Comelec agrees to hike pay for teachers in 2022 polls — DepEd

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Comelec agrees to hike pay for teachers in 2022 polls â DepEd
In this May 2019 photo, teachers of the Pinyahan Elementary School in Quezon City conduct testing and sealing upon the arrival of Vote Counting Machine at their school.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education on Thursday said the Commission on Elections has approved a proposed increase in teachers' pay when they serve in next year's national and local polls. 

Educators have long served as workers during elections in the country, often facing poll-related violence. In 2022, it is possible they will brave another threat that is the COVID-19 pandemic. 

DepEd said Comelec chairperson Sheriff Abas supported the agency's proposal in February for a P3,000-increase in the honoraria of teachers. 

It would hike the pay of the following to P9,000 for electoral board heads, P8,000 for members, P7,000 for supervisor officials, and P5,000 for support staff. 

“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," said DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones. "Given the current health situation, it is rightful for them to receive additional allowance."

The poll body's support means it would include the increase in its proposed budget for 2022. This, however, would still have to be approved by Congress, who passes the government's annual spending plan. 

Comelec also agreed to other proposals, such as on a provision for teachers' transportation, food and allowance, and repair or maintenance expenses of schools that would be used as voting precincts. 

Further, DepEd said the commission will include teachers' health insurance coverage too in its proposed funding next year. Other benefits, however, such as on-site swab tests and double shifts, to name a few, remain pending before the two agencies. 

Abas in May floated the possibility of extending voting to as far as 12 hours as part of adjustments due to the health crisis. DepEd then said it would consider two shifts for teachers, as it admitted that rendering the said hours in a single shift would be tiring. 

The education department added that it suggested the creation of monitoring and coordination teams with Comelec to "ensure that teachers will be technically and legally equipped" in the next elections.

Comelec set the filing of candidacies to October this year. Election Day is set on May 9, 2022, where Filipinos will make the crucial decision of who will lead the country to a hopeful recovery from the pandemic. 

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LATEST UPDATE: September 8, 2021 - 11:38am

Get the latest updates on the Philippines' preparation for the May 2022 national elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Main image by The STAR/Michael Varcas

September 8, 2021 - 11:38am

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson officially launch their election tandem for the 2022 polls.

Lacson will be seeking the presidency while Sotto is running for vice president.

The Cusi wing of the administration PDP-Laban party is holding a national convention in Pampanga on the same day.

August 26, 2021 - 12:35pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to run for vice president, his spokesperson Harry Roque says in a press briefing.

Roque says the president told him Wednesday afternoon that "things are clear now, I will run [for] vice president."

The new decision comes after Roque said Duterte told members of the Cabinet that he would not push through with running if his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte decides to run for president. That declaration was supposedly edited out of the recording of the president's weekly briefings, which are aired late at night.

Mayor Duterte, in a statement on Wednesday, said she should be left out of talks of her father's vice-presidential run, supposedly with Sen. Christopher Go.

August 24, 2021 - 4:10pm

"E di wow," Sen. Risa Hontiveros says of administration PDP-Laban's announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to be its vice-presidential canddiate in 2022.

Hontiveros acknoweldges parties pick their candidates through their own processes, "but it seems some gatekeepers in PDP-Laban have turned Ka Nene [Pimentel]’s original party into a 'zombie' institution which is only performing rituals empty of substance and principle."

Referencing Duterte's last-minute decision to run for president in 2016, Hontiveros says "it is still early in the day."

"Perhaps, by midnight the president would have changed his mind at least four to five times."

August 22, 2021 - 10:36am

Sen. Risa Hontiveros says she is honored to be included in the minority Liberal Party's potential list of senatorial candidates in 2022.

"We, in my party, Akbayan, are also in the process of  developing and uniting alternative choices of leaders for the 2022 Elections. Our lines of communication have always been open to other parties — including LP, our old coalition partner — to strengthen our alliances," she also says.

"Akbayan is charting its own course and remains committed to building a united front that recognizes, in the fullest sense, the responsibility of fighting for and maintaining democratic principles."

August 18, 2021 - 4:16pm

The First Time Voters' Network appeals to the Commission on Elections to reconsider its decision not to extend the voter registration period citing possible extensions to quarantine restrictions that have suspended registration in some areas.

It says it is considering legal options to compel Comelec to extend the registration period.

"We are also thankful for COMELEC in their decision to extend the registration hours which will be of help to those with limited availability during weekdays," the group says.

"We also welcome the provided guidelines for online reactivation for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). These remedies, however helpful, are sorely limited for areas where registration has been suspended for months because of the community quarantine. Voter registration is an essential service of the government to the people and no first time voter should be denied the chance to participate in the elections."

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