THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Davao City and the Davao Light Power Corporation (DLPC) assured the good condition of the polling places and clustered precincts for the automated elections on May 13.
DepEd-Davao City administrative officer Gerard Pil and DLPC community relations manager Vic Sumalinog made the assurance Saturday, during the launching of the Operation E=Champ (elections that is honest accurate, meaningful and peaceful) at the Davao Association of Catholic Schools Inc. (DACS) Training Center in Juna Subdivision.
"DepEd will be making use of its maintenance and other operating expenses to make sure that the schools, which will be the polling places, will be in good condition. We have been going around the different schools that will be used as polling places to identify if there is a need to improve or repair their facilities," Pil said.
He added that their priority will be the repair of lights and the installment of emergency lights so that the voting process will continue.
"There is no assurance yet that there will be no brownouts during the elections since the Department of Energy and other energy stakeholders are currently conducting meetings to address the issue of power supply," Sumalinog said.
"But, for DLPC's part, we are coordinating with DepEd to help them identify if there is a need to fix the lightings and power lines in the polling places," he added.
Sumalinog said they know that the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines can run for 12 hours with its independent power supply, "but the important thing is there should be light in the polling places so that the voting process will be expedited."
He also said they will be on full alert during elections in cases of brownouts so that they will be able to fix any power lines that may have been damaged.
"In fact, we have also provided Comelec the contact numbers of available electricians that are near the polling places so that they could call them and the electricians could easily respond," Sumalinog said.
The DepEd-Davao City and DLPC have identified a total of 1,162 polling precincts with 271 polling places.