BEIs told to draw their allowances with Land Bank over-the-counter

DAGUPAN CITY — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has advised members of Elections Inspectors (BEIs) to draw their allowance over-the-counter from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) branches, instead of withdrawing the same on-line using the cash cards earlier issued them.

San Carlos City Elections Officer Ericson Oganiza, speaking during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here on Thursday said per advisory of the Comelec central office, members of BEIs must undertake over-the-counter withdrawal from Land Bank in order to get their respective allowances for the rendered services during the May 9 elections.

Issued with the cash cards were the BEI chairman as well as his or her two poll clerks who were all on duty in every clustered precinct during the May 9 election.

Oganiza said some BEIs claimed that they were not able to get anything when they withdrew their money using their cash cards as the same were not not allegedly funded.

However, Oganiza said that when he and his two fellow election officers from Pangasinan verified this with their main office on Wednesday, they were told that the cash cards were funded but the only problem that cropped up was the failure of on-line transaction which he blamed on the systems provider.

He said failure in transaction could have been due to the constant machine off-line as noted by many members of the BEI in Dagupan who tried to withdraw their money from Land Bank.

“This is the reason why beginning Wednesday, I advised members of BEIs in my area to get their money already deposited with Land Bank over-the-counter instead of getting it on-line through their cash cards,” he added. PNA/