LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Councilor Robert Namoro, Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president here, said an information campaign for voters is set next month.

Namoro said the campaign is geared towards those who are still ignorant on how to vote using the new automation method.

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Namoro said the 16 barangays will have a chance to get more information on the automated polls starting February.

Namorao said the league of barangays as well as the local government unit has allotted funds for the voters' education. "Some people are still scared to vote because of automation, they think they will [have to] operate the machines," he said.

In the Valley, the largest barangays by land area are Wangal (1,116 hectares), Puguis (1,021.82 hectares), and Alno (958.35 hectares), the smallest barangay is Cruz (56.69 hectares).

There is about P80,000 allotted for the campaign with an additional P5,000 to be given by each barangay.

"The respective barangays will also have their general assembly during this time," Namoro said.

Namoro said for the education drive, no precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine to be used because there is only one machine for the whole region to use for the demonstrations.

"But we may be able to get the machine at one time for a demonstration."

The ABC president said the PCOS machines to be used by technicians will be used for counting and not for actual voting. (Maria Elena Catajan)