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Comelec-Legazpi starts paying 1.4K poll workers’ honorarium

By Connie Calipay

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Legazpi City initiated the payment of honorariums for 1,400 teachers and non-teaching personnel who diligently served during the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).

Lawyer Connie del Castillo, the election officer of Legazpi City, highlighted the legal obligation to compensate poll workers within 15 days after the elections, stipulated by law until November 14.

“These individuals were involved in managing the electoral process across the 70 barangays in Legazpi City. The chairman of the electoral board will receive P10,000, and its members will each receive P9,000, both amounts subject to taxation,” del Castillo explained.

The disbursement was arranged from Monday to Wednesday at the 3rd floor of SM City Legazpi, which also served as a polling area during the October 30 BSKE.

Expressing gratitude, del Castillo thanked the teachers, non-teaching personnel, support staff, uniformed personnel, and all stakeholders involved in facilitating the 2023 BSKE.

The poll workers encompassed members of the Electoral Board, Barangay Board of Canvassers, Special Polling Place Electoral Board, personnel serving in detention facilities, support staff for emergency accessible polling places, and Department of Education supervisors.

Moreover, Comelec officials reminded all candidates to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) within 30 days after the election day.

Failure to comply could prevent elected officials from assuming their duties. Candidates were encouraged to access the prescribed form for SOCE, available for download, and to submit both hard and soft copies. An informational poster at the Comelec office delineates the necessary steps for meeting SOCE requirements. (PNA)

HONORARIUM Teachers and non-teaching personnel who served in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) began to receive their honorarium on Monday (Nov. 6, 2023) at SM City Legazpi. Comelec is mandated under the law to pay the poll workers 15 days after the election or until Nov. 14. (PNA photo by Connie Calipay)


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