BY NEIL A. ALCOBER Reporter
TEACHERS who served in yesterday’s elections can expect to receive their honorarium within the week.
However, the teachers 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, only 83 percent or 193,794 have payroll accounts through ATMs [automated teller machines]and cash cards, 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 P30 million has been allocated for compensating teachers who are injured or killed while carrying out election duties.
He said the heirs of DepEd and non-DepEd personnel who die in the performance of election duties will receive P200,000 from the Comelec.
In a related development, the DepEd said it will investigate the killing of two teachers a day before the elections.
Muyot was referring to the deaths of an inspector in Isabela province and a district supervisor in Maguindanao province.
“I want to check reports that the incidents happened before the teachers reported 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. 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 bill of the injured teachers.