Teachers to get P2,500 for brgy poll duties
MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) praised teachers who served as Board of Election Tellers (BETs) in the recently concluded barangay elections, saying Monday's elections were orderly and peaceful.
DepEd Undersecretary Alberto Yumot said so far, there have been no complaints against the teachers and no reports of violent incidents where teachers were victims.
"The department is very, very happy and relieved that there were no incidents that involved the teachers. So congratulations to our teachers for a job well done," Yumot said.
Each teacher who served in the elections will be getting P2,000 as honorarium plus an additional P500 as transportation allowance.
Yumot said the teachers should be getting their payment today.
He added they are now focused on the request from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for an additional P300 honorarium for the teachers.
"We understand that the Comelec is still waiting for the approval from the DBM [Department of Budget and Management] for the use of its savings, which will include the augmentation of P300 additional for our teachers," he said.
Yumot also gave a rundown of the problems encountered during yesterday's polls:
7 cases of delays in arrival of election officers;
8 cases of snatching of ballot boxes;
13 cases where precincts did not have a clear list of voters;
1 case of bomb threat;
2 cases of fire-related incidents;
5 cases wherein election materials did not arrive on time;
8 cases of complaints against candidates; and
4 cases of postponement in Calayan, Cagayan due to rough seas
He said teachers who may have complaints of harassment regarding yesterday's polls can seek help and assistance from the Public Attorney's Office (PAO).
Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said he understands the sentiments of some teachers who refused to serve in the barangay elections.
Several teachers refused poll duties in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because of security concerns. They were replaced by policemen.