Comelec pay hike: Poll officers 1 getting P73,299 monthly

A voter putting a ballot on a vote counting machine. (Namfrel image)

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) rank and file personnel’s ranks and salary will be upgraded under two bills approved by the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms.

The committee approved bills filed by Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Rep. Francisco Datol, together with Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (House Bill 8258) and Rep. Danilo Suarez (House Bill 8111). Having identical provisions, the bills were easily approved and will be assigned a new House Bill number shortly.

The authors said their proposed measures “answer the COMELEC employees’ call for adequate adjustments in their salary grades to help insulate them from graft and corruption and to compensate them for the risks like election-related violence they face time and again.”

City and municipal election officers, with Election Officer I, have the most to gain because from Salary Grade 12 (P22,149 per month), they get promoted to Salary Grade 24 (P73,299 per month). Their assistant election specialists will get SG-21 rank.

In the approved bills, a provincial election supervisor now with SG-23 rank is boosted to Director II salary grade.

The National Capital Region is divided into at least five administrative districts, headed by a district director with Director II rank and salary grade.

The bills have other provisions for other COMELEC personnel and authorize the COMELEC’s Commission en banc to reclassify and upgrade other positions accordingly.

At the Senate, the counterpart measure is Senate Bill No. 2025 of Senator Leila de Lima but that bill is still pending at committee level.

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