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Group of Teachers criticizes COMELEC failure to increase poll workers’ pay

Group of Teacher criticizes COMELEC failure to increase poll workers’ pay

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers slammed the Commission on Elections for its alleged misleading claim that the salary of poll workers for the 2022 elections will be raised by P3,000 when its guidelines show that they will get zero to P500 pay hike.

ACT also questioned why electoral board chairpersons were not included in the grant of anti-Covid allowance when they are in high risks upon performing election duties amid the pandemic.

The electoral boards facilitate the voting in each polling precinct and mostly of whom are public school teachers.

“Harap-harapang niloloko ang ating mga guro dito sa iskemang bigay-bawi ng Comelec, at malinaw na pang-aabuso ito sa poll workers na hindi bibigyan ng karampatang dagdag na kompensasyon sa kabila ng mas pinahabang oras ng botohan at mas matinding mga panganib na susuungin nila dahil sa pandemya,” Raymond Basilio, the group’s secretary general, said in a statement.

Basilio further said that ACT passed to the Comelec its proposal to increase election service compesation by P4,000, and travel allowance to P3,000 for those serving in the city proper and P5,000 to those assigned in rural areas.

The group also begged for the grant of P2,500 food allowance for poll workers.

“Luging-lugi na ang mga guro sa pagod, puyat, gastos, at panganib na kanilang dinadanas sa pagbabantay sa halalan. Ang masaklap pa, kakaltasan pa ng buwis ang kulang na kulang na ngang kompensasyon sa eleksyon,” Basilio said.

Basilio called on the Senate to increase the funding for election service honorarium for the 2022 elections.