COMELEC: Election service of teachers voluntary starting 2017

Public school teachers will no longer be required to render election service in the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and in succeeding elections.

RA 10756 or the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA), signed in April 2016, renders election services non-compulsory for public school teachers. It allows the Commission on Elections to tap private school teachers, national government employees (excluding military officers), members of Comelec-accredited citizens' arms, and any voter with integrity and competence, and without political affiliations as election officers.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that they are ready for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of (IRR) of the ESRA and are supposed to implement the law in the 2016 Barangay and SK elections, but because of their postponement, they will ensure that the law will be implemented starting next election.

The ESRA also mandates a higher compensation package for election workers.

The Bill on the postponement of the elections was passed on final reading at the House of Representatives and the Senate on September 13.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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