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Around 900K teachers to assist in 2022 polls — Briones

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Friday assured that there would be sufficient teachers that will assist in the 2022 Presidential and local elections.

During the Senate Finance Committee’s deliberations of the Department of Education’s proposed budget for 2021, Senator Sonny Angara has asked Briones if there are enough teachers who can assist in the 2021 polls as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering two or more election days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have 900,000 teachers and during the last election, the law provides volunteering, I mean participation in electoral process which is provided by law has to be voluntary. If you go by experience of last year’s election practically all, except those unable physically to participate volunteered to participate in the electoral process,” Briones responded.

“It has become part of tradition. The teachers are trusted and they live up to this high level of trust. Based on the earlier records, halos 100% except for those physically unable to participate. So I would imagine if there is a decision especially if it is covered by law, our teachers will participate,” she added.

Briones assured that there would be “sufficient” public school teachers to man the polling centers but in case they need reinforcement, the government can tap other sectors of society.

Angara asked Briones to provide more details in writing.

On Thursday, Comelec Executive Director Bartolome Sinocruz Jr. said in a House of Representatives budget briefing that they are eyeing holding two or more election days in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next elections will be held on 9 May 2022.

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