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Comelec approves honoraria increase of teachers in 2022 election — DepEd

Comelec approves honoraria increase of teachers in 2022 election

The Commission of Elections (Comelec) approved the request of Department of Education (DepEd) to increase the honoraria of teachers who will serve as Electoral Board (EB) and Poll Workers in the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections.

“We want to express our gratitude to the Comelec for approving our request for higher compensation for our teachers that will render their services in the next year’s election. Given the current health situation, it is rightful for them to receive additional allowance,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

In a response letter of Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas dated April 29, through Executive Director Bartolome J. Sinocruz, Jr., the Commission supported the adjusted honoraria, which gets bumped up to a Php3,000.00 increase.

The department prescribed the following honoraria rates based on the Consumer Price Index and Inflation Rate as of January 2021:

  • Php9,000.00 for Chairpersons;
  • Php8,000.00 for EB members;
  • Php7,000.00 for DepEd Supervisor Official (DESO);
  • and Php5,000.00 for Support Staff.

Besides to the honorarium, Comelec will include the provision of transportation allowance, food and water allowance, and clean-up and repair/maintenance expenses as part of its budget proposal for the 2022 elections.

“With DepEd and the teachers’ vital participation in the 2022 National and Local Elections, we will continue our dialogue with COMELEC to ensure the health and welfare of our teachers and personnel who will be sitting in the polling,” Briones noted.

Before coming up with the decision, COMELEC Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua discussed the said matter as early as February 8 this year.

“While DepEd and COMELEC have both agreed on the proposal, the proposed increase will still need the approval of Congress when they deliberate the annual budget” Undersecretary Pascua said.

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