DepEd to help Comelec seek more benefits for teachers during polls

December 10, 2021 Arlene Rivera 225 views

As the national and local elections draw near, the Department of Education (DepEd) expressed its appreciation to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for granting adjustments in the honoraria and allowances of public school teachers and poll workers who will serve in May 2022.

In a statement, DepEd also said they will remain steadfast in helping Comelec secure a higher budget from Congress to provide additional benefits for DepEd personnel.

DepEd added this is to establish extra layers of protection for their personnel and schools amid the pandemic. Thus, the agency said they will support Comelec in justifying the benefits sought.

These benefits are the grant of Special Risk Allowance equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of the monthly basic salary/pay; food and water allowance amounting to P1,000 per day; health insurance coverage for those who will be infected by the COVID-19 and the provision of vitamins and other immune-boosting supplements; swab testing and other health services in case of subsistence of COVID-19 during the period of the 2022 National Elections; funds for the clean-up and repair/maintenance expenses of every public school used as voting center; and honoraria for the members of the DepEd Monitoring and Coordination Teams of the 2022 DepEd Election Task Force.

“We will continue to coordinate with Comelec these significant requests for our teachers and poll workers, who are dedicated to champion clean, safe, and fair elections next year,” DepEd said.