino - National
reports that women are dis-
Alliance of Teachers and
criminated and unempow-
Office Workers (SMP-
ered. Gargantuan
NATOW) and Teachers Or-
tasks still have to
ganization of the Philippine
be done, especial-
Public Sector (TOPPS) in
ly among the vul-
partnership with Education
nerable groups
International (EI) and
not equally bene-
fitted by the gains
The first island- enjoyed by other
wide training was held in women locally
Baguio City, Philippines on and globally.
May 4-6, 2018 and participat-
ed in by delegates of AWN-
Philippine affiliates from the
regions of the Luzon island. continued on page 8
Volume 3 Issue 1 January—September 2018 Page 3

(Persatuan Guru Republik Indonesia)


"We must be able to read the direction of the times," Sri Vocational school, and universities is a necessity.
Mulyani Indonesian Finance Minister said at the Public Dialogue and Four Cs in the 21st century education should not only focus
PB PGRI's Halal Bihalal at Gedung Guru, Jakarta (10/07). This activi- on memorization and textbooks. Critical thinking, creativity, com-
ty was also attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Minister of Edu- munication, and collaboration should also be developed. Students in
cation and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Director General of Technolo- the class are trained to solve humanitarian problems from simple to
gy and Higher Education Resources Ali Gufron, , and Head of PB complex; from the surrounding problems to the problems of the
PGRI Unifah Rosyidi. This activity is held on the cooperation of PB world community; from using simple to sophisticated equipment.
PGRI, Kompas, and Ministry of Education and Culture. Critical culture has been grown since elementary school by provok-
The era of industrial revolution 4.0 is characterized by the ing students to answer: why this happened and what are the solu-
utilization of the internet almost in all lines of life. The era of techno- tions.
logical, information and communication progress (ICT) facilitates, A culture of critical thinking, collaboration, and good com-
accelerates, and simplifies jobs that were difficult and time- munication will produce works and innovations that benefit life.
consuming. Students are challenged to become inventors not innovators of other
This condition demands a world revolution in education in people's work. The student paradigm is changed from consumer to
all its aspects, especially the mastery of ICT. Indonesian education producer. Today can be a consumer but one day must produce their
should prepare prospective experts in this field. In addition to all own work. Creative students are born by creative teachers. Accord-
students in every department must be ICT literate, strengthening ICT ing to Jusuf Kalla, "reliable human resource is the key to innovation".
Teachers are the key to educational innovation. Teachers must be
competent and have integrity. "Integrity is a value that is not traded,"
Sri Mulyani said. This competence is obtained through lifelong learn-
ing through a variety of resources that are of minimal importance.
While integrity is something that must be fought without tireless and
unyielding. The temptation to always violate religious and social
norms will continue to be experienced by humans throughout their
lives. According to Unifah Rosyidi, "Teachers must improve their
competencies so they can prepare human resources who are ready to
face the current disruptive era". Teacher's salary must be good be-
cause of the principle of professionalism, which means that not eve-
ryone can be a teacher. One must take special education and training
to become a teacher. The teacher must be prosperous because of the
important task for the progress of the nation. According to Jusuf
Kalla, "prosperity gave birth to good teaching".

The rise of PGRI Women in East Java

ith a passion to improve the capacity of PGRI mem-
bers, on 30-31 March 2018 at Garden Palace hotel Su-
rabaya, a workshop has been carried out capacity
building activities and leadership of PGRI and prepa-
ration of establishment of PGRI Woman Special Board of districts /
cities in East Java.

This activity was attended by secretaries of women em-

powerment from 32 districts / cities in East Java. This activity was
originally part of the capacity building activities of LKBH, DKGI,
APKS and women empowerment board. The first day of workshop
was about graphology and hypno teaching while the second day following all the sessions facilitated by Ibu Dwi Ratnawati and
was PGRI members’ capacity reinforcement in each board. Lailatul Musyarofah.
In the session of women's empowerment, activities began
In the question and answer session, the queries revolved
with advanced leadership materials followed by preparation for the
around the technical issues of implementing and establishing of a
formation of special board of PGRI women. The event went smooth-
special board for the empowerment of women from the formation
ly and warmly, the participants, mostly women secretary of em-
powerment in each district / city, were also very enthusiastic in procedure to funding.
continue on page 8


