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BBM cites sacrifice of teachers, cops soldiers, workers during elections

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of BBM Media Bureau)

Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has expressed his gratitude to hundreds of thousands of teachers, poll workers and volunteers who took to the frontlines in ensuring the peaceful, honest, orderly and credible conduct of the historic May 9, 2022 elections.

Marcos Jr. described as awe-inspiring the heroism and sacrifice shown by the teachers, poll watchers and volunteers throughout the country in ensuring that the last election would be held smoothly and successfully.

“You have all indeed impressed us with your commitment and sacrifice. What you’ve all accomplished during the elections will serve as an inspiration for me and presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte to serve the mandates you have vested upon us the best way we can,” he said in Filipino.

“We are witnesses to your hardships, sacrifice and patience despite the hot and humid weather, lack of sleep, tiredness, sweat and danger that go with it. I, along with Inday Sara, express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for all your heroic efforts,” Marcos Jr. added.

Aside from them, Marcos Jr. also saluted the entire Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and all force multipliers who stood their ground against lawless elements, and displayed utmost patience and bravery in maintaining peace and order throughout the entire campaign period until the actual election day.

“You [soldiers and police officers] have shown remarkable professionalism and dedication in performing your sworn duties. Your courage and heroism have helped the entire nation in hurdling the many challenges brought by the past elections,” he said.

P3K additional allowance

AT the same time, Marcos Jr. said he was in favor of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) request to give an additional P3,000 allowance to all teachers and non-teaching personnel who served as members of the Electoral Boards.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, in a letter submitted to Commission on Elections  Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan, sought for an additional P3,000 to all the teachers who provided election services.

Marcos Jr. stressed the amount is justifiable, pointing out that the services and sacrifices they provided were actually “unquantifiable.”

He also expressed hope that the compensations, honoraria and other allowances of all teachers will be given before May 24 as stipulated in Comelec Resolution No. 10727.

It was gathered that around 647,812 DepEd personnel performed services and duties in the last elections.

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