NPO assured there will be no power interruption during the printing of the ballots

January 28, 2010 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Manila Electric Company has assured the National Printing Office (NPO) that it will not experience power interruption when it starts printing on January 31 the more than 50 million ballots to be used in the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.

NPO Director Servando Hizon said the Meralco assured them of adequate power supply during the printing of the ballots, which would take 60 to 70 days to be completed.

There are four Versamark 400 machines that would make the ballots. The multimillion-peso worth Kodak-made machines were purchased from Switzerland by consortium Smartmatic-TIM. Each machine can produce 200,000 ballots per day.

For his part, Joe Zaldarriaga, Meralco’s external communications manager, assured that the printing of the ballots will not be interrupted.

“Naka-tag na sila (NPO) that they will not experience power interruptions,” he said, adding that they will also deploy crews to specifically guarantee the continued flow of electricity in the NPO.

Aside from ensuring power reliability, Hizon said they will intensify the security in and out of the NPO compound.

At present, there are 64 security personnel guarding the NPO 24 hours, seven days a week. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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