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PGMA order release of additional P1,000 election honorarium for teachers

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
November 14, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that in the arena of human life, the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.

Another favorite quotation goes, "we will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service."

Thus, for ensuring free, fair and fast selection of the grassroots leaders through their vigor and vigilance, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the Budget Secretary to release an additional one thousand pesos (P1,000) to all teacher who served in the recently concluded synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The augmentation the President has just ordered, will bring to a total of two thousand five hundred the total remuneration the teachers will receive for the last elections.

The President said that the teachers selflessly displayed vigor and vigilance so that all Filipinos can exercise their rights of suffrage. The President believed that the industry and commitment of the teachers who served during the last elections must not go unappreciated.

The President said that this financial initiative to the teachers is extended to them by a grateful government not just for the services beyond the call of duty in the last elections but also for the sacrifices they continue to endure in molding the minds of the Filipino youth.

Although the 2007 budget only authorized P1,500 maximum honorarium for the teachers who will serve in the barangay elections, the President, however, pursuant to powers vested on her have ordered the corresponding adjustments to be sourced from savings made possible by the prudent utilization of the country’s fiscal surplus.

So that delays and miscommunications will be avoided, the President has also instructed the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Education to coordinate with COMELEC to review policies pertaining to the release of pay for teachers performing election duties.

The Presidents move is but a manifestation that she realizes exemplary work and commitment of the government workers who are partners in the ordering of society and in the attainment of good governance, and who more often than not serve more than what they are paid for.