DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to provide additional honoraria to teachers and non teaching personnel who needed to render overtime work during the May 9 polls due to problems related to Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).
According to Atty. John Rex Laudiangco, Comelec spokesperson, Briones asked for a P3,000 additional honoraria for the Chairman and members of the Electoral Boards, DepEd Supervisor Officials (DESOs) and support staff who rendered overtime work on election day.
However, it is yet to be determined how many electoral board officials and staff will be given extra pay. In consideration are those who served in polling precincts with 915 defective VCMs and whose replacements took a long time to arrive.
There is no exact amount as to how much will be given as honoraria since it depends on the available budget of the poll body.
But it is assured that the amount will not be lower than P2,000 since this was also the same amount given to teachers, DESO and support staff who rendered overtime work during the 2019 elections.
It will also be an additional amount on top of the honoraria that they will receive.
Teachers who served as chairpersons of the electoral board will receive an honoraria of P7,000, P6,000 for members of the electoral board, P5,000 for the DESO and P3,000 for support staff.