Teachers ‘unpaid’ for SK registration — SunStar Cebu

1 01 2009

Thursday, January 01, 2009

HUNDREDS of public school teachers who served for at least four days during the 2007 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) voters registration complained that they have not yet received their honoraria of P1,200 each.

Lelani Tumamak, a teacher of Buhisan Elementary School in Buhisan said that in Cebu City, two teachers served each barangay for the SK registration on July 28 to 29 and on Aug. 4 to 5, 2007.

They were reportedly told by the Commission on Election (Comelec) that they would receive P300 per day.

Tumamak said lawyers Marchel Sarno, Cebu City north district election officer, and Edwin Cadu-ngog, Cebu City south district election officer, were the ones who briefed the teachers on July 25, 2007 at the Zapatera Elementary School.

Pressure

Aileen M. Tejano of the First Time Voters Project said she will consult with her colleagues on what to do to pressure the Comelec to pay the teachers.

Ernie Edralin of the Akbayan Youth said he will bring the matter to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo and Commissioner Renato Sarmiento in their meeting on Jan. 7.

Edralin said he will request Melo and Sarmiento to hasten the release of the teachers’ honorarium.

First Time Voters Group and Akbayan Youth were among those who campaigned for the early registration of young voters. They are widely credited for the heavy turnout.

Director Rene Buac said Comelec did not have an appropriation for the SK registration in 2007. He said the National Youth Commission promised to pay the honoraria of
teachers.

Letter

In Cebu Province, there were 2,344 receiving committees, with two teacher-members each, for the four-day SK registration in 1,203 barangays.

Buac said teachers who did not receive their honoraria must submit a letter that can be used as legal basis to facilitate the release of the funds.

Buac said there a complaint was filed by teachers before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman-Visayas alleging that they failed to receive their honoraria.

But the election officer of the town where the teachers are based presented a payroll showing that the teachers already received their honoraria as evidenced by their
signatures affixed on it.

Buac said the Comelec will pay those who have not yet been paid. He said the reason s why formal letters are needed is because several other teachers already received their honoraria. (EOB)

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2009/01/01/news/teachers.unpaid.for.sk.registration.html

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