DepEd Asks Comelec for Further Increase in Teachers’ Pay During Next Year’s Election
The Department of Education (DepEd) is seeking a further increase on pay for teachers who will serve in 2022 elections.
On Saturday (November 27, 2021), the Education Department asked the Commission on Elections for P2, 000 increase in the honoraria for teachers. The appeal came after Comelec approved the pay hike for longer voting hours on election next year.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the agency would coordinate with Comelec regarding the proposed increase for the educators who will serve for the Election Day in 2022. Briones said teachers were just asking for a slight increase.
“Although it is less than our proposed increase for our teachers who will serve as poll workers, we appreciate the adjusted rates, and we will coordinate with Comelec for possible increase of the honoraria and other allowances and benefits,” Briones added.
Comelec also released a November resolution approving the honoraria for teachers. Here is the list of approved amount:
- P7,000 for Chairperson of electoral board
- P6,000 for Members of EB
- P5,000 for DepEd Supervisor Official (DESO
- P3,000 for Support staff
- P3,000 for Medical personnel
The amounts were quite larger compared to 2019 rates but DepEd filed another request asking for further hike. Here are the proposed rates:
- P9,000 for Chairperson of EB
- P8,000 for Members of EB
- P7,000 for DESO
- P5,000 for Support staff
The department also appealed for additional benefits such as insurance coverage for teachers who may got infected by COVID-19 during next year’s election, on-site swab testing, shifting, tax exemption, and leave of employees due to election-related incidents.
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