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PIA Press Release
2010/05/07

Teacher-volunteers are "ready, willing and able" for May 10 polls

Manila (7 May) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that its teacher-volunteers who will serve as Board of Election inspectors (BEI) during the holding of the 2010 national elections on Monday (May 10) are "ready, willing and able" to do their duty.

In a press briefing in Malacaņang this afternoon, DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno said the department as well as its educators are well prepared for the elections, which for the first time is using an automated counting method.

Valisno said the technology that will be used to automatically count the ballots has been in existence for 20 years and has been used by teachers in checking their students' exams that employ optical mark readers (OMR).

"DepEd is ready and prepared. Magandang experience nga ito dahil ang mga educators ay sanay na sanay na dito. Ang paggamit ng OMR, ito ay nagamit na 20 years ago sa mga examinations," Valisno said.

DepEd Undersecretary Franklin Sunga, who was with Valisno for the briefing, said the chosen batch of BEIs have participated as former BEIs in the 2004 and 2007 elections.

"Preference was given to those who served in the last 2004 and 2007 elections so makikita niyo kaagad na experienced itong mga magse-serve sa BEI," Sunga said.

Sunga added the teacher-volunteers have also undergone numerous trainings and orientations held by DepEd and the Commission on Elections (CHED) to properly acquaint themselves with the rudiments of managing automated elections.

"Those who will serve as BEIs have been certified IT (information technology) ?capable by the DoST (Department of Science and Technology)," Sunga said.

"So we are ready, willing and able to serve in the forthcoming May 10 elections," he added. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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