Teachers who worked overtime on May 9 may receive their honorarium this Friday — Comelec

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the honorarium for teachers who worked overtime during the May 9 polls due to failed vote counting machines (VCMs) and SD cards may be received by the teachers this Friday.

According to Comelec Ayon kay Commissioner George Garcia, there will be no more problems since the resolution calling for a P2 thousand honorarium for teachers who worked beyond their official election duty hours was already approved.

As of now, the Comelec is still trying to determine the exact number and names of members of the electoral boards who performed extended duty due to the malfunctioning VCMs and SD cards.

Aside from this, the Comelec apologized to Education Secretary Leonor Briones since their request for a P3,000 honorarium was not approved.

Garcia said the Comelec did not receive additional funds that is why only the P2,000 honorarium was approved in exchange of overtime pay.

He explained that they cannot provide overtime pay to the teachers because they are not Comelec employees and doing so would violate auditing rules and that of the Department of Budget and Management.

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