BAGUIO CITY— Esther Litilit, a principal at Baguio Central School has served the Department of Education (DepEd) for 31 years and still counting– seven years as a teacher and 24 years as principal, moving from one elementary school in Baguio to another.
As a teacher, she never fails to serve as a poll clerk on election day and as a supervising officer when she was promoted as principal.
Counting the number of years in government, she is always willing to serve the country during elections– the time when rich and poor become equal in casting their votes.
“We are very willing to serve because it is innate to most of us teachers that we will serve on the election,” Litilit told Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Litilit said it is automatic for most of them to serve during the election, not only because they were required but because they are willing to give their time and energy.
In spite of the passage of Republic Act 10756, or the “Act rendering election service non-compulsory for public school teachers, authorizing the appointment of other qualified citizens, providing for compensation and other benefits”, Litilit said most of the teachers see every election as an opportunity to serve the country anew.
The law provides that electoral boards composed of the chairperson and two members are all public school teachers who are willing and available to render poll duty.
However, if public school teachers are unwilling to serve, a private school teacher, national government employee, DepEd non-teaching personnel, other national government officials and employees holding regular position, members of the commission-accredited citizen arm o