By Bernadette E. Tamayo | People's Journal
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has urged the Commission on Elections to give hazard pay to teachers who would be assigned in poll “hot spots” in the May mid-term elections.
Marcos made the appeal as he expressed concern over the safety of teachers who would be posted in over 800 poll hotspot areas, or election watch list areas.
He earlier called on the Comelec to give, in advance, the full election duty pay of teachers who had asked for an increase of honorarium from P4,000 to P6,000.
The senator said his proposed hazard pay for teachers to be assigned in EWAs “is on top of the regular poll duty pay that all teachers who will render service in the elections are entitled to.”
“In hot spot areas where the threat of violence is alarmingly high and poses danger to the teachers, hazard pay must be given to them,” Marcos said.
The Philippine National Police had identified 889 EWAs based on “strong indications” that violence may erupt in these areas in relation to the midterm elections.
“This is the least the Comelec can do to compensate the extraordinary bravery and dedication of teachers who would not shirk their duty when call to perform a task for national interest even in the face of danger,” Marcos said.
He noted cases of heroism of several teachers in the past elections who were killed or injured while protecting the sanctity of the ballots.
“’Yung mga teacher wala namang reklamo maski ipadala mo sa mga delikadong lugar kapag eleksyon. Tutal hindi sila umaatras kahit malagay pa sa panganib ang buhay nila, eh, bigyan naman natin sila ng kaukulang hazard pay,” Marcos said.