The Department of Education (DepEd) assured on Monday that teachers who served in the barangay election can get their poll duty pay as soon as possible.
Alberto Muyot, DepEd undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs, said the education department and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have agreed to immediately release the honorarium for the board of election tellers (BETs).
“Honorarium will be given later today [Monday] or by tomorrow [Tuesday],” Muyot said during a press briefing at DepEd Central Office.
He said the election compensation will be in cash and will be given to local election officers after the election.
Teachers who serve as election tellers will each receive P2,000 from the Comelec and a one-time transportation allowance of P500 from the local government unit.
Teachers, principals or supervisors who served as supervising officials during the election are each entitled to P1,000, and those who acted as support staff of the election supervisors, P500 each.
The chairmen of BETs who served in the Barangay Board of Canvassers (BOC) will receive P1,000 if the number of clustered precincts is between 1 and 5; P1,500 if between 6 and 10 and P2,000 if 11 or more. The BOC will canvass and proclaim the winning candidates.
The Comelec also set aside P30 million for election-related deaths or injuries sustained by any DepEd personnel.
A total of 498,623 teachers served as board of election tellers in this year’s barangay elections down from the original 511,809 after the Comelec deferred the elections in Bohol province and Zamboanga City.
Some 50.2 million voters were expected to vote for 42,028 barangay captains [one per barangay]and over 294,000 barangay councilors (seven per barangay).
NEIL A. ALCOBER