OAV Volunteers to Receive Payment this Month

By Cheryl M. Arcibal

36 mins ago

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has wired the payment for the volunteers who served during the recent Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) here in Hong Kong, Vice Consul Alex Vallespin said.

“As of Monday, na-deposit [na ang pera],” Vallespin said in an interview this morning (June 16), adding that the money was wired to the Philippine National Bank branch here in Hong Kong.

He said the Philippine Consulate General’s finance officer was just waiting for an “advice” from the Comelec, which would list down the names of the electoral board members and their corresponding payment.

“Once na available na [ang advice], i-tetext ko lahat ng SBEI (Special Board of Election Inspector) chairs para i-text ang mga nag-serve sa SBEIs under them…Hinihintay namin iyong list ng magkano ang matatanggap ng bawat isa so hindi na aabot ng katapusan ng June,” Vallespin said.

He made the statement following a Hong Kong News report that a group of volunteers was planning to file a complaint after the Comelec and the PCG were not able to release their fee of around $17,000 each.

Vallespin said that, since the last day of the canvassing for OAV, he had followed up their payment from the Comelec office in Manila.

On Wednesday, Vallespin sent a text message to Hong Kong News and clarified that the PCG had nothing to do with the release of the payment for the election volunteers.

“It is the Comelec and only Comelec which has the responsibility for the release of the payment. Conduit lang ang PCG,” he said.

He added that PCG staff members and officials were also waiting for their payment.

“And most of us served weeks before and days after the 31-day voting period,” Vallespin said.


(Source: HongKongNews.com.hk)

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