Franklin Q. De Guzman
Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate Lingayen-Dagupan
2 May 2010 -DAGUPAN CITY. Contingent from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan (A LD) inspected the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to be used in some parts of Pangasinan on Sunday.
In a safe warehouse somewhere in Dagupan City, Fr. Oliver Mendoza, the Apostolate Director of the Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate (ASAP) of Lingayen-Dagupan, together with Fr. Allen Romero, PPCRV Lingayen-Daguapan’s (PPCRV LD) Chair and other 3 PPCRV volunteers checked the security of more than 1,000 PCOS machines to be used in the Congressional Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Pangasinan province. The PPCRV group was accompanied by the SMARTMATIC Team led by Col. Magtanggol Halili, the Pangasinan Provincial Security Coordinator.
The inspection is necessary in order to make sure that “the PCOS machines are safe, secured and sealed,” Fr. Mendoza said. “It (PCOS) is the most important equipment that we will be using for this 1st Fully Automated Elections,” he added.
Upon inspection, the PCOS machines are to be found in good order and condition. They (PCOS) are safely stored in a warehouse hidden to the public and they are still unpacked in their plastics, according to the PPCRV contingents.
More than a thousand ballot boxes to be also used during elections were also properly stored in the warehouse along with 1 generator per municipality and 1 battery per PCOS in case of power interruption.
According to Pangasinan Comelec, the PCOS machines are expected to be delivered to each municipal Comelec Offices on May 6. On the following day, the PCOS machines will be delivered to the polling precincts. It (PCOS) will stay there until the end of elections.
The PCOS machines to be used in Pangasinan were delivered on April 26, 2010 by SMARTMATIC Team in three hubs in Pangasinan. Aside from the warehouse in Dagupan which is the largest, other hubs are located somewhere in Urdaneta and Alaminos City.
(Photos from the Facebook account of PPCRV Lingayen-Dagupan)