BBM: Ensure teachers will receive overtime pay, other benefits for election duties

With the scheduled May 9 presidential elections almost just a month away, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer and presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos has called on relevant agencies to ensure that teachers rendering election duties will receive their overtime pay and other benefits on time.

Marcos pointed out that while elections are almost around the corner ,yet the teachers’ appeal for overtime pay in their duty on election day and the removal of tax on their honorarium has yet to be acted upon.

“Alam naman natin ang hirap na dinaranas ng ating mga guro na myembro ng mga BEIs (Board of Election Inspectors), ‘yung iba nahaharap pa sa panganib. Kaya dapat namang magawan na ng paraan ng mga concerned agencies itong apila ng ating mga guro na sana’y mabigyan sila ng overtime pay para sa election duty nila at mai-waive ang tax sa honorarium nila sa araw na ‘yun,” the presidential bet said.

“Yung election duty nila katumbas ng ilang araw na trabaho, at tuwing eleksyon na lang laging matagal na nga bago maibigay ang honorarium nila, hindi pa sila well-compensated,” he added.

This developed as the Department of Education (DepEd) earlier formed the DepEd Elections Task Force (ETF) Operation and Monitoring Center to provide technical and legal assistance to teachers who will perform poll duties on May 9.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that they wanted to help Comelec ensure and conduct a free, peaceful and honest elections.

“The ETF will ensure that teachers and personnel are provided with adequate information, technical and legal assistance in the course of the performance of their duties as members of the Electoral Board. This will also serve as DepEd’s institutional link to volunteer organizations and individuals,” Briones said.

Payments of honorarium to teachers who will serve in the ETF will be subjected to rules and regulations of Commission on Audit (COA).

In a related development, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) the largest union of teachers in the country recently asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) how it plans to compensate teachers who will serve as BEIs in the May 9 elections.

This, after a Comelec official said a joint memorandum circular between the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Budget and Management provided that Comelec is not allowed to give overtime pay to workers who are not their employees.