PETITION FOR THE CREATION OF
HIGHER RANKING ELECTION ASSISTANT POSITIONS
WHEREAS, the Honorable Commission on En Banc, through Minute Resolution No. 14-0869 dated 16 December 2014, approved the reclassification of 1,014 Provincial Election Supervisor (PES), Election Officer (EO) and Election Assistant (EA) positions nationwide, based on the number of registered voters per Province, City/Municipality/District, pursuant to a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Guideline effective January 1, 1992;
WHEREAS, only those with EA I positions qualified for reclassification among all EA positions because the highest EA rank an employee may be upgraded to is EA II;
WHEREAS, this patent incongruity left those with EA II positions with no more room to advance, thereby causing demoralization among their ranks considering that they comprise the majority of all EA positions nationwide and that they too are deserving of the promotion and upgrading that is long-overdue;
WHEREAS, in a consultation with the COMELEC-EU National President on October 20, 2016 in Calbayog, Samar; EAs of Region VIII asked the assistance of the COMELEC-EU in addressing this particular concern;
WHEREAS, the COMELEC-EU National President promptly endorsed the said concern to Atty. Margaret C. Ching, Director IV, Personnel Department; and on November 4, 2016, Director Ching replied, thus:
“DBM guidelines which took effect on January 1, 1992 uses the number of registered voters as criteria to determine PES, EO and EA positions which can be upgraded/reclassified. Presently, the highest EA rank and employee may be upgraded to is EA II for cities/municipalities with more than 5,000 registered voters.”
WHEREAS, the Personnel Department stated that the “possibility of creating higher ranking EA positions and the consequent rationalization of the criteria for its upgrading thereof,” still needs to be brought up to the DBM, thus there is a need to drumbeat this pressing issue on a national level and to mobilize a strong lobby for its immediate approval;
NOW THEREFORE, We Election Assistants and employees in the Central and Field Offices, respectfully appeal to the Honorable Commission En Banc for (1) the immediate creation of higher ranking EA positions so that those with EA II positions in all Districts/Municipalities/Cities including those stationed in all OPES and REDO nationwide may be given the opportunity to be upgraded/reclassified and (2) the allocation of additional EA positions based on the number of registered voters to augment local COMELEC offices.
We hereby affix our signatures in support of this humble appeal. (Please write legibly).
(Kindly send the signed petition to the COMELEC-EU, 3rd flr Shipping Center Bldg. A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila)
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