25 FEBRUARY 2014–ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio today presented to the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms an unnumbered substitute bill for the Election Service Reform Act of 2014. This is the product of the Technical Working Group he headed to consolidate several bills including our House Bill 444. Members of the TWG included the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (through Secretary General Ms. France Castro) and the QC Public School Teachers Association (through President Dr. Priscilla Ampuan).
If enacted, the measure will lighten the burden of public school teachers who have long clamored for release from the often dangerous mandatory election service.
Salient provisions of the bill:
1. Section 4. Refusal from rendering election service on grounds such as health, age, or security concerns
2. Section 5. Honoraria of P6,000 for BEI Chair, P5,000 for BEI members, P4,000 for DepEd Supervisor, and P2,000 for support staff; travel allowance of P1,000; review of the amounts by COMELEC every 3 years
3. Section 6. Death benefis and medical assistance
4. Section 7. Legal assistance
5. Section 8. Indemnification
6. Section 9. Establishment and administration of a special trust fund for medical assistance, death benefits, legal assistance, and indemnification
The TWG will have another meeting to fine-tune a few provisions, after which the Committee will approve it to elevate it to the Lower House as a whole for approval on Second and Third Reading.
Click here to read the full text of the substitute bill for the Election Service Reform Act of 2014 (as of Feb. 24, 2014). ###