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PRESS RELEASE: Solon calls for salary upgrading for COMELEC employees

30 April 2014 No Comment

PRESS RELEASE

30 April 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

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On the eve of Labor Day and days before voters’ registration resumes, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio joined COMELEC employees in demanding for pay hikes.

 

At a press conference with the COMELEC Employees Union and the Provincial Election Supervisors of the Philippines, Tinio said that for years, around 6,000 poll workers especially rank-and-file employees have complained of salaries which are not at par with those of equivalent positions in other government agencies.  The disparity ranges from three to five salary grades, violating the principle of “equal pay for equal work.”

 

For example, COMELEC clerks get at least P10,401 monthly (Salary Grade 3) while those in other constitutional bodies like the Senate receive P13,890 (SG 7).  An Election Officer I, responsible for a small electoral municipality, and Election officer IV, for capital towns and cities, are paid P19,940 and P39,493 respectively (SG 12 and 21).  Considering their duties and work load, they perform functions equivalent to division chiefs in other agencies who get P49,750 monthly (SG 24).

 

“Every step of the election process, from voters’ registration to the canvassing of votes, is carried out because COMELEC employees toil all year round, even harder during the election season.  They are additionally saddled by flawed automation,” said Tinio.  “It is unjust that poll workers—the very backbone of the democratic exercise—are rewarded by government with salaries disproportionate to their vital roles.”

 

Tinio added that decent salaries will help insulate COMELEC employees from graft and corruption during elections.

 

Tinio is set to file a bill for salary upgrading of COMELEC employees.  Noting that COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes, Jr. previously pledged support to the pay hike campaign, he called on the poll chief to lobby for the bill’s passage.

 

The time is right, Tinio added, for Brillantes to include in COMELEC’s 2015 budget proposal the funding requirements to make the pay upgrade possible.  In addition to gearing up for the resumption of voters’ registration on May 6, COMELEC is also preparing its budget proposal to be submitted to DBM.  ###

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