Freight forwarders given four days to deliver PCOS machines to polling centers

March 12, 2010 11:38 pm 

MANILA, March 12 – The Commission on Election (Comelec) has given freight forwarders three to four days to deliver the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from the city/municipality to the polling centers all over the country in time for the May 10, 2010 national and local polls.

Amalia Zoleta, Argo Forwarders vice president for marketing, said that under a contract, the company has to deliver the machines to the polling centers from May 3 to May 6.

Argo was tasked to deliver a total of 35,144 machines in Visayas and Mindanao areas.

“We have to deliver the machines from May 3 to 6 to the different polling centers in the VisMin areas,” she said.

The Argo official said that failure to deliver the machines would result to the payment of a fee, which is stipulated in the contract.

Zoleta said that starting April 13, the firm would transport the more than 35,000 machines from the warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna to their respective hubs located in the two regions.

The hubs are located in the following regions: Region 6, Iloilo, Roxas City and Bacolod; Region 7, Cebu, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete; Region 8, Tacloban; Region 9 Zamboanga City and Dipolog; Region 10, Ozamis City and Cagayan de Oro; Region 11, Davao; Region 12, General Santos City; CARAGA, Butuan and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato and Zamboanga.

She said that they were presently conducting surveys in all the provinces to be able to determine on how many hours or days they need to be able to finish the delivery for the particular area since they had been informed that there was one area, Tapas, Aklan where they had to cross 32 creeks to reach the place.

Since they will be delivering to far-flung areas and to ensure that the machines are safe and secured, they have asked Smartmatic-Total Information Management to make sure that the machines are packed securely.

“We informed Smartmatic to double the packing, to double the plastic cover to make it safe lalo na sa pagdeliver in island provinces, island municipalities and island barangays,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ireneo Padrigon, executive assistant of Germalin Enterprises, the one in charge to deliver the machines in the National Capital Region said, the firm had not encountered any problem in the delivery of the machines.

Padrigon said that more than 7,000 machines would be stored in the company hub located in Tandang Sora, Quezon City before they would be delivered to the polling centers days before the May polls.

The other company that was tasked to deliver machines for the Luzon area is Ace Logistics.

More than 76,000 machines will be utilized in the country’s first ever automated elections in May 2010. (PNA)

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