Many teachers still unpaid for barangay poll duties

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TWO days after the barangay elections, many teachers are still waiting for the full release of their honoraria, according to the militant teachers’ organization Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).

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“We are saddened by the fact that after the painstaking discharge of duties of our teachers, the full release of their honoraria has not been released immediately after the elections. Our teachers religiously and diligently attended their tasks and delay in the release of their honoraria is a form of injustice to them,” Benjie Valbuena, the group’s national president, said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The group said the provinces of Pangasinan, Baguio, Cabanatuan, Masbate, Laguna, Olongapo, Biliran, Bulacan, Marinduque and Cavite in Luzon; Leyte, Northern Samar, Negros Oriental, Aklan, Bacolod and Cebu in Visayas; and Iligan City, Cotabato City, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte in Mindanao have not yet not received election compensation or honoraria from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“The same is true for the teachers of National Capital Region. In the cities of Taguig, Las Piñas, Malabon, Caloocan, Pasay, Valenzuela, Manila, Parañaque, Pasig, Marikina, Makati and San Juan not a single centavo was released to the teachers while only P2,000 has been released in the cities of Quezon and Pasig [short of P500 based on Comelec pronouncement],” Valbuena added.

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.

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 board of election tellers who served in the Barangay Board of Canvassers will receive P1,000 if the number of clustered precincts is between one and five; P1,500 if between six and 10 and P2,000 if 11 or more. The BOC will canvass and proclaim the winning candidates. The Comelec has 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.

The DepEd has also requested the poll body for an additional P300 fort each of teachers who served as election workers.

“Teachers are expecting to receive the full payment package as they are set to use this for the coming Todos Los Santos. They will use this to buy candles, buy food for their family gatherings and some even allotted this for their travel to their provinces. We urge the Comelec to be sensitive enough and make the necessary actions to for the speedy full release of the payment,” Valbuena said.

The group also urged the poll body to prosecute all those who were involved in the harassment, intimidation of the teachers in the transmittal of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia from the polling precincts to the city/municipal halls.

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