By MIKHA FLORES
TEACHERS and other government workers on election duty on May 13 are going to receive a little less than what they got in the 2010 elections. Instead of P4,300, they’re going to receive P4,000. Here’s why.
The Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) who served in the May 10, 2010 presidential elections received P4,300 pesos: P3,000 for their honorarium, P500 for the inspection, verification and sealing of the book of voters, P500 for the final testing and sealing (FTS) and P300 for transportation allowance.
On May 13, BEIs will only receive P4,000. The honorarium and FTS fees remain the same but the transportation allowance increased to P500 from P300. But there will be no inspection, verification and sealing of the books of voters, hence they will not be getting any fees for that particular task.
The Commission on Elections, in Resolution 9630 issued early this year, has dispensed with the inspection, verification and sealing of the book of voters for the 2013 elections due to the precautionary protection order (PPO) issued by the Presidential Election Tribunal (PET) on August 31, 2010 in connection with the election protest filed by Manuel Roxas II against Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential contest.
The PPO covers ballot boxes, list of voters with voting records, book of voters, data storage devices and other paraphernalia used in the May 2010 elections.
The book of voters refers to the compilation of all registration records in a precinct. The Election Registration Board (ERB) inspects and verifies whether or not the voters’ registration records are complete before the start of the campaign period.
The ERB takes custody of the voters’ book until Election Day, when it is given to the BEI Chair. Because of the PPO, there will be no inspection, verification and sealing of the book of voters.
The Alliance for Concerned Teachers (ACT) through its chairperson Benjamin Valbuena, meanwhile, has been asking for a sharp increase in the teachers’ honorarium to P6,000, citing the recent clustering of precincts, which means more work for teachers.
“Talagang napakabigat ng tungkulin ng teachers na kakaharapin sa darating na elekyson na kung saan tingin namin agrabyadong agrabyado sa ibibigay…na P4,000 lang (Teachers carry huge responsibilities in the coming elections and the P4,000 compensation is not enough),” he said.