Dr. Angtud at Comelec: approve additional payment for occupational therapy teachers on May 9

The vote counting machine for clustered compound 757 in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City was returned to its assigned compound after undergoing a repair that took about three hours. The VCM malfunctioned shortly after voting began at 6am on Monday, May 9, 2022. | CDN Digital photo file

CEBU CITY, Philippines – An official with the Cebu City Department of Education (DepEd) has expressed hope that the 4,000 teachers who served in the May 9 elections will eventually get more than the P5,000 salary which had been promised to them.

Dr Rhea Mar Angtud, superintendent of the city’s schools division, said most of their teachers spent more hours to complete the voting process and transmission of election results after some of the counting machines votes started to malfunction.

“Walay matawag nga harassment. Pero naa toy usa nga nakatugon na tawn kaayo siya naapil niyag sulod sako ang card, pero narecover ra,” Angtud said.

(No one was harassed. But there was a teacher who was already very sleepy that she placed the SD card inside the bag [intended for other election paraphernalia]but we were able to recover it.)

Angtud said that the teachers, who participated in the elections, should receive P5,000 as honorarium for election duties.

But there is now a pending request from DepEd to release an additional 3,000 PP for teachers who worked overtime to deal with technical and other issues related to the conduct of the May 9 election.

Angtud said the teachers deserved the extra pay because some of them had to work beyond midnight to ensure that the election results were correctly transmitted to the Comelec canvassing centre.

The city’s schools division supervisor expressed hope that Comelec Commissioner George Garcia would heed DepEd’s call for the release of additional teacher pay.

In Cebu City, a total of 4,000 teachers were deployed to 63 public schools on election day.

Meanwhile, Angtud said that except for reports of VCMs that malfunctioned in some constituencies, the conduct of the May 9 elections here went smoothly.

“Wala ra kaayoy problema. In fact, there were no elections in the two days. After the elections, man of rest day at nila sa teachers,” she said.

(We did not encounter any major problems. In fact, everything was completed in two days. After the elections, all the teachers had their day off.)

Angtud expressed the hope that upgrades will already be introduced in the next elections and that faulty VMCs will be replaced.

Continued use of faulty VCMs caused long lines outside some of Cebu City’s polling stations and voting to continue beyond the 7 p.m. cut-off time set by Comelec.

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