PUBLIC school teachers in the city, who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the recently concluded May 13 polls, are complaining of the delay in the release of their honoraria.
The teachers said they are disappointed over the disdainful treatment of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at them citing that the P4,000 stipend isn’t enough to compensate the extra work and sleepless nights they spent in the May 13 polls.
The teachers were tapped to render services on elections where they risk their lives especially in areas where elections have been marred with violence.
Gemma Ayuman, a BEI assigned at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, said she allotted her Comelec stipend for her expenses in the upcoming school opening. She intends to add the stipend for her children’s tuition and other school fees.
“We were told that we could get it on Tuesday but we haven’t received it until now. Teachers in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, have already received their honoraria but we in the city haven’t,” she added.
Another teacher, who requested anonymity and in need of the stipend, said she already complied with the requirements for the cash card, but until now there was no assurance that she could get her honorarium soon.
“It’s too much, there is still barangay elections. We heard that we can get the honoraria in January, that’s a pretty long wait,” Ayuman said.
Lawyer Palmer Palamine, city election officer, said the delay is beyond his control since the approval and release of the budget is in the discretion of Comelec central office in Manila and there is nothing he can do about it, but to follow it up.
Palamine is now in Manila to follow up the release of the stipend for the teachers in the city. He asked the teachers to understand the situation since he it is beyond his control but assured that it will surely be released.
“It’s not true that they will get the stipend in January, that’s too much. The only thing that I can do is to follow it up,” he told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Apart from the city, it was also reported that BEIs assigned in Opol have yet to receive their honoraria.