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House approves bill providing for insurance coverage for poll workers

from NAMFREL Election Monitor Vol.2, No.27
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Individuals serving as members of the Board of Elections Inspectors (BEI), Special Board of Election Inspectors (SBEI), Board of Election Tellers (BET) as well as their support staff may likely receive insurance coverage, on top of the usual honoraria given election workers. The House of Representatives approved last week House Bill no. 6528 -- the Election Officer/Staff Insurance Act of 2012 -- giving insurance coverage to said personnel "from the time the insured is exposed to any election-related risk, starting from, but not limited to, the acquisition of election paraphernalia and...terminated upon the proper turnover of the same to the appropriate receiving officer or until any election-related risk is not present anymore."

According to the bill, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will be the implementing agency, while the Comelec is tasked to furnish the GSIS with the list of all personnel assigned to the election boards mentioned, as well as those who actually served during the election. Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) deputized by the Comelec for the election will not be covered by the insurance coverage, unless they were appointed to act as members of the BEI, SBEI, and BET.

The bill mandates that the death benefits shall include the awarding of PhP 200,000 to the beneficiaries on the first year of implementation of the proposed law and the insurance coverage shall also include hospitalization and medical expenses of the injured beneficiary until his/her recovery notwithstanding benefits provided for by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or any institution granting the same to the insured.

The Senate is expected to approve a similar measure before this is made into law.

(Source: Philippine Congress)
 
 
 
 
 
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