MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) Tuesday
welcomed the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) swift decision to give
additional pay to teachers who extended their poll duty.
“Comelec has stated that there will be an additional P1,000 for those
serving elections Wednesday. We’re still waiting for confirmation for
the initial request of P1,000 for everyone, which we had sent to
Comelec,” Undersecretary Education Muyot said in a briefing Tuesday
Asked if the additional pay for the service extension would suffice,
Muyot said: “Of course. Our wish is that it would be a bigger amount.”
“But we’re happy that even before we made request, they already
announced that they will give additional pay [for teachers who
extended]. Although now, we want to follow up our request for P1,000
additional for everyone,” he said.
Muyot’s statement reflected the take of the Teachers’ Dignity
Coalition (TDC), which had long pressing for the election pay raise.
“We welcome the additional compensation where elections were
postponed. But we still ask for an increase of our honorarium,” said TDC
spokesperson Emma Policarpio.
“It’s hard to understand why instead of increasing the pay from the
previous 2007 barangay and SK elections, it went down,” Policarpio said.
The Department of Budget and Management had initially approved a
P2,000 pay for some 490,000 teachers tapped to serve as election tellers
in the village polls.
Teachers, with support from the DepEd, have been requesting an
additional P1,000 to level the pay with the honorarium given in the 2007
“This has been the standard rate from the previous elections. The
assumption before was that they will only serve for one day, but our
teachers had been lining up since Sunday to get election paraphernalia,”
Source: INQUIRER.net, Tarra Quismundu, 10-27-2010