Three presidential candidates gave out a mixed reaction over the Comelec's decision to spend Php 26.55 million to produce bib vests.
Presidential bets Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Grace Poe had different opinions on alternatives for the bib vests, but both agreed that it would be a waste of taxpayers' money.
According to a Rappler report, Poe said that IDs for the teachers should be made instead.
She said: "Ang dami ngang mga nirereklamo nilang gagastusin nila. Pati nga 'yung thermal paper 'nung umpisa ay nagiging issue sa kanila."
(They actually have many complaints about their expenses. At the start, even thermal paper became an issue for them.)
On the other hand, Dutere's spokesman Peter Laviña said in the same Rappler report that the millions of peso used to buy bibs should have just been added to the allowance of public school teachers instead.
Only administration bet Secretary Mar Roxas thought favorably of the Comelec's recent expenditure.
He said: "Kung ito ay makakapagbigay ng dagdag na kredibilidad dito sa mga inspektor na ito, e ano ba naman?"
(If this could add to the credibility of the inspectors, then why not?)
While the other presidentiables suggested either a direct benefit to the teachers, i.e., additional allowance according to Duterte's camp, or a more frugal use of government fund, i.e., IDs according to Poe, Roxas said that this could even be an additional uniform for teachers.
"O, e 'di parang natulungan natin ang mga guro na magkaroon ng dagdag na uniporme."
(In this case, we're helping them because we're giving them an additional uniform.)
Comelec will spend over Php 26 million to produce bib vests for Board of Election Inspectors, which if broken down, would account to Php 75 per piece.
According to a report from GMA News Online, the Comelec defended its decision against claims that it was unnecessary.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that this would dignify the work that the teachers are doing.
"It's very important that if you're going to have people resisting the lure of money, for them to feel the dignity of the work they are doing, to feel proud of what they are doing."
He said that the dignity of the work could be felt with a bib.
"And if you have people who are attired properly, then you stand a better chance of actually instilling that."