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Teachers to get better honoraria for 2010 poll duty—Comelec

Posted on: December 9, 2009

Teachers to get better honoraria for 2010 poll duty—Comelec
December 09, 2009 19:24:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Teachers who render service as a member of the board of election inspectors (BEIs) in the May 2010 elections will get a “bigger and better honoraria package,” according to a Commission on Elections official.

Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Wednesday the compensation package they are considering consists of a honorarium, five-day leave credit, legal support, and medical assistance.

But Larrazabal, who heads the poll body’s steering committee for the 2010 poll automation, did not say how much the honorarium will be as the amount is still being negotiated with the Department of Education (DepEd).

He added that it could top the P3,000 honorarium previously given to BEI teachers.

Larrazabal added poll duties of teachers in the 2010 elections are “easier” compared to manual polls in the past due to the automation of several election stages, specifically the counting of votes, generation of Election Returns (ERs), electronic transmission of ERs to canvassing centers and Comelec main office and consolidation of voting results.

Under the poll automation plan, the BEI chairman and other officers will be trained to operate the counting machine, which already counts, consolidates and transmits votes.

The BEI chairman is also tasked to certify the election returns printed by the machine through digital keys or signatures which will be randomly assigned by Comelec, said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez in another interview.

Jimenez said nationwide training for teachers on how to operate the poll machines will run from February to March next year, although voters’ education on how the operation of the machines started on October.

The Comelec plans to tap 240,000 teachers to man 74,000 clustered precincts nationwide, said Larrazabal.

Comelec will receive 42,200 poll machines this month and another 40,000 units from Smartmatic-Total Information Management on January.

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