By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said teachers who will serve as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in the 2022 elections should have more benefits given the increased risks of working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Marcos, who is running for president in next year's polls, earlier called for Special Risk Allowance (SRA) benefits for nonmedical frontliners.
"Matindi ang susuungin na peligro ng mga teachers natin sa paparating na halalan (Our teachers will face a great risk in the coming elections)," he said.
In a statement, he noted the increased number of voters and the expected lengthening of voting hours mean higher exposure to health risks for teachers working in the polling precincts.
"And all of these are enough reasons to give them enough benefits similar to SRAs granted to medical frontliners," Marcos said in Filipino.
"This meant that the exposure to [health] risks that our teachers will face is expected to increase by more than 100 percent," he added.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sheriff Abas earlier said 63 million voters have registered for the 2022 elections.
The figure is still expected to climb after the Comelec extended voter registration by a month.
The Comelec said voting hours for next year's elections may also be extended from eight to 10 or 12 hours.
Marcos also appealed to the government to restore the hazard pay to teachers serving as BEIs every election after the Comelec admitted in September that the hazard pay for teachers was not included in its proposed budget for 2022.