OVER 300 public school teachers in Cagayan de Oro City have been chosen to serve as election inspectors in the city’s different polling precincts in the upcoming May 13 midterm elections, according to a local Department of Education (Deped) official.
Elena Borcillo, city schools division superintendent, said the teachers here will add to the 240,000 number of public school teachers all over the country as required by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to assist the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) technicians and Comelec representatives.
Borcillo said these teachers have already undergone series of seminars in handling the PCOS machines and election returns. They have been taught to deal with properly the actual scenario at the polling precincts.
Borcillo said the teachers, upon recommendation from her direct superior, have been carefully screened by the Comelec to ensure that they are bias-free and don’t have any relations or affiliations with any of the candidates.
Some of the teachers belonging to the City Central School will take part in the elections as board of election inspectors (BEIs) to represent the 31 polling precincts in the city.
Maria Lodel Daabay, city central school’s principal, said majority of her teachers have been chosen since most of the polling precincts for Cagayan de Oro’s second district have been assigned to the school she manages.
Daabay said that even though one of City Central School’s main buildings was gutted down by a fire last year, her office will ensure an orderly election and ensure enough classrooms will be utilized for the elections.