DepEd ready with poll monitoring apps

A voter looks for his name on the voters’ list at a polling place in Malaybalay City during the barangay election on May 14, 2018. MindaNews file photo by ARIES SANDINO M. MORDENO

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — The regional and division offices of the Department of Education (DepEd) will lead in the rollout of Facebook Workplace and election monitoring apps ahead of the May 13 midterm elections.

This came after Undersecretary Alain Del Bustamante Pascua, who supervises DepEd’s Administrative Service directed the ICT Service and all regional and division IT officers to assist all the concerned offices from the central to school levels.

Pascua said Wednesday the Commission on Elections has authorized them to roll out and use the Facebook Workplace and DepEd election monitoring apps to ensure compliance of the latter’s personnel with their election duties.

He said this is in accordance with DepEd Memorandum No. 052 series of 2019 which establishes the 2019 DepEd Election Task Force.

To use the Facebook Workplace app, DepEd personnel should register at Workplace using their personal DepEd email addresses. The app would serve as the official communication platform.

“The Information Technology Officers (ITOs) will be assisting all concerned in the creation of resetting of their DepEd email addresses, and in registering at Workplace,” Pascua said.

Teachers and personnel serving in the Electoral Boards (EBs)and the members of the Election Task Forces  can download the monitoring apps starting on May 10 at

Pascua said the monitoring apps will be used to answer queries, and file reports on incidents before and after the May 13 national and local polls.

“The success of the monitoring of the elections vis-a-vis the immediate and appropriate response on welfare, working conditions, honoraria and allowances, including other DepEd related issues and concerns would greatly depend of the timely utilization of the monitoring application,” he said. (Mart Sambalud/MindaNews)