Teachers seek payment for poll duties

Posted at 10/31/2010 8:57 PM | Updated as of 11/01/2010 1:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Almost a week has passed since the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections but many teachers have not reportedly received payments for their poll duties.

The teachers will refuse future election duties if the government fails to do its part, Teachers Dignity  Coalition chairman Benjo Basas warned on Sunday.

He revealed that out of 91 areas around the country, teachers from only 27 localities have received their P 2,000 allowance.

“Nag-enter into an agreement ang DepEd [Department of Education] at Comelec [Commission on Elections]. Pinagkasunduan nila na yung payment para sa mga guro ay maibibigay mas maaga,” he said. “Iyung kalahati nito ay dapat ibigay sa pagkuha ng paraphernalia, iyun namang kalahati ay ibibigay sa pagbabalik ng mga ballot boxes sa mga Comelec distribution centers."

He revealed that Quezon City and Makati City have been able to see this agreement through. 

Basas said that he and his fellow teachers are dismayed by the delay. He emphasized that the Comelec should have done its part. 

"Naghihintay din tayo ng paliwanag ng Comelec diyan. Dapat ang Comelec ang may obligasyon ang magpaliwanag hinggil sa nangyaring ito,” he stressed. 

Basas did not mince words in calling on his fellow teachers to refuse serving in the next elections unless the issue is immediately resolved.

“Kami ay nanawagan na sa aming kasamahan sa susunod na eleksyon between ngayon… hanggang sa October 2013 with or without the enactment of optional election duty. Nanawagan na kami na tanggihan na ang lahat ng election duty in the future kasi talong talo kami dito. Hindi lang ito sa usapin ng bayad, sa usapin ng panganib sa risk na aming hinaharap na tuwing meron may eleksyon,” he said.

“Sobra ang pagkadismaya ng mga guro, kasi nakita natin ang karanasan ng ating mga guro dun sa nakalipas na earangay elections. Minura, hinarass, may nasaktan pa may mga recorded kami na nasaktan may mga namatay, may naholdap, at napakaliit ng bayad na ito. Bandang huli napakaliit na nga at delayed na delayed pa,” Basas said.

"Lahat ng pagkukulang ng Comelec dito sa nakalipas na eleksyon, kami ang sumalo na walang book of voters, wala lahat ano, delayed delivery ng materials, wala lahat. Kami ang inaaway ng mga botante,” he added. “Pero bandang huli pagka nagkaroon ng problema, kami pa rin ang mamomroblema, kami pa rin ang madedemanda.”