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Comelec wants to pay poll workers more.

The majority of the country’s poll workers, who are teachers, are seeking an increase in their honoraria from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“If we have a budget for that, we can simply increase, for instance, the stipend or honoraria that we provide them. We would just donate the extra funds to teachers or other election workers rather than using them for any other reason “In a Laging Handa briefing, Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia made a statement.

Increasing the honorarium for employees undergoing poll duty training, according to Garcia, is another option.

“If that happens, even if taxes are subtracted from the increased honorarium, the honorarium that they will receive at this time will still be intact,” he continued. “Yung mismong honorarium na tinatanggap at dapat tanggapin nila sa kasalukuyan (If that happens, even if taxes are subtracted from the increased honorarium, the honorarium that they will get at this time will

Garcia stated that this is a result of their attempts to acknowledge the crucial role that poll workers play in light of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s decision to veto a bill that would have exempted poll workers’ honoraria from taxation.

“We value that (veto). It is the President’s power. Now, it is our responsibility as the Comelec to protect the welfare of our poll workers, “added he.

In the meantime, the election board hopes to quickly resume issuing Voter Certifications after it was put on hold as a result of the weekend fire that destroyed a piece of its main office in Manila.

“The restart and issuance of voter certification have already been ordered by us. Hopefully, if not today (Friday), then by Monday, we may begin issuing voter registration certificates, “added Garcia.

He declared that he intends to start issuing Voter Certifications to Filipino citizens who are traveling abroad right away.

“We understand that many of our overseas Filipino workers were unable to apply for or renew their passports as a result of it after we paused the issuance,” he said.

Due to the July 31 fire at the Palacio del Gobernador Building, the Comelec has ceased issuing voter certifications at its National Central File Division as of August 1.

The Office of the Election Officer in each district, city, and municipality is where the public should submit their requests, according to the Comelec.

Upon request from the registered voter and payment of a fee, a voter’s certification—a document that can act as a temporary voter’s ID card—can be obtained. From the date of issuance, it is valid for a year.

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