DepEd still hopeful for further increase in 2022 poll honoraria

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is still hoping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will further increase the honoraria of their personnel who will serve as poll workers next year.

The DepEd earlier asked the Comelec to raise the 2022 poll honoraria of teachers and non-teaching personnel by ₱3,000. Only a ₱1,000 increase in the rates during the 2019 polls was approved.

"Although it is less than our proposed increase for our teachers who will serve as poll workers, we appreciate the adjusted rates, and we will coordinate with COMELEC for possible increase of the honoraria and other allowances and benefits," Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said Friday in a statement.

In June, DepEd proposed the following honoraria rates based on the Consumer Price Index and Inflation Rate as of January 2021:

-₱9,000 for Electoral Board (EB) chairperson

-₱8,000 for EB members

-₱7,000 for DepEd supervisor official (DESO)

-₱5,000 for support staff

DepEd also requested health insurance coverage for those who will catch the coronavirus.

On Nov. 10, Comelec released Resolution No. 10727, which provides the honoraria rates, allowances and other benefits of poll workers: 

-₱7,000 honorarium for EB chairperson

-₱6,000 honorarium for EB members

-₱5,000 honorarium for DepEd supervisor official (DESO);

-₱3,000 honorarium for support staff

Aside from honoraria, the EB chairperson and members, DESO, and their respective staff should each get a ₱2,000 travel allowance.

Every DESO and DESO technical support staff will receive a P1,500 communication allowance. EB members, DESO and their team shall each get P500 anti-COVID-19 allowance.

A P500,000 death benefit will be given if a poll worker died due to election-related risk, and P200,000 if they suffered election-related injury or illness.

The DepEd and Comelec are also considering giving other benefits such as on-site swab testing, and allowing absences and transfer of DepEd employees due to election-related incidents.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua reminded DepEd personnel to submit their applications for the Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) — which allows users of public networks like the Internet to exchange private data securely. PKI will used in 2022 elections.