By Patricia de Leon
Rogelio Roasa is a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) certifier. He he gives certifications to members of the Board of Election Inspectors who are qualified to operate the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
In the 2010 elections, he certified teachers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao who were training to be part of the board of election inspectors.
"In 2010, dost was still in its infancy in handling certification process," he said. "But of course, through our experience then, we are more competent now."
Under Comelec rules, at least one of the three election inspectors in every precinct must know how to operate the PCOS machines.
In line with this, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) kicked off its training for DOST certifiers in Metro Manila.
DOST National Capital Region Director Teresita Fortuna said the training is more of a refresher for the certifiers. That's because at least 60 percent of DOST employers are former certifiers. But Fortuna said the Comelec wants to makes sure that they still remember the right procedure.
Around 52 DOST-NCR certifiers are currently undergoing training given by the Comelec.
Most of these certifiers are information technology (IT( experts or at least have IT backgrounds.
A total of 15,018 election inspectors for NCR will be trained by the Comelec and then given written and practical examinations in the operation of PCOS machines.
DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña said some 400 DOST certifiers will undergo the PCOS machine training. And they, in turn, will train around 155,000 teachers nationwide for the automated mid-term elections.
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