May 13, 2010
The ACT TEACHERS Partylist today urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to give teachers who served on the Boards of Election Inspectors in the May 10 elections additional compensation.
“The public school teachers who served as BEIs are rightly being hailed as heroes for their performance on May 10. We praise their professionalism, patience, and sense of patriot duty. In this regard, we call on the COMELEC to give teachers an additional Php 2,000 in recognition of the sacrifices they made to ensure the success of the country’s first automated elections,” said ACT TEACHERS national president and first nominee Antonio Tinio.
Tinio pointed out that the additional pay is justified because teachers had to put in extra days of work as a result of the massive recall of wrongly configured Compact Flash cards and retesting of PCOS machines in the days leading up to election day. “Not to mention the extension of voting hours by one hour and the difficult work they had to put in on election day as a result of the clustering of precincts, where you had 3 BEIs attending to up to 1,000 voters.”
Tinio explained that with approximately 220,000 BEIs nationwide, their call for additional pay of Php 2,000 would cost the government Php 440 million. “It’s a substantial amount but our teachers deserve it. COMELEC has spent over Php 7 billion on the machines, but far too little for the people who made them work.”
BEIs not yet paid for their services
In a related development, ACT TEACHERS voiced the disappointment of BEIs, many of whom have yet to be paid for the services they rendered for the elections. “We’ve received reports that teachers in Manila, Malabon, Navotas, as well as in Baguio, Mindoro, Bacolod, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor have not yet received their election service honoraria,” said Tinio. “Considering the sacrifices they’ve made, the least the government can do is to ensure prompt payment. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many places nationwide.” #