By Mario Casyuran
Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, urged yesterday the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to exempt from withholding tax the honoraria and travel allowance to be given by the national government for their difficult role in the May 13, 2019, mid-term elections.
Gatchalian said this exemption should be given considering the demanding and sometimes life-threatening duties that teachers who serve as board of election inspectors (BEIs) perform during elections.
He said what teachers would also perform is considered service to the nation.
‘’Giving our teachers the full amount of their election honoraria and allowances is the best way we can show them our gratitude and appreciation for ensuring clean, honest and orderly elections in the country,’’ he added.