(Sarawak Teachers Union)

Launching of Anti Bullying Campaign by Sarawak Teachers’ Union

S arawak Teachers’ Union (STU) had organised the

Anti-bullying Campaign on 18 August 2018 and
attended by 52 participants. The participants con-
sisted of teachers from all the different divisions in
Sarawak. They are either primary schools or sec-
ondary schools teachers. Also present during the
functions were all the principal officers of Sarawak
Teachers’ Union and the the District Education of-
ficers from Kuching, Pedawan and Lundu districts.
The Deputy Director of Education, Tuan Haji Abang
Mat Ali bin Abang Masagus was invited to officiate
the launching ceremony. Car stickers were printed Participants in the attentive mode
and were given out to all the participants after
the launching ceremony to enable them to bring cipline cases in the government schools are report-
back to their respective divisions to run the cam- ed to the Ministry of Education through the online
paign at their division level. system. In school, the reporting are usually done by
the school discipline teachers while the reporting is
monitored by the Senior Assistant of students Af-
T he main objective of this seminar is to create
awareness among the school teachers on the
issue of bullying in schools. From this seminar, STU
fairs. STU will surely continue to support the cam-
paign of anti-bullying while even there is no ex-
also hopes to achieve the objectives to empower treme cases that happen in the school.
victims in terms of action to be taken when faced
with bully and to highlight the best practices in
handling bullies in school.

A fter the launching, the participants attended a

talk delivered by sub-inspector on Anti-
bullying. The participants were informed how to
deal with bully cases and steps that a school need
to do if they faced bullying problems in schools. The
Anti-bullying campaign launching received a very
good responds from the members. The participants
are keen to go back to the division to spread the
news to the other teachers.

A ccording to statistics, bullying cases in Sarawak

has reduced since last year as reported by the
Deputy Director of Education during his opening
Car stickers were presented to the guests of honour
Deputy Director of Education and the District Educa-
tion officers from Kuching Division after the
speech. In Sarawak, bullying may not be as serious launching ceremony
cases than in other parts of the world. All the dis-

The participants from Sarawak attended the anti bullying Campign in

Kuching on 18th August 2018
Volume 3 Issue 1 January—September 2018 Page 5


(Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino - National Alliance of Teachers and Office Workers)
Consultation on Magna Carta of Women
LUZON: July 29, 2018, Brentwood Apartelle, Baguio City
SMP NATOW, lead organization in conducting the updates and con-
sultation on Magna Carta of Women under the ASEAN Women's
Network among the Education International - Philippine affiliates and
Security of Tenure in relation to pressing issue of contractualization
of teachers and non teaching personnel, had an active and positive
leadership also in the grass roots.

SMP-NATOW Vice President for Teaching Engr. Leonora

Velasco Fermin-Quarte had her time for highlighting the
Magna Carta of Women and the role it plays in the empow-
erment of women and promotion of gender equality.

Sis. Milagros C. Ogalinda, SMP-NATOW Secretary General,

amplifies the current labor situation in the Philippines.
Accordingly, workers can further improve themselves and
their living and working conditions through unionism. She
also claimed that private and public schools could be
flagged "alarmingly red" as these fall short of occupational
safety and health. More so, labor standards are not well
complied by some private institutions.

This is a series of activities that SMP-NATOW conducts in the country as it empowers teachers and office
workers through education, affiliation, negotiation, and collective bargaining.

VISAYAS: August 26, 2018, Gerry Roxas Training and Convention Center
Secretary General Sis. Milagros Ogalinda,
AWN-Phils SMP-NATOW Focal Person ex-
plains the vitality of consulting teachers and
office workers in the light of Magna Carta of
Women. The background of the ASEAN Wom-
en’s Network and the enabling law (MCW) are
likewise highlighted.

Engr. Leonora Velasco Fermin-Quarte, SMP-

NATOW Vice President for Teaching, discuss-
es provisions of the Republic Act 9710 popular-
ly known as the Magna Carta of Women. This
is in line with the commitment of SMP-NATOW
under the ASEAN Women’s Network (AWN)
program of educating and empowering union
leaders, especially women.


(Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino - National Alliance of Teachers and Office Workers)
SMP-NATOW stirs up anti-bullying campaign efforts

he Samahang Manggagawang Pilipino–National Alliance of Teachers and Office Work-
ers (SMP-NATOW), an affiliate of Education International (EI) in the Philippines, has
launched its national campaign to curb bullying in the schools and in the workplaces. This is a pro-
active engagement of the federation for the ASEAN Women’s Network (AWN-Philippines),
EI sub-regional women’s agenda and advocacy forum buoyed by Lärarförbundet (Swedish Teachers
Union). The Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF) likewise actively supports AWN’s anti-bullying
campaign. Sis. Shashi Bala Singh, EI-Asia Pacific Chief Coordinator, and Sis. Pathma Krishnan, EI
regional coordinator, steer the AWN activities.
Mandaluyong City, National Capital Region

United against bullying! (Left) SMP-NATOW kicks off its national anti-bullying campaign with EIAP Regional Coordinator, Bro. Rey D.
Dolot, Dr. Joseph Jovellanos (President) and Sis. Milagros Ogalinda (Secretary General) leading the participants to stand up for the bullied
and victims. (Top, Right) Sis. Ailene Montalban (Chair, Women’s Committee) facilitates the symbolic signing of manifesto of support.
(Bottom, Right) Members of the federation take staid anti-bullying hand.

On May 1, during the celebration of International Labor Day, SMP-NATOW has officially
started its efforts on anti-bullying campaign by bringing together around 180 teachers, union members,
youth and students, parents, and school officials in the Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City. The choice of
Mandaluyong City to be the venue is suitable as it is recognized officially as the most child-friendly local
government unit in the country.

Bro. Rey Clemente Dolot, EI senior coordinator, served as one of the resource persons to-
gether with Ms. Gemma Garcia, student discipline officer at José Rizal University. Bro. Avelino
Caraan, SMP-NATOW Deputy Secretary General–Research, presented a study about bullying in the

The national campaign was highlighted by the signing of manifesto of support to halt bullying. Be
a buddy, not a bully! chant volubly echoed in the hall.
Volume 3 Issue 1 January—September 2018 Page 7

Baguio City, Luzon

On May 4-6, SMP-NATOW Vice President
for Teaching Engr. Leonora Quarte sent local
affiliates of the federation to the EI-AWN
(Philippines) Luzon-wide Gender-based Train-
ing. Gender is one of the bases of bullying in
the country. It is found out that women and
members of the LGBTI community are fre-
quently bullied in the schools which lead to
demotivation and to some extent, suicides.
The participants took to streets to raise SMP-NATOW local union leaders flash anti-bullying campaign posters and tarpaulins
awareness of the society on the need to put as they bring to the public the issue of school bullying and mental health.
an end to bullying.

Zamboanga City (Mindanao)

On May 13, the campaign has Zamboanga

City in Mindanao on its trail to popular-
ize anti-bullying campaign of the federa-
tion. Private school teachers, parents,
and organizers participated in the launch-
ing held at the Astoria Plaza. The same
research presented in the NCR launch
was given by SMP-NATOW to the par-
ticipants who were given substantial
background about the alarming situations Participants led by the SMP-NATOW officers raise hand stop sign that represents
brought about by bullying in the schools their ardent, serious desire to put an end to bullying in the schools and workplaces,
and at works. Zamboanga City, Mindanao

Roxas City (Visayas)

On August 26, forty (40) teacher-leaders,

union members, youth and parents at-
tended the launch of anti-bullying cam-
paign held in Gerry Roxas Convention
and Training Center, Roxas City, Cap-
iz. The federation rolled up plan to inte-
grate the said campaign to local unions’
activities. Posters and placards pertinent
to the campaign were distributed.
Participants led by the SMP-NATOW officers raise hand stop sign that represents their ardent,
serious desire to put an end to bullying in the schools and workplaces, Roxas City, Capiz.

“No to bullying. Schools and workplaces shall be free from unnecessary pressures and discrimina-
tion. We teachers are in the front row preserving works and lives.” said SMP-NATOW Secretary General
Sis. Milagros Ogalinda.

