1,600 PCOS machines arrive in Davao

A TOTAL of 1,600 Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines intended for the May 13 midterm elections have been transported to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao region as of Friday.

Comelec regional director Wilfredo Jay Balisado said the PCOS machines are temporarily housed at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) facility in the Davao International Airport (DIA).

"We already have about 1,600 PCOS machines to date, and every day, PCOS machines for the region will be arriving from Manila," Balisado said during a brief press conference prior to the start of Friday’s Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) at the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Camp Catitipan.

He said Air21 is the official forwarder of the PCOS machines and that Comelec-Davao is coordinating with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide security.

"We are now securing the transfer of PCOS machines to the different hubs in the region," police regional director Jaime Morente said.

Last Thursday, several PCOS machines intended for Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao Oriental arrived in Tagum City.

Balisado said they will have the PCOS machines deployed to the different cities and municipalities by April 22.

"So that by May 6, we can actually deploy all the PCOS machines to the polling precincts as mandated by the Comelec," Balisado said.

The Comelec-Davao head said they have to deploy these machines to the polling precincts a week before the electoral exercise for final testing and sealing.

Balisado said they want to avoid what happened back in 2010 when some of the compact flash cards malfunctioned and Comelec officials only had three to four days to fix the problem.

"We have learned our lessons in 2010," Balisado said.
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