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All systems go for PCOS
NegOr deployment today

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

It’s all systems go for today’s deployment of the automated machines to their destinations in Negros Oriental, the Philippine National Police provincial office said yesterday.

But, while four-wheeled vehicles are being used by the official cargo forwarder of the Commission on Elections to deliver the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, other modes of transports are being eyed for distant voting areas, Supt. Alet Virtucio, PNP deputy provincial director, said.

The “habal-habal”, a single motorcycle-for-hire, is being eyed as an alternative delivery means for remote and inaccessible barangays, Virtucio said.

Virtucio, however, could not tell yet say how many “habal-habal” units are to be mobilized.

In case “habal-habal” units are employed, police security escorts will board separate motorcycles as they are not allowed to take hold of the PCOS machines, Virtucio said.

The simultaneous deployment of the PCOS machines will begin at 7 a.m. today from the provincial office of 2GO in Looc, Dumaguete, with at least six delivery vehicles for the three congressional districts, he also said.

The schedule assigns one vehicle for each cluster, which are: San Jose, Amlan, Tanjay and Pamplona; Bais City and Mabinay; Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud and La Libertad; Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, and Canlaon City; and a bigger vehicle for all the areas in the 3rd district, comprising Valencia, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Bayawan and Basay, he added.

Police security escorts in marked vehicles will convoy delivery.

Meanwhile, a motorboat will also be used to deliver the PCOS machines to Olympia Island in Bais City, Virtucio said.

A total of 1,076 PCOS machines for the same number of clustered voting precincts in Negros Oriental will be sent out today for the final field testing Wednesday and to the polling places by the weekend.*JFP

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