₱4,000 honorarium to be given to teachers for 2013 poll duties, less ₱300 compared to 2010 pay

Ding Cervantes of The Philippine Star (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that "teachers tasked to serve in the May 13 elections will each receive ₱4,000 poll duty pay and be covered by the ₱30-million accident or life insurance provided by the Commission on Elections (Comelec)."

Ding Cervantes of The Philippine Star (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that "teachers tasked to serve in the May 13 elections will each receive P4,000 poll duty pay and be covered by the P30-million accident or life insurance provided by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)."

 

The report noted: "The poll duty pay consists of P3,000 honorarium, P500 transportation allowance, and another P500 for testing and sealing the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. This year's poll duty pay is P300 less than what was given to teachers in the 2010 elections." The report quoted ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio, who explained that "while the teachers received P4,300 each in the 2010 polls, they are to receive a total of only P4,000 for their services in the May polls because of the removal of the sealing of book of voters as part of their duty." However, the teachers’ transportation allowance was "increased from P300 to P500, for a total of P4,000."

 

The report also pointed out that "teachers earlier asked the COMELEC to increase their honorarium from P3,000 to P5,000, but it was not granted in the memorandum of agreement signed recently by the poll body and the Department of Education."

 

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