The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reduced the allowance which public school teachers will receive for their duties during the May 2013 elections.
In a report by InterAksyon, the Comelec chairperson Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said it has approved the P500 reduction in the teachers' honoraria, since they will no longer be checking the book of voters.
"Tinanggalan na namin ang isang araw sa checking of book of voters, eh hindi na namin gagamitin ang book of voters, kaya tinanggal na namin ang araw na iyon," he said.
He however added that the cut will not remarkably affect teachers take-home pay since transportation and meal allowances were increased.
The report said the honoraria to be paid to teachers for 2013 polls will be P4,300, which is the the same amount they received for their poll duties in 2010.
Alliance of Concerned Teachers chairman Benjie Valbuena meanwhile said the Comelec had cut teachers' honoraria for this year's elections to P4,000 from 2010's P4,300. He said they want it to be increased to P6,000 and transportation allowance be doubled to "safeguard the security of the teachers."
Valbuena said around 250,000 teachers will be operating the 78,900 precinct count optical scan machines on May 13.
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