Teachers in the Philippines held protests in several cities today against new professional development regulations which would see them having to pay out of pocket to private providers.

In the words of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers: 'Continuing professional development, as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution, is a right that should be afforded to all.This law is nothing but a programme (which creates) an opportunity for corporate entities to earn profits from the ranks of the professionals, including the underpaid and overworked public school teachers.'

These latest protests are just the latest moves in the long struggle of the ACT and teachers in the Philippines for properly funded and safe public education and against privatisation. They deserve all our support and solidarity.