By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepED) opened this morning (May 12) its Election Task Force (ETF) and Monitoring Center Sunday at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.
“Through DepEd’s Election Task Force, we also ensure that are properly oriented and trained to serve in the polls,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.
Briones issued earlier the DepEd Memorandum No. 52 series of 2019 which enjoins the Central Office as well as regional, schools and city division offices to set up their own ETF to assist public school teachers with poll duties.
The DepEd ETF and Monitoring Center will be open starting May 12 to 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Briones said that the ETF will “ensure compliance with and enforcement of all orders and instructions relative to the election duties” of DepEd personnel. “Likewise, all regional and schools division offices of the Department are authorized to create their respective ETF Operations and Monitoring Centers on the same schedules,” she added.
The ETF, Briones added, also aims to “ensure that teachers shall be provided with adequate information, technical and legal assistance in the course of the performance of their duties as members of the Electoral Board, as well as DepEd non-teaching personnel who will serve” during the 2019 national and local elections.
Likewise, the ETF operation and monitoring center will also serve as DepEd’s “institutional link to volunteer organizations, individuals, as well as partner agencies involved in the conduct” of the midterm elections.
DepEd is one of the national agencies deputized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to “ensure free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections” through the appointment of public school teachers to serve as chairpersons and members of the Electoral Board, as well as Technical Support Personnel. #MatalinongBoto2019