House approves compulsory insurance for election workers
02 October 2012 08:09:15 AM
Writer: Dionisio P. Tubianosa, Media Relations Service
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading
a bill creating a compulsory insurance for election
officials and workers during national and local
The authors of House Bill 6528 are Reps. Juliet Cortuna
(Party-list, A-Teacher), Mariano Piamonte (Party-list,
A-Teacher), Antonio Tinio (Party-list, Act Teachers),
Andres Salvacion, Jr. (3rd District, Leyte) and Rep.
Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. (Lone District, City of Dasmariñas),
Chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral
The compulsory insurance will be for members of the Board
of Election Inspectors (BEI), Special Board of Election
Inspectors (SBEI), the Board of Election Tellers (BET) and
their support staff for every national and local
"The compulsory insurance is one way the State could
concretely express its recognition of the crucial role of
the members of the BEI, SBEI, the BET and their support
staff and the dangers that attend every election,"
The bill mandates that the death benefits shall include the
awarding of P200,000 to the beneficiaries on the first year
of implementation of the proposed law and the insurance
coverage shall also include hospitalization and medical
expenses of the injured beneficiary until his/her recovery
notwithstanding benefits provided for by the Government
Security and Insurance System (GSIS) or any institution
granting the same to the insured.
The bill, which is expected to be passed on final reading
come resumption of session in October, provides that the
insurance coverage shall commence from the time the insured
is exposed to any election-related risk.
The coverage starts from, but not limited to, the
acquisition of election paraphernalia and it shall be
terminated upon proper turn-over of the same to the
appropriate receiving officer or until any election-related
risk is no longer present, the bill states.
The measure also provides that the Commission on Elections
(Comelec) shall pay the corresponding premium to be
determined by the Government Service Insurance System.