No order barring ACT members from serving in May polls -- DepEd

March 08, 2019

THE Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday denied Alliance of Concerned Teachers’  statement alleging that local DepEd officials have declared  its members ineligible to be part of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) in the upcoming midterm elections.

“There had been no issuance by DepEd Central Office prohibiting members of ACT or any teachers’ unions or associations and announcing their ineligibility to serve as part of the electoral boards in the upcoming midterm polls,” DepEd said in a statement.

“Reading closely on ACT statement, we see its internal inconsistencies, and the resulting disinformation and malicious imputations. It acknowledges in the statement itself that their allegations are not validated. It is based on ‘reported,’ and ‘purported’ acts. The name of the organization they cite (Allegiance of Concerned Teachers) is not even their organization

“Yet based on its bare allegations, it proceeds to condemn the acts as ‘yet another attack against teachers’ right to self-organization and a dirty attempt to persecute ACT,’” the DepEd added.

The DepEd noted that ACT should present “specific and validated” incidents when DepEd officials prohibited their members from election service.

DepEd explained that ACT should clarify whether or not its members are also members of the ACT Teachers Party-list because, if so, they may be disqualified as BEI under Article IX-C Section 8 of the Constitution

The provision states that “political parties, or organizations or coalitions registered under the party-list system, shall not be represented in the voter’s registration boards, boards of election inspectors, boards of canvassers, or other similar bodies. However, they shall be entitled to appoint poll watchers in accordance with the law.”