Teachers seek higher pay for poll duty

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2012 02:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 15 2012 03:12 AM

MANILA – The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) will meet today with Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes to press for higher salaries and better benefits for teachers on poll duty in the 2013 mid-term elections.

About 10 members of the TDC, led by Chairman Benjo Basas, said they want a P6,000 fee for each teacher on poll duty, a 100% increase from the 2010 rate of P3,000.

Basas said they also want emergency response teams in the polling precincts.

The group is lobbying that poll duties also be made as optional for teachers in high-risk areas like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

They also want 24-hour presence of law enforcers in polling precincts, a cap of 500 voters for clustered precincts, the disenfranchisement of 100,000 teachers whose voters' registration were deactivated because of failure to vote in their own precincts, and the designation of one lawyer per 20 clustered precincts to provide immediate legal support to teachers for any election related case.

The group claims the membership of some 30,000 teachers nationwide.