November 30, 2022

Benguet caretaker Rep. Eric Yap has filed House Bill 10026, which seeks to strengthen the field offices of the Commission on Elections by upgrading and creating several positions in the agency.
The positions to be created are not contained in the proposal.
Yap said the various Comelec field offices would be one of the busiest agencies in the coming days since it is responsible from the registration of voters to the election period and after the voting process.
The bill intends to reclassify, upgrade, and create positions in the Comelec field offices, amending for the purpose Section 53 of the Omnibus Election Code, as amended.
The bill was approved in the House Committee on Appropriations. The panel approved the un-numbered substitute bill which will consolidate all bills related to this measure and is hoped to hurdle the plenary deliberations despite failing to do so in previous congresses.
Despite the ongoing budget deliberations at the plenary of the House of Representatives, the Appropriations panel which he chairs has ensured its passage in the committee level.
He said the measure would assure the workers in Comelec that they would receive a decent pay for their efforts especially in this pandemic “commensurate to their mandate of protecting the sacred right of the people to vote and participate in safeguarding our democracy.” – Ofelia C. Empian