Double pay for teachers on elections day sought

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MANILA — Two party-list lawmakers seek to double the compensation for teachers who will serve as board of election inspectors (BEIs) in the May 2013 midterm polls.

Party-list Representatives Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers) and Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela Women’s Party) sought a P6,000 pay, from last year’s P3,000, for public school teachers rendering poll-related duties.

“The compensation should be at least P6,000 considering the higher workload of teachers due to the clustering of precincts. This means that they have to process up to five times more voters on elections day,” Tinio pointed out.

Precincts were clustered in the 2010 polls, when the Commission on Elections first implemented the use of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Voters per clustered precinct reached up to 1,000 individuals. A team of three BEIs was assigned per clustered precinct.

Ilagan, meanwhile, cited threats on the lives of teachers performing poll duties.

“I agree they should be given bigger honorarium. It is a difficult and dangerous task. They are even blamed when things go wrong for the candidates,” she said.

“But I also think poll service should be optional,” the party-list lawmaker added. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)