DepEd prepares 647K poll workers to ensure free and clean elections on May 9

by PDM STAFF

Teachers as poll workers on May 9 | Photo via DepEd

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing its Election Task Force (ETF) 2022 to assist field offices during the national and local elections on May 9.

“We want to ensure that the necessary assistance to the field offices and schools, especially to teachers who will serve as BEIs, will be provided by the Central Office. We want our personnel to be equipped with adequate information and technical and legal assistance along the way,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Briones added that DepEd prioritizes the health, safety, and welfare of the personnel participating in the election with financial assistance because of the ongoing pandemic.

According to a report of Director IV and ETF Head Atty Marcelo Bragado, Jr. during the EduAksyon Press Conference on April 28, 647,812 DepEd personnel will serve as poll workers.

DepEd also noted that 319,317 are members of the electoral boards, 200,627 are EB Support Staff, 38,989 are DepEd Supervisor Official (DESO), and 87,162 are DESO Support Staff, and 1,717 are DepEd members of the Board of Canvassers.

DepEd said it is actively coordinating and engaging with COMELEC, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces of the Philippines for the safety of the electoral board members and voters during the election period.

“Tayo rin po ay may mga pagpupulong na pinuntahan kasama ng COMELEC para po pag-usapan ang lahat ng mga benepisyo para sa ikagaganda ng eleksyon na ito, para sa ating mga guro, at mga kawani ng Kagawaran,” Bragado stressed.

DepEd likewise ensured the agency’s active participation in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Advisory Council (CAC). Bragado reported that there would be 106,439 clustered precincts from 37,219 polling centers (schools) nationwide.

DepED said it will establish the Election Task Force (ETF) Operation and Monitoring Center at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan starting 1:00 p.m. of May 8 until 5 p.m. of May 10. The center will ensure close coordination and consultation between COMELEC, DepEd, and its field offices. They will extend legal, technical, and other assistance to teachers on issues, concerns, and problems that may arise on election day and coordinate with other government agencies.

“I am encouraging all our personnel and learners who are registered voters to actively participate in the National and Local Elections this coming May 9 and vote based on their conscience. This will also help us achieve a better future for the learners,” Briones noted.

–With Jay Domingo

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