Sun.Star Pampanga




The Department of Education, Commission on Elections recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) geared towards the protection and welfare of teachers who will serve as members of the electoral board in the Barangay and Sanggunian­g Kabataan Elections (BSKE) 2023. The MOA states that teachers who will perform duties in the upcoming BSKE will get increased honoraria on time, and avail of free legal assistance. Based on the agreement, teachers who will serve as electoral chairperso­n and board member will receive Php 10,000 and Php 9,000 respective­ly, from the previous Php 6,000 and Php 5,000. Apart from the honoraria, the COMELEC has allocated Php 500,000 worth of death benefits, and Php 200,000 cash assistance in cases of accidents, injuries for each teacher. For precincts with early voting hours, there will be an additional Php 2,000 compensati­on throughout the board. Teachers who will face election offenses and administra­tive charges can avail of their free legal assistance, including counsel with no appearance fees. According to the Comelec, legal assistance is the best defense against these kinds of attacks as teachers are so vulnerable. In a statement, the PAO said that the measure is an exceptiona­l instrument towards a peaceful election. Meanwhile, Vice President and Secretary Duterte sighted the threatenin­g incidents teachers face during elections, underscori­ng the importance of teachers and vowed to protect and support them in the upcoming BSKE.

-oOoThe author is a Secondary School Teacher III at Rafael L. Lazatin Memorial High School

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