Comelec Advisory Council prepped up for 2016 polls PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2014 15:21

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have re-organized the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) in preparation for the upcoming May 2016 national and local elections.

New members from the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) professional organizations were added to bolster the Council’s technical capacity.

The Advisory Council is to be made up of nine members from the academe, non-government electoral reform organizations, ICT professional organizations and select government agencies.

New faces on the council include that of Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Dr. John Paul C. Vergara of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections(LENTE).

Mr. Dondi O. Mapa is the official representative of Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines and (ITAP) ITAP while, Mr. Angel S. Averia Jr. is for the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PHCERT) are also among the new members of the CAC.

Former CAC members who kept their positions as representatives of their respective organizations were Undersecretary Alberto T. Muyot of the Department of Education, Professor Rommel P. Feria of the University of the Philippines, and Mr. George Kintanar of the Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF).

In a statement, Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre of the DOST ICT Office, Chairman of the COMELEC Advisory Council said he is confident that the Council will be able to fulfill its mandate.

“Our focus in the selection process for CAC members was focused on the nominee’s technical competencies particularly in IT Systems Design, Software and Hardware Design as well as knowledge of the electoral process and Electoral Law. With constantly improving technologies, we intend to recommend the most appropriate for our current situation; furthermore we intend to totally eliminate security issues while maintaining transparency in the electoral process,” Casambre said.

Under the Election Automation Law (RA 9369), the Advisory Council’s main task is to “recommend the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the Automated Election System (AES).”

Casambre said the CAC has already invited various technology providers to present information on available technologies on Automated Elections Systems.

An AES technology trade fair is currently being organized to evaluate AES technologies available.

The result of this activity will serve as input for the CAC prior to submitting is recommendations to the COMELEC.