MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has moved to allow teachers previously deactivated from the voters’ list to serve in the coming polls.
In a press release, the poll body said this would address “the possible shortage of public school teachers” for the Baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.
This was also what Comelec did last May.
In its Resolution No. 9034, the poll body said “for purposes of the October 25, 2010 [elections] and future elections, there is a need to reinstate above-cited policy in order to address possible shortage of public school teachers by reason of inadvertent deactivation so that they shall continue to serve in the elections.”
More than 500,000 public school teachers are expected to man 36,739 voting centers on October 25.
The announcement coincides with the celebration of the World Teachers' Day.
“Today we honor our teachers' selfless sacrifice and dedication each time the country troops to the polls,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.