By Patrick Miguel, August 25, 2023; Business Mirror

Poll workers for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will receive the honoraria amounting to P9,000 and P10,000, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

According to Comelec chairman George Garcia, the poll body will increase the honoraria of the electoral board (EB) from P6,000 to P10,000, while members increased from P5,000 to P9,000.

“Tinaasan po namin base po sa aming naipon o aming natipid sa procurement namin (We increased it based on what we earned or what we saved from our procurement),” said Garcia.

The poll body will also provide death benefits worth P500,000 to families of poll workers who died of election-related risks. Meanwhile, P200,000 will be given to poll workers who sustained illness and/or injuries.

Last March, education workers’ group Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) demanded poll workers such as teachers deserve an increase in honoraria.

“Our poll workers only deserve honoraria and allowances that justly compensate the strenuous and hazardous election duties,” ACT said in a statement.