Some 2,382 public school teachers in Negros Oriental Dep Ed division are now “poll-ready” as election board of inspectors after fresh and refresher trainings were done by the DOST and Comelec on how to handle , record and transmit election returns the fastest and most accurate way possible.
The Commission on Elections in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology Provincial Science and Technology Center here trained and certified 2,382 public school teachers or Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) who will serve in the coming May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections.
DOST is mandated by law to implement the certification program as per Republic Act No. 8436 and amended by Republic Act No. 9369 stated as follows “Where AES (Automated Election System) shall be adopted, at least one member of the Board of Election Inspectors shall be an information technology-capable person, who is trained or certified by the DOST to use the AES.” The said certification process has two stages: the written examination and practical examination. Both exams should be passed by each BEI in order to be certified by the DOST.
COMELEC trained the BEIs on the first day which included comprehensive discussions on general instructions, policies and guidelines during final testing and sealing (FTS) and election day, and identification and operation of the Vote Counting Machine (VCM). They will be tested and certified by the DOST the next day. The training and certification for Negros Oriental was conducted on March 4-16, 2019 clustered in six separate batches in two venues: Manhattan Suites Inn and Southview Hotel in Banilad, Dumaguete City.
COMELEC acting provincial election supervisor for Negros Oriental Atty. Eliseo R.Z.B Labaria deployed 80 VCMs for the training and certification activities. More than 1100 VCMs will be used all over the province during FTS and election day. Teachers under the Department of Education will once again serve as BEIs for the coming elections.–Sean Adrian T. Guardiano/Negros Oriental PSTC S&T Media Service