As the May 13, 2013 mid-term elections draw nearer, the Department of Education assures teachers’ readiness to serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), Board of Canvassers (BOCs), and PCOS technicians.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC expresses its full confidence that the teachers are ready to do the job. “The Commission on Election has given training to the public school teachers who will again serve as PCOS technicians, and chairmen and members of BEIs and BOCs,” said Luistro.
DepEd, one of the government agencies actively involved in the country’s elections, prepared its administrative and legal officers, and other DepEd personnel in their duties and responsibilities in the DepEd central, regional, and division election task forces through series of trainings given by COMELEC.
In relation to the coming elections, DepEd has entered into memorandum of agreements with COMELEC, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Public Attorney’s Office and Integrated Bar of the Philippines to address issues particularly on teachers’ compensation, security and legal assistance.
“Once again DepEd, COMELEC and other agencies are called to an election duty to solidify the foundation of our democratic society – the mid-term election. This is an important political exercise because our law gives so much power to our people to choose our nation’s leaders. It is therefore important that we also give this election a very special attention,” added Luistro.
Those who will man the polling precincts will receive P4,000 – P3,000 as honoraria; P500 for the Testing and Sealing of Machines, and; P500 for transportation allowance. Luistro noted that “the Department has consistently reminded its teachers and personnel who will serve in the election to be non-partisan and neutral. We believe that they will do their duty with utmost honesty and integrity. We are hoping for a clean, credible, and orderly 2013 election.”
Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Alberto Muyot leads the department on matters related to the coming elections.