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Marcos seeks hazard pay for poll teachers in 'hotspots'

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos said on Friday that teachers who would be assigned in election “hotspots” in the May elections should be given hazard pay. “In hotspot areas where the threat of violence is alarmingly high and poses danger to the teachers, hazard pay must be given to them,” Marcos said. He made the suggestion as he expressed concern over the safety of teachers who would be posted in over 800 poll hotspot areas, or election watch list areas (EWAs). Marcos added that his proposed hazard pay for teachers assigned in EWAs was on top of the regular poll duty pay that teachers who will render service in the elections are entitled to. The Philippine National Police had identified 889 EWAs on the basis of strong indications that violence may erupt in these areas in connection with the mid-term elections. The senator pointed out that this is the least the Comelec can do to compensate the “extraordinary” bravery and dedication of teachers in the performance of their duties in the face of danger. He noted cases of unselfish heroism of several teachers in past elections, some of whom were killed or injured while protecting the sanctity of the ballot. “The teachers are not complaining although you send them to dangerous areas during elections,” said Marcos. “Anyway the teachers do not turn their backs on their election duties although their lives are endangered so it is just proper to give them hazard pay,” he further said.
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