On Talk Back, the question “Should teachers continue to act as BEI’s?” was the issue. The answer is an obvious yes. Why, what other professional groups would take such a thankless job of drudgery but our unsung heroes of public school teachers? The marines? Traffic enforcers?
None will qualify because only teachers have the integrity, the patience, and the apolitical dignity to man our votes. Not even members of the clergy will do because many of them have partisan reputation, not to mention their small number.
If the recent automated election was chaotic, it was not the teachers’ fault but the PPRCV and the Comelec’s. Those long chaotic queues could have been avoided if the Comelec had staggered the voting hours (especially in large precincts) into three voting periods: such as surnames beginning with A to I voting in the morning, surnames beginning with J to R in the afternoon, and the surnames beginning with S to Z in the evening.
Second, those reams of voters’ lists should be posted not close together in one board but as far apart as possible with proper bold letter alphabet marks as headings. Precincts should have been provided with PA system and a TV monitor to link each BEI to the networks where a Comelec official is ready to give general or specific instructions when and where troubles arise. Lastly, bayaran naman ninyo ng tama ang mga public teachers na iyan. Mabuti nga obedient and resilient an ating mga guro. Don’t try their patience for one day they will rebel.
Pompeyo S. Pedroche
New Jersey, USA