Pambayad sa mga Guro sa May 2019 Election, Kulang Nga Ba?

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned lawmakers Friday against implementing a reenacted budget in light of expenses for the upcoming midterm polls.
While preparations for the May elections were included in last year's budget, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez noted that the pay for those who will work on election day, including teachers, was not considered.

"Maraming items na kakailanganin sa 2019 na di nakalagay sa 2018 [budget], primarily the honoraria ng ating election workers," he said during a press briefing.

(Many items needed this year were not included in the 2018 budget, primarily the honoraria for our election workers.)

The Comelec needs P3.2 billion to cover pay for teachers, who are tapped to man polling precincts every election year, and other election workers, Jimenez said.

Under the national expenditure program, the Comelec said it was only allotted P1.9 billion, which would not be enough to pay election workers.

"Nananawagan po kami sa Kongreso to sana (we are asking Congress to hopefully) keep this on top of mind in their deliberations in the coming days. We hope that this is not lost in the shuffle," he said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday said he would propose that the Senate withdraw its version of the 2019 General Appropriations Act, paving the way for a reenacted budget.

Sotto cited "numerous allegations" surrounding the 2019 budget proposal such as supposed insertions.

House appropriations committee chairman Rolando Andaya Jr. appealed to the Senate not to abandon bicameral hearings on the budget, saying the House was against a reenacted budget.

Jimenez said a reenacted budget would have a "pronounced impact" on the poll body's ability to conduct elections as the Comelec does not have a backup source of funding in case the 2019 national budget is rejected.

"We don't think that a reenacted budget at this time would be innocuous from the point of view of elections," he said.

Source: abs-cbn.com
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