- Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:32 am
- By Aileen Garcia-Yap (Reporter,Cebu Daily News)
CEBU’S robust construction industry has prompted an equipment supplier company to expand their base in Cebu and open a much bigger facility in Consolacion, Cebu.
In an interview last week, RMD Kwikform division operations director Ian Hayes said that they are seeing the Philippines as a fast growth market for their company specifically Manila and Cebu being the two fastest growing areas in the country today.
“We started operations here in the Philippines since 1997 and expanded in Cebu in 2001 in a smaller area in Mabolo, Cebu City,” said Engr. Warel D. Demaisip, RMD Kwikform manager for southern region.
Hayes said that since they opened in the country, they saw the biggest growth in 2007 which registed 300 percent growth in terms of revenues.
Cebu is part of the southern region group and is considered their hub for all their operations in other key cities like Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo.
“Because of the robust growth we had especially here in Cebu where construction is experiencing a boom, we have opened a much bigger facility here in Tayud, Consolacion. The area is bigger than the old one which was only 1,500 square meters. Here we have a total of 6,000 square meters,” said Demaisip.
RMD Kwikform is a global construction equipment supplier that provides rentals for formworks and falseworks with presence in 22 countries around the world.
Creative industry bats for acknowledgment, support from gov't
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am
- By Grace Melanie I. Lacamiento/JMD (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The creative industries sector, particularly the arts and culture, is seen to be a double-growth driver of the national and local economy once given the proper acknowledgement and ample support by the government.
This is according to Kaloy Uypuangco, well-renowned production designer of the leading home-grown Above the Line Productions for films like My Paranormal Romance, Dili Ingon Nato and Bourne Legacy.
He said that the creative industries sector, which is an underserved market, should be worthy of the government's support since they are also responsible of their tax obligations as industry players.
He added that it is high time to have a revolutionized approach for the arts and culture to propel the national economy further and be known globally.
In a survey of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the creative sector in the Philippines accounted a contribution of 5.2 percent of the total country's gross domestic product or about to US$592 million.
In 2008, Cebu was dubbed as the Creative City in the Philippines while it was named as the first-ever Asean City of Culture in Asia in July 2011.
Uypuangco further noted that there is the common misconception of the contribution of the arts and culture sector to the society since they are seen not to be revenue-earning even if it is the other way around.
"They don't get it, they don't seem to care," he added.
Aside from the rich culture and history in the country, he said that the country is also abundant in terms of creative design, tourism, new media and other sustainable resources.
Unlike in other countries that even compete to attract film enthusiasts, he said that the Philippines does not have a systematic avenue where to acquire permit to shoot and pay certain fees and taxes.
Uypuangco then recommended the establishment of a film commission where local and international filmmakers could be provided with the list of ideal locations they need for shooting purposes and be given the right assistance they deserve.
He also suggested that the government put up movie houses dedicated for independent cinemas, art houses, libraries, museums and galleries, among others, as a means of support to the creative industries.
For instance, he said, the Cebu International Convention Center could house art galleries and exhibits for local artists.
He cited that countries worthy to be emulated include Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Europe, and United States wherein the industry players of the creative sector are protected by the government.
"We just hope that the Philippine government would focus on the arts and culture. That's it," he concluded.
Uypuangco serves as a mentor of the University of the Visayas School of New Media and Design (UVNS) that recently launched its one-year flagship program for visual design and digital filmmaking that will start next month.
5,000 jobs up for grabs at Megaworld job fair
- Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00 am
- By Ehda M. Dagooc /JMD (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - At least 5,000 jobs will be made available by the country’s biggest residential condominium developer and business process outsourcing (BPO) landlord Megaworld during the one-day job fair set on June 1, 2013.
In a press conference held over the weekend, Megaworld first vice president Jericho Go announced that jobs will be available to Cebuanos to fill in the growing number of tenants of Mactan Newtown specifically the BPO companies.
Aside from the requirement of two big BPO companies, the Results Manila and Infra USA, the job fair will also need other skills like in sales, hospitality, administrative and human resources.
“This event is part of our commitment to job generation for Lapu-Lapu City and the entire province of Cebu. Along with our corporate partners, we are excited to get the best talents of Cebu to work here and enjoy the township lifestyle that Megaworld has to offer in the Mactan Newtown,” said Go.
According to Go, the job fair that will be needing at least 5,000 workforce is just the start of the development’s job requirement, as tenants of the P20 billion mixed-use development that promotes live-work-play development formula.
New entrant to BPO sector in Cebu the Results Manila