It was publicly announced last Wednesday that the Department of Education has created an Election Task Force (ETF) Operation Center at its Central Office in Pasig. This is to ensure full support to teachers who will serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors for the 2013 national and local elections.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC has designated Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Alberto Muyot as Chair of the Steering Committee.
Ensuring that teachers will be provided with adequate information as well as technical and legal assistance in their role as members of the BEIs, is ETF's main goal. The same protection is extended to principals, supervisors, schools division/city superintendents and other DepEd employees who will serve in the May 13, 2013 automated national and local elections.
“Our DedEd personnel deserve all the support they need to enable them to better perform this noble duty of overseeing the conduct of an honest and free elections,” said Luistro.
The 2013 ETF Operation Center will be established at the DepEd Bulwagan ng Karunungan starting at 1:00 pm of May 12 until 12:00 noon of May 14.
With this, Luistro reminded all DepEd personnel to remain non-partisan and not to intervene directly or indirectly in any election campaign or engage in any partisan political activity except to vote.
The ETF will also serve as DepEd’s link to volunteer organizations, partner agencies and individuals involved in the May polls.