ACT urges Comelec to hear concerns of BEIs

April 6, 2022 Arlene Rivera 68 views

A TEACHERS’ group trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila to press for a dialogue in order to address their issues and concerns as Board of Election Inspectors (BEls).

Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Secretary-General Raymond Basilio said over 300,000 teachers will be sent to polling precincts to ensure the proper conduct of the May 2022 polls.

“Many of their concerns remain unaddressed, which is akin to sending our teachers to the battlefield without armaments. Our BEls deserve better, and we’re here to demand it from Comelec,” he said in a statement.

The group noted that teachers serving as electoral board members will be at the frontlines of the elections.

“The clamor for BEIs to get their full honoraria and allowances remains loud and strong, ACT has been pushing for the scrapping of the tax-imposition-recently hiked from 5% to 20% on election service pay and for the same to be released via cash or through teacher-poll workers existing payroll as government employees,” the group said.

ACT has sought the poll body’s plan on overtime pay for teachers who will render extended election service hours.

The other demands of teachers include medical measures to prevent infection as well as treat those that may be infected with COVID-19 and legal support at the precinct level.