Teachers to get poll duty pay tomorrow

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By Neil A. Alcober Reporter

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TEACHERS who served in yesterday’s elections can expect to receive their honorarium within the week.

However, those who have no bank accounts will have to wait a bit longer, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Alberto Muyot, DepEd undersecretary for Legal Affairs, on Monday said some 40,000 teachers served as board of election inspectors (BEIs), while the rest are support staff. Of the 233,487 teachers who served in the elections, 83 percent or 193,794 have payroll accounts through ATMs [automated teller machines]and cash cards and 17 percent, or 39,693, do not have both, Muyot said.

Those who have ATMs can get their honorarium tomorrow.

Teachers with no ATM cards or cash cards will have to go to their local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office for their pay, Muyot, who also heads the DepEd Election Task Force, told reporters.

Election inspectors and DepEd supervisors will get a P3,000 honorarium, an extra P500 for the final testing and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and P500 transportation allowance for a total of P4,000.

The support staff will get an honorarium of P1,500, and those who will compose the Random Manual Audit Team, P2,000.

The education department said teachers who will be involved in any election-related violence will be “duly compensated.”

The Comelec, according to Muyot, has allocated P30 million for election-related death or injuries during the May 13 elections.

He said the heirs of DepEd and non-DepEd personnel who died in the performance of election-duties will receive P200,000 from the Comelec.

Death probe
The DepEd said it will investigate the killing of two teachers a day before the elections.
Muyot was referring to the deaths of the BEIs in Isabela province and a district supervisor in Maguindanao province.

“Pinapatingnan pa po natin kung totoo ang reports na ito kung related ito sa elections kasi nangyari ito bago pa sila mag-report for duty,” he told reporters.

May Aquinde was shot dead inside her house in Barangay Guam in Isabela at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, while Abas Minsu, a district supervisor in Maguin­danao province, was killed in an ambush also on Sunday.

Reports reaching the DepEd said an improvised explosive devise went off in front of the Pilot Elementary School, in Kabacan, Cotabato province on Monday, while authorities discovered firearms at the Buburay Elementary School in Dimataling town in Zamboanga del Sur province also on Monday.

Muyot said the government will foot the medical bills of the injured teachers.

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