- Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated her petition to the Commission on Elections
- Briones is seeking better compensation and protection for teachers who will serve in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14
- She is asking the Comelec for the exemption from the imposition of withholding tax on their honoraria
Seeking better compensation and protection for teachers who will serve during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14, Education Secretary Leonor Briones has reiterated her petition to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Briones asked anew the Comelec for the exemption from the imposition of withholding tax on their honoraria.
“Prior to the effectivity of ESRA, no poll honoraria were ever subjected to income tax. Now that ESRA has improved the compensation package of our volunteer-teachers, it is only fitting that they truly benefit from their hard-earned compensation,” she pointed out.
ESRA, or the Election Service Reform Act (R.A. 10756), currently provides for higher honoraria, additional travel allowance, service credits, legal indemnification package, medical assistance, and other benefits for teachers and personnel who will volunteer poll services.
In April, the Education chief appealed to the Comelec that teachers who opt to render their time, energy, and safety to ensure the integrity of the ballot must not be encumbered by such toll on their meager allowance.
She also requested Comelec to permit the designation of authorized disbursing officer who will be allowed to draw cash advance for medical expenses of teachers who will serve in the Electoral Boards. If granted, this will replace the common practice of medical reimbursements and help teachers who may need immediate hospital treatment and/or admission.
“DepEd teachers and personnel have long been at the forefront of every electoral exercise in the country; with their immense experience in carrying out this enormous task in clustered precincts of huge populations, we deem that evaluation and discussion on the possible increase in honoraria and allowance are just and necessary,” she stressed.