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DOST certifies 800 NVizcaya BEIs for poll deployment

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (March 23) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has certified some 800 Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) here for deployment in the forthcoming May 2010 elections in the province.

The 800 BEIs have successfully passed the 10-day orientation training on poll automation conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the DOST as part of their overall preparatory activities for the coming May 2010 elections.

Hilda Padilla, assistant provincial COMELEC supervisor said the 800 BEIs who have successfully passed the training will be deployed to serve at least 400 clustered precincts where some 234,398 voters will cast their votes in the province in May this year.

She said the successful trainees were issued with certificates from the DOST trainors to enable them operate the PCOS machines during the conduct of the May 2010 polls.

The BEIs' training were conducted from March 8 to 18 at the Villamargarita Resort, Banaue Resort and Shanelle Inn in this town headed by lawyers Abaraham Asuncion, provincial COMELEC supervisor, Fidel Santos, Wilma Bindinon and election officer Romeo Parungao of Villaverde town.

"We are happy to say that they have passed their required training. Contrary to allegations that those who fail after the training will put the poll automation in peril is not the real situation because evethough they fail in the written examination, the actual hands-on training will still determine their performance," she stressed.

Padilla said the components of the training are the general instruction on the automated elections and the operations of the Precinct Count Optical Scan(PCOS) machine which includes actual hands-on manipulation supervised by the Department of Science and Technology(DOST)-certified trainors.

"Right now, we are conducting public demonstrations on the operations of the PCOS to public, private and local government institutions because the PCOS machines will be returned in Manila after this month," Padilla explained.

She said most of the organizations and institutions who have received demonstrations on the PCOS machines are schools, clergy, Philippine National Police(PNP) and local government units.

"After this, we will be distributing instructional manuals to our voters for their information, education and understanding on the upcoming poll automation," Padilla said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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