Comelec: No SOCE deadline extension, select teachers to get add’l honoraria

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The Department of Education (DepEd) on Sunday, May 29, welcomed the approval by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of an additional honoraria for select teachers for their extended service during the May 9 polls.

DepEd, through Secretary Leonor Briones and Election Task Force Chair and Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua, coordinated with Comelec on its proposal of providing appropriate and just compensation for teachers who rendered extended hours in the elections due to vote counting machine (VCM) and SD card issues.

In a COMELEC order, poll workers will receive an additional P2,000 honoraria across the board. Although it is lesser than our original proposal of P3,000, the Department is grateful to the Commission for listening to our plea for our teachers’ welfare, a DepEd statement said.

Meanwhile, the Comelec is reminding all candidates in this year’s polls that there will be no extension to the deadline for the filing of their statement of contribution and expenditures (SOCE) on June 8.

Candidates who will not submit their SOCE will face charges and a fine, and those who fail to file for a second time may be subjected to perpetual disqualification to hold public office, the Comelec said.*

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