For related social media write ups and photos, please like and share May 1 (NCR), May 6 (Luzon), May 13 (Mindanao) and
August 26(Visayas) posts at the official Facebook account of the federation, SMP NATOW. Thank you.
Island Wide Training of Trainers In 1999, women leaders representing different Education
International affiliates from the ASEAN countries were gath-
It is only when women and the members of the LGBTQI are ered by the then EI Coordinator Sis. Sashi Bala Singh (now our
capacitated with their rights that they are able to fully understand their Chief Coordinator ) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to intensify
inner strengths and weaknesses, capitalize on these strengths and work women’s initiatives against all forms of discrimination. Hence,
on their frailties. the EI ASEAN WOMEN’S NETWORK was established in 2000 as
a response to the continuing discrimination and violence
In a society where misogyny, sexism, stereotyping and blame
against women experienced in their work, in education and in
shaming are significantly actualized and verbalized by the country’s their respective countries.
leaders, the Filipino children might misconstrue Moreover, in a country
where more than 80% of the education workers are women, it is quite The network realized the need to have a structure to imple-
imperative that something must be done to equip them with the neces- ment the various programs/projects for the advancement of
sary skills and attitude to help them address the gender disparity they the status of women and address different issues detrimental
for its realization. There is also a need to monitor the success
experience in the family, community and workplace.these actions as so-
and failures of each organization and a venue for this must be
cial norms and unless properly processed might impact on them until
put up. This gave birth to the ASEAN WOMEN’S NEWSLETTER
later years in their lives. with great pride the newsletter serves as a vehicle for the
Teachers, especially the women, have to walk the talk because exchange of information among members of the network and
they play a potent role in educating the youth on the facets of gender, other concerned groups
respect for one’s status or preferences in life, knowing and accepting each Through this network, women leaders from different regions
other’s differences. were able to exchange and share ideas, strategies and news
Very much aware that these are only the offshoots of a restric- about their respective organization. The representatives
tive society, ACT Philippines believe that there is really a need to study pledge to promote the economic and social empowerment of
the underlying causes of the current state of affairs, thus the cascading of women through greater participation in decision policy mak-
the Module on Gender Equality - Understanding its Historical and Struc- ing in the union and society.
tural Contexts across the regions of the Philippines.
Contributed by:
Cristina V. Manalo
ACT Philippines’ Focal Person for AWN-Philippines

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The rise of PGRI Women...

In Chapter VIII article 21 of PBPGRI Regulation Number 03 / PO /
PB / XXI / 2018 it is stated that the establishment of PGRI Women is estab- As women educators, we envision a strong and sustain-
lished at the central, provincial and district / city levels. PGRI women are able ASEAN WOMEN’S NETWORK which contribute to
formed by the Board of Directors of PGRI Organizations according to their the attainment of gender equality and women empow-
level. The formation of PGRI Women at the provincial and district / city erment at work, in teacher’s union and society in gen-
levels should obtain recommendations from the PGRI Women on the upper eral.
level. The formation of PGRI women can first be done simultaneously if the
female PGRI level above it has not been formed. While financial resources
can be obtained from the governing body of the PGRI organization, grants MISSION
from non-binding government or non-government agencies, and income
 To promote gender awareness by integrating gender
from non-binding businesses.
issues in all trade union activities
This activity ends with the formation of Whatssap group to monitor  To develop functional women’s committees / network in
the follow up activities undertaken in each district / city. The positive im- the union.
pression and spirit of the participants was demonstrated even after the event
 To enhance the proactive role of women in the decision
by continuously communicating and coordinating especially regarding the
making governance through capacity building and net-
formation of PGRI Women of districts/cities.
 To maintain an effective communication system for shar-
ASEAN WOMEN’S NETWORK ing that will provide data base for research, monitoring
Editorial Board and evaluation
Sis. Pathma Krishnan  To advance social awareness for sustainable develop-
Regional Coordinator, EIAP ment of society through the promotion of rights of women,
Sis. Milagros C. Ogalinda Sis. Fransiska Susilowati children, and the girl child.
SMP-NATOW, Philippines PGRI, Indonesia

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Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF)
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