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George Garcia. STORY: No extra honoraria for teachers in 2023 barangay, SK polls

Comelec Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia, proven right here in a Senate listening to on the postponement of barangay and SK elections on Dec. 5, 2022. (File picture from the Senate Public Relations and Data Bureau)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — Academics who will function electoral board members in barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October won’t get any further honoraria, Fee on Elections (Comelec) Chair George Erwin Garcia stated on Saturday.

“We had been supposed to extend [the honoraria]. We had been going to request a rise within the honoraria to be acquired by our academics. However due to an absence of funds, we simply determined to repair the quantity of what they may get,” Garcia stated in Filipino in an opportunity interview with reporters in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, the place he monitored the voter registration there.

In accordance with Garcia, an electoral board chair will nonetheless obtain P6,000, electoral board members P5,000, and precinct employees P4,000.

In 2022, Comelec bought a funds of P8.4 billion for the postponed December 2022 polls. It requested for a further P10 billion for the reason that election was postponed, however Congress solely allotted P2.7 billion within the 2023 nationwide funds, in response to Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco.

“So far as the 8.441 billion pesos [goes], that’s solely sufficient for the unique honoraria of our academics,” Garcia stated.

He identified that the Home or Senate of their funds deliberations may resolve to offer further funding for the honoraria of electoral board members, particularly now that their honoraria for serving in the course of the elections had been now not tax-exempt.

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