MANILA - The country’s education chief on Saturday urged teachers to “not engage in any partisan activity” when they go on election duty on Monday.
In a statement, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reiterated that their teachers, who will serve as election inspectors in some 36,280 voting precincts around the country on May 13, are not allowed to partake in electioneering and other partisan political activities.
She added that DepEd officials are not allowed to use their position “to influence teaching and/or non-teaching personnel” to support any candidate or party-list group running in the polls.
“We call on all our officials and personnel to maintain neutrality, focus on non-partisan public service, and remain a beacon of integrity,” Briones said.
DepEd said 531,307 of their officials, teachers, and personnel will be working for the 2019 midterm polls.
Briones assured that her office “has been relentless in working closely” with other agencies so their volunteers could receive better incentives for their work during the election period.
She said DepEd personnel were “properly oriented and trained to serve in the polls.”
More than 18,000 seats in the national and local level are up for grabs in the upcoming elections.