[Press Release] Teachers, lawyers established command post to monitor poll events -TDC

Teachers, lawyers established command post to monitor poll events

logo TDCThe Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) headquarters in Quezon City will serve as the command post to monitor all election-related concerns of public school teachers, especially the report of harassment to teachers beginning Sunday morning until Tuesday night, May 14, 2013. Dubbed as “Proteksiyon sa mga Guro, Proteksiyon sa ating Boto” the post will document untoward incidents like harassment, cheating, intimidation, emergency situation or any election-related concerns of public school teachers during May 13, 2013 polls.

Emmalyn Policarpio, the group’s Secretary-General and teacher from Valenzuela City said they will be monitoring the field especially the situation of teachers before, during and immediately after the elections. “We will work like call center agents to accommodate reports from teachers.” She said. “This is our own way of helping our fellow teachers who are tasked to ensure the success of our elections on Monday.”

TDC has established hotline telephone numbers and several mobile numbers for easier reports from teachers. They will be assisted by law group LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections) which will also provide their own hotline to answer legal questions in the field as well as the peace human rights advocacy group, Sulong CARHRIHL.

Several teacher-volunteers who will not sit as BEI on Monday and who are deactivated from voters’ list will man the Command Post and they are tasked to monitor and document the field situation and provide any possible assistance from the organization and concerned agencies.

The Command post will closely coordinate with government and private agencies specifically the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Elections (Comelec), Law Enforcement Units (PNP etc.), election watchdogs and the media. This is the second time that TDC launched such command post just as they did in 2010. TDC members from all over the Philippines will provide the first-hand information from their respective localities.

“Reports that we gathered during 2010 elections were sent to Comelec and DepEd and served as reference for their policies. W call on all our teachers and concerned citizens to reveal all the ”irregularities or any untoward incidents, we need vigilant people to protect our teachers and this democratic exercise.” Policarpio ended. #

May 10, 2013

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com/

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