P1M more needed for poll tellers’ transpo allowance-A A +A
Thursday, October 24, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao City first district still lacks around P1-million worth of contributions intended for the transportation allowance of Board of Election Tellers (BETs), a Comelec-Davao City official said.
Comelec-Davao City first district election officer Aimee Ampoloquio, in an interview Wednesday, said the first district would be needing P1,792,500 as transportation allowance for the 3,585 BETs who will be manning 1,195 polling precincts in the first district.
"Mga less than P800,000 pa atong nakolekta. So kulang pa ta ug around P1 million, (We have already collected less than P800,000. So we are still short of around P1 million,)" Ampoloquio said.
The election officer pointed out that the shortage is due to the non-compliance of some barangays in the first district for not paying the minimum contribution of P10,000 to Comelec office. Out of the 54 barangays, only 34 have given their contributions to Comelec.
"Only 34 barangays have complied but out of those 34, many have only given partial. There were some big barangays who only gave the minimum of P10,000 yet they have many precincts and many BETs. So if we count that, the contributions are still insufficient," Ampoloquio said.
The deadline for the submission of the barangay shares, however, was set on October 18 yet the election officer said that she is giving those who have given their partial contributions until this week to comply.
Those barangays who failed to comply may be facing administrative cases for violation of Section 50 (Funding) of the Omnibus Election Code.
The contribution from the local government is in accordance with the Comelec Resolution 9739, which mandates barangays to contribute part of their Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) funds for the allowance of BETs as identified by the Department of Education.
The resolution also states that a barangay is ordered to throw in at least P10,000 but not more than 10 percent of their SK Funds.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 25, 2013.