Teacher-friendly app for the polls
“We want to know the real issues on the ground, so we could provide immediate action. For example, the travel allowance and honoraria is not yet given, we’ll check on it with the Comelec, or if there’s harassment, an accident, we’ll immediately inform our law enforcers,” said DepEd Undersecretary Alain del Pascua. Pascua added that the app will relieve teachers of the burden of submitting written reports. “Whether they have the app or not, they will have to report the situation on the ground. The app will just make reporting for them easier since they’ll just be clicking [on menu items] and we’ll be able to get the reports and statistics right away,” Pascua said. Pascua said teachers can take and upload photos through the app to report cases of facilities’ damage, fire, harassment and other incidents. “The photos have date and time stamps for verification purposes… Teachers are already informed about what they should do if harassment happens but we also placed reminders in the app,” he said. On Sunday, a Department of the Interior and Local Government official said 2,838 personnel from the Philippine National Police are ready to serve as Board of Election Inspectors deputized by the Commission on Election on Monday’s polls. “Elections must proceed in every precinct in the country and the PNP is ready to be called to duty by the Comelec if there are no available teachers to serve in some precincts,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a statement.