The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said each teacher performing poll duties as BEI member will be paid P3,000 for every day of service compared to P1,000 per day in past elections. Aside from the P3,000 honoraria for every day of service, each BEI member will also be given P300 transportation allowance, a separate P500 for the inspection, verification and sealing of the book of voters, and another P500 for the inspection, verification and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, for a total of P4,300. This year’s prompt payment of teachers’ per diems is provided in the Memorandum of Agreement which Comelec Chairman Jose Melo and Secretary Lesli Lapus of the Department of Education signed recently. The MOA likewise provides that each of the school heads, principals and supervisors who are not members of the BEI but who will supervise certain precincts will also receive P3,000, while janitors and messengers assigned during the election will get P1,500. Members of the board of canvassers in the municipal, city and provincial levels will get P5,000. As part of the teachers’ compensation, Comelec agreed under the MOA to set aside P30 million for election-related death or injuries that may be sustained by DepEd employees. The heirs of the deceased DepEd official or employee of DepEd will receive P200,000 in death benefits, the MOA stated.


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