Teachers, lawyers, HR group to monitor poll events
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) launched “Proteksiyon sa mga Guro, Proteksiyon sa ating Boto,” a 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. The post will document reports of untoward incidents like harassment, cheating, intimidation, emergency situation or any election-related concerns of public school teachers during the polls.
“We will work like call center agents to accommodate reports from teachers.” Said Emmalyn Policarpio, TDC Secretary-General and a teacher from Valenzuela City. “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 and human rights advocacy group, Sulong CARHRIHL.
“This partnership stems from the recognition of our group to the significant contributions of the teachers to our country.” Said Atty. Kenjie Aman of LENTE. “We are monitoring the process and we want to make sure that the rights of each stakeholder in the elections are protected. We want to uphold the right that should be afforded to every citizen.” He stressed.
For her part, Sis. Arnold Maria Noel of Sulong CARHRIHL appreciates the sanctity of votes. “Election is very important because this is the only time that the rich and the poor become equal, having only one vote. This is the best time to exercise our freedom; we should not be threatened or intimidated. Thus, our teachers should at all times be protected.” She said.
Sister Arnold also calls on the voters to exercise the conscience vote, “Everyone must be a wise voter. If we vote for the wrong leaders or parties, we are to be blamed after the elections.” She said. “Specifically in the party-list system which aims to give voice to the voiceless, yet the big political clans and business families are lording over it.” She continued.
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 to the teachers in the field.
The Command post will closely coordinate with government and private agencies specifically the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Elections (Comelec), law enforcement units, 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. We 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 11, 2013
Emmalyn Policarpio, TDC Secretary-General, 0939-7798649
Atty. Takahiro Kenjie Aman , LENTE National Secretariat Head, 0917-8952955
Sis. Arnold Maria Noel, Sulong CARHRIHL Co-Chairperson, 0917-3211535
Teachers assigned as BEI:
Olive De Guzman, Morning Breeze ES, Caloocan, 0917-8167130
Marilou Nofiel-Felipe- Baesa HS, Caloocan City, 0919-5321429
For contacts in other cities/provinces please call/text:
Allen Carl Bartolome, 09183566370/ 3853437
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