TABUK CITY, Kalinga –- The Commission on Election (Comelec) released the honorarium to public school teachers in the province who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) in the May 13 automated midterm elections.
According to provincial election supervisor Dexter Bary Cawis, the Comelec has released the honoraria of BEIs in the province as early as May 16 or three days after the election.
Every BEI is entitled to a P4,000 honorarium.
As this developed, Cawis said some problem on Comelec’s direct release of the honorarium to the automated teller machine cards of BEIs instead of releasing this to the account of the election officer (EO).
The problem, Cawis explained, is that there were some replacements of BEIs in the various municipalities days prior to Election Day.
Apparently, the report of Comelec-Kalinga to Comelec Head Office regarding the matter has been overtaken by other pressing concerns during the period that had left the list of BEIs in Kalinga uncorrected, Cawis said.
As a result, he said, there were payments of honorarium released by Comelec-Manila to teachers based on the list, but who did not serve as BEI in the May 13 elections.
Based on the transcript of remittance shown by Comelec-Kalinga, Comelec-Manila has released election honorarium to 536 of the 777 teachers as BEIs in the province in the May 13 polls. However, not all of the 536 have served, Cawis explained.
Cawis said he has instructed all municipal EOs to update their lists of BEIs and retrieve any payment given to teachers listed as BEIs but did not serve.
The remaining 241 BEIs who were not able to apply for ATM cards will get their honoraria through the accounts of their respective EOs.
Except for BEIs, there are no problems in the payment of honoraria to Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine technicians and supervisors and other poll support staff in the province, Cawis revealed. (Larry Lopez)