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Voters urged on use of PCOS machine

Iloilo City (15 March) -- Former Ambassador to the Vatican and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) national chairperson Henrietta de Villa advised voters to adapt to the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine in the 2010 elections.

"Do not be afraid of the PCOS machine, that?s only a machine," De Villa quipped, addressing the participants of the 4th Msgr. Jose Buenaflor Memorial Media Forum held during the weekend here.

De Villa was the guest speaker at the forum facilitated by the Katekismo sa Kahanginan Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Jaro. The forum focused on the role of the media, the community of believers and the PPCRV in making the 2010 elections clean and credible and in encouraging voters to take active roles in getting themselves educated on the country?s first ever automated elections.

"You are the ones who will run it (PCOS machine) and will determine what comes out of the machine," De Villa said, and added "That?s automation."

De Villa gave the participants to the forum updates on the advocacies of PPCRV for clean, orderly and credible elections and explained the role of the organization and other sectors in the May 10, 2010 elections.

De Villa also exhorted the participants composed of PPCRV volunteers, members of the media, academe, catechists and other sectors to vote wisely by going over the candidates and their platforms of government and records.

The media forum, now on its fourth year, is a tri-media apostolate founded by the late Msgr. Jose B. Buenaflor, the first priest to put up a sustaining tri-media apostolate in the Archdiocese. The memorial media forum is a tribute to his efforts.

The PPCRV advocacy jives with the voters? education campaign launched by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to teach voters especially on the use of the PCOS machine.

The COMELEC also has started training members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) on the automated elections.

The COMELEC regional office here said the BEIs will be helping people vote using the PCOS machine on election day. (PIA 6) [top]

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