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Teachers to get Election duty pay in cash

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COMELEC announced that the honoraria and allowances of teachers who will serve as election workers on May 9 would be distributed in cash instead of the usual bank cards.

Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo earlier assured teachers’ groups that the allowances and honoraria will be distributed not later than May 24, or 15 days after Election Day, as provided in Republic Act No. 10756, or the Election Service Reform Act.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) lauded the announcement as it would eliminate costs that are usually deducted when bank cards are used.

The group said in a statement on Wednesday that the board of election inspectors previously experienced difficulties in getting their honoraria and allowances due to the unnecessary use of cash cards and because of the delays and unclear schedules of the release of payment.

Meanwhile, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Wednesday that the schools to be used as polling places were already ready for the election.

“All of these [schools] are ready and they are also prepared for testing and sealing [of the vote-counting machines] from May 2 to 7,” Marcelo Bragado, DepEd director of public affairs services, said in an interview with Unang Balita.

To avoid crowding, he said voter assistance desks would be available for voters to check the location of their precincts.

-Inq

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