May 15, 2018
Reference: Mac Ramirez, National President
COMELEC union hails election employees, public school teachers and volunteers
The employees’ union of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today hailed the thousands of Comelec employees and the army of teachers and volunteers whose efforts contributed immensely to the success of the recently concluded Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
“The COMELEC Employees’ Union (COMELEC-EU) salutes the thousands of Comelec employees, most notably those from the field offices nationwide, whose outstanding effort of laying the groundwork for the recently concluded Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections contributed immensely to its success,” the COMELEC-EU said in a statement.
The COMELEC-EU lauded the backbreaking effort conducted by poll employees on the ground that include, among many others, the conduct of voters’ registration, the daunting task of preparing and training the army of public school teachers who will man the polling precincts, the briefing of the thousands of candidates on election rules, coordinating with the various agencies in government relative to election preparation, and educating the general public to exercise their right to vote and to vote responsibly.
“Of course, the foot soldiers of COMELEC won’t be able to accomplish all these if not for the exceptional leadership and direction given by the COMELEC Senior Staff and the Honorable Commission En Banc led by Acting Chairman Al A. Parreno,” the poll body’s union said.
The COMELEC-EU also commended the “heroism and sacrifice” of the public-school teachers who served as Chairperson and Members of the Electoral Boards in all of the nations polling precincts as well as all the volunteers from the COMELEC’s accredited citizens arms and other cause-oriented groups.
“We also take our hats off to the army of public-school teachers who served at the frontlines during the last elections and the thousands of election volunteers who helped guard the sanctity of the balloting. Ang inyong ipinakitang kabayanihan at sakripisyo ay nararapat lamang na kilalanin sapagkat nagsisilbi itong tunay inspirasyon para sa mga mamamayan lalong lalo na sa ating mga kabataan,” it said.
Upgrade Comelec employees’ salary, pay teachers promptly
The COMELEC-EU, meanwhile, reiterated their long-standing appeal for the immediate and substantial wage increase. The COMELEC-EU, who has more than four thousand members nationwide, has been calling for the upgrading of the salary of the rank and file employees in COMELEC, saying that their pay is grossly insufficient considering their huge responsibility of administering the elections in the country.
According to the COMELEC-EU, an Election Officer 1, who administers the election in a town or municipality, is paid with a measly salary of P22,149 (Salary Grade 12). While Election Assistants, which comprise the majority of Comelec employees nationwide, receives a monthly salary of P17,473 (Salary Grade 9).
The COMELEC-EU also called on the COMELEC leadership to pay the honoraria of public school teachers who served in the last elections without delay. They also supported the teachers’ call against the imposition of a 5% withholding tax on their honoraria. ###