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The SDO San Juan City teaching and non-teaching force has shown once more its unwavering commitment of dedicated public service by serving separately as members of the Electoral Board and Department of Education Supervising Officials (DESOs) in the 2019 Midterm Polls last May 13, 2019.

Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, OIC-SDS of SDO San Juan City, lauded the unparalleled dedication of the public school teachers in the division. “The dedication, integrity and resilience of our teachers and employees in DepEd translated to a successful and peaceful conduct of election here in San Juan City”, Dr. Ibañez said. “We are so grateful that they (teachers) continue to serve our people as well as our country selflessly even during their summer vacation period”. ![endif]--

The DepEd teachers and employees had manned a total of 98 clustered precincts in various polling centers in the city with 82,977 registered voters who elected our next leaders. Atty. Angela Kristine P. De Guiño-Royandoyan, Election Officer of COMELEC San Juan, thanked the teachers for their gallant efforts. “The Commission is deeply indebted to our teachers for their service. Not even their scheduled allowances would suffice to reciprocate their roles in the electoral process”, she added.

[endif]--Under the Election Service Reform Act, chairpersons of electoral boards will each receive P6,000 while electoral board members will each get P5,000. Department of Education Supervisor Officials or DESOs are entitled to a P4,000 compensation, while support staff will each get P2,000. Apart from this, those who served will be given a minimum of 5-day service credit as stipulated Republic Act No. 10756 (An Act Rendering Election Service Non-Compulsory for Public School Teachers, Authorizing the Appointment of Other Qualified Citizens, Providing for Compensation and Other Benefits). ![endif]--

Serving in his 5th poll duty, Mr. Hernan L. Apurada, Division Science Coordinator, stressed, “The duties and responsibilities lodged on us as members of the electoral board are quite stressful. But this has become a commitment that all of us have embraced through the years as public servants”.

Teachers are often entrusted the duty to serve in the political exercise in the country because of their resilience, commitment, and integrity as public servants who safeguard the sanctity of our votes.

The SDO San Juan City commends all teaching and non-teaching personnel who served in the recently concluded 2019 National and Local Elections. Kudos to the new breed of real heroes!

Article written by:

Jay F. Macasieb (ASP II / Research Coordinator)

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