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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Comelec faces shortage
of teachers for May polls 6 head

The Commission on Elections in Bacolod is faced with a shortage of public school teachers willing to serve in the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on May 14.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said Bacolod needs 2,538 teachers to serve as members of the Electoral Board and Barangay Boards of Canvassers.

However, so far only about 50 percent of the 2,538 posts have been filled with the deadline to constitute the boards set on February 12, Majarucon-Sia said.

Republic Act 10756, or the Election Service Reform Act, makes election duties non-compulsory for public school teachers.

Majarucon-Siasaid public school teachers are their priority as they have the experience and she is appealing to the them to serve in the elections as a patriotic duty.

However, if there are not enough teachers willing to serve the Comelec can tap other government employees or qualified citizens, she added.

Bacolod City Schools Superintendent Cynthia Demavivas said since serving in the elections is now only voluntary, the teachers have a right to refuse taking on poll duties.

The teachers who are unwilling to serve in the May 14 polls have cited the danger of their facing cases filed against them by candidates and delays in the release of their honorariums.

Meanwhile, COMELEC Resolution No.  10246 states that the filing of BSKE certificates of candidacy commences on April 14 and ends on April 20, giving those interested to run in the upcoming elections seven days to submit their COC.

During the nine-day campaign period which is fixed from May 4 to May 12, making any donation or gift in cash or in kind is prohibited, as well as appointing or using special policemen or confidential agents, construction or maintenance of barangay funded roads and bridges, appointment or hiring of new employees, creation of new position, promotion, and giving of salary increases, remuneration or privileges, theresolution adds.

Campaigning is prohibited on the eve of election day, May 13.

The election period is set from April 14 to May 21, during which the Commission prohibits the alteration of precincts or establishment of new precincts, carrying of firearms or other deadly weapons, use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, and suspension of any elective local officer.

Casting of votes in polling precincts will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14.

Meanwhile, Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said election officers have been directed to submit reports on the internal security

situation in their areas.*CPG




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