By: MPDC Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr. & Virgel Morales
In preparation for the first-ever automated national and local elections on May 10, 2010 the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) conducted a road show presentation of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) Machine to the invited participants coming from different sectors of the municipality. The activity was held at Alegria Municipal Development Training Center on March 1, 2010 with attendance from local and national agencies, municipal candidates of political parties, barangay officials, municipal officials and employees with NGO’s and PO’s participation.
The massive information phase of the new election process in the Philippines was introduced to the participants by Atty. Geraldine C. Samson, the Provincial Election Supervisor of Surigao del Norte. She introduced the PCOS machine and its function during the day of election. She further explained that the PCOS machine is powered by Smartmatic-TIM, a privately owned multinational company that designs and deploys end-to-end custom technology solutions to enable government agencies and large enterprises to fulfill their mission with utmost proficiency. It scans or takes picture of the ballots and interprets the picture. It has the power to capture signals and transmit data to the server for a faster election results.
While Atty. Novern Irish A. Pasco, Election Officer III of COMELEC Surigao City conducted the hands on demonstration on how to operate the PCOS machine and how the voter shall correctly handle the ballot to the machine. Mock exercise of voting was conducted and it was a successful activity.
Meanwhile, according to Alegria Municipal Election Officer Mrs. Erlinda L. Plaza, there are 9,507 registered voters this coming May 10, 2010 elections with 16 merged precincts throughout municipality. There will be one (1) PCOS machine in every precinct.