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Teachers need not worry about automated polls - DepEd

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (30 January) -- Regional director of the Department of Education XI Susana Estigoy assured the teachers planning to serve in the coming May Elections not to worry for they will not be performing complicated computer work.

After sending representatives of DepEd Xi to the Memorandum Signing between the DepEd and the Commission on Elections held in Manila, Estigoy got a word from the representatives that the role of teachers will not be as complicated as the role of the Smartmatic personnel.

"It is going to be a simple operation that they will perform," she said. Nevertheless, DepEd XI teachers are scheduled for training on March. Two schools in the region will also be the venue for mock elections on February 6.

The official also said that the region just awaits the required number of teachers from the Comelec and every provincial superintendent is tasked to accommodate such requirement to fill in teachers from their respective districts.

Every teacher will be receiving P4, 300.00 each that would cover their service fee and transportation cost.

In the MOA signed by both parties, Comelec agreed to the compensation demands of various teachers' organizations.

Members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) will get P3,000 each, plus P300 transportation allowance.

Another P500 will be given for the inspection, verification, and sealing of book of voters and an additional P500 for the inspection, verification, and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine.

Likewise, team leaders (school heads, principals and education supervisors who are not members of the BEI) who will supervise certain precincts will receive P3,000.

Janitors and messengers who will be assigned to precincts during the elections will get P1,500, while members of the Board of Canvassers in the municipal, city and provincial levels will get P5,000.

Since the local school board is in charge in handling the provision of honoraria of teachers, DepEd XI is requesting the LGUs to immediately release the payment of teachers' honoraria as soon as the election service has been rendered. (PIA XI) [top]

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