Comelec says only 14% of teachers not yet paid for poll duties

  • Comelec said only 14% of the BEIs have yet to receive their poll duty compensation
  • Comelec chairman Andres Bautista cited several possible reasons why some BEIs remain unpaid
  • Bautista is confident that by next week all BEIs and support staff will receive their honoraria

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista made a clarification on Friday, May 27, as to the number of public school teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) who were not yet paid for poll duties.

Bautista said 410,000 of the 476,000 election workers have already been paid. That means only 14%  or 66,640 BEIs remain unpaid.

“That corresponds to about 86 percent who have been paid, so far. So, 14% still remain to be unpaid,” Bautista said.

“As of this morning, we already paid close to 1.5 billion pesos. So the only remaining amount is P245 million, which constitutes 14 percent [that still needs to be paid],” he added.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers earlier lamented that over 100,000 BEIs have yet to receive their compensation.

According to the teachers, the poll body gave them Automated Teller Machine debit cards, but these were “unfunded.”

A Sun Star article dated May 27, 2016 said Bautista cited the following possible reasons why some BEIs have yet to receive their payments:

  • Cards have not been distributed by the field officials to poll workers
  • It has been distributed to the poll workers but the latter have not transacted with the banks yet
  • There was an unsuccessful transaction with the Land Bank of the Philippines ATM or e-banking system

Bautista expressed confidence that the poll body could complete the payment to all BEIs and support staff by next week.