7.6% of teachers who served as BEIs received honoraria—Comelec

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2019   •   707

Courtesy : PVI-PRESS by rodel acuvera luminares

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already given out honoraria to 7.6% of teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).

During a press briefing on Monday (May 20), Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reported that the distribution of honoraria is going smoothly.

“We have already started the payments of our electoral boards. We have 15 days to complete the payment and I think things are going to go smoothly especially after the Brigada Eskwela which is a factor to be considered here,” he said.

There were 500,000 teachers who served as BEIs in the election.

Based on the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA), the chair of the electoral boards will receive P6,000 while members of the electoral boards P5,000. The Department of Education Supervisor Official (DESO) will receive P4,000 and the support staff will receive P2,000.

They are all also entitled to P1,000 travel allowance.

Comelec seeks P9.8-B budget for 2020

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday (Sept. 16) asked, during the Senate budget hearing, for a P9.8-Billion budget for 2020.

The poll body said this will cover the P5.77-Billion budget for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE), which they have been preparing for despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous statement that he wants it postponed.

Comelec said Congress has to enact a law for the postponement of the BSKE.

“Ang pakiusap namin, your honor, is sana mapabilis iyong pagpasa ng batas otherwise we have no choice but to incur some expenses preparatory expenses especially so na tali po kami ng procurement law,” said Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas.

Comelec added that should the BSKE be postponed, they request for it not to be held close to the 2022 elections.

“If postponement happens it would be preferable if it would be one year before or one year after the May 2022 (elections). So, it could be either May 2021 or May 2023,” said Commissioner Antonio Kho, Jr.

The Senate budget hearing also focused on the low voter turn-out of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the last election.

Of the five million OFWs who are qualified to vote, only 1.8 million were registered and only 18% of which actually voted.

Comelec pointed out the inadequate information dissemination for voters and the distance of the voting centers in some countries as reasons for the low voter turn-out. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

SC overturns decision to disqualify Camarines Norte gubernatorial bet

Marje Pelayo   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Voting 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (September 10) granted the petition of Camarines Norte gubernatorial candidate Edgardo Tallado who questioned his disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the last May 19 elections.

Tallado was allowed to run after the SC issued a Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) following Comelec’s decision to disqualify him from the race.

The SC decision, penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, stated that the Court En Banc overturned the Comelec’s decision to disqualify Tallado to run in the gubernatorial race.

The SC Public Information Office will issue a copy of the decision through its website once they receive the official copy from the Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc.

Concurring with Bersamin were Justices Diosdado Peralta, Alexander Gesmundo, Andres Reyes Jr., Jose Reyes Jr., Amy Lazaro-Javier, Henry Jean Paul Inting and Rodil Zalameda.

Dissenting were Justice Francis Jardeleza, Antonio Carpio, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, and Rosmari Carandang.

Comelec had disqualified Tallado to run due to what the poll body says as questionable years of service as governor of Camarines Norte, pointing out that should they grant Tallado’s certificate of candidacy, it would have already been his 4th term as governor.

The law provides that gubernatorial post is only limited to three consecutive terms.

However, Tallado took his case to the Supreme Court questioning the decision of the Comelec, insisting that he is still eligible to run for the May 2019 polls as he was suspended from office in 2015 and was reinstated only in 2018.

Tallado won as the governor of Camarines Norte after garnering 149,002 votes against his rival Cathy Barcelona-Reyes who had 104,635 votes.

Comelec has yet to comment on the matter as it yet to receive a copy of the SC decision. — Marje Pelayo

Deped to hire 10K new teachers under 2020 budget

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2019

The Department of Education (Deped) plans to hire 10,000 new teachers and 5,000 non-teaching staff under the 2020 national budget.

Deped will be allocating P1.28 billion for the creation of 5,000 new non-teaching positions and P1.27 billion for the hiring of 10,000 teachers next year.

According to Deped Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, the said action aims to further improve teacher-to-student ratio, enhance learning, and ease the workload of its personnel.

“More than being part of our 10-point agenda, we want to stay true to our word that the Department is relentless in finding ways to enhance personnel welfare, while at the same time improving delivery of quality education,” she said.

DepEd has committed to improve the working conditions for teachers in September last year by reviewing its policies on teachers’ workload.—AAC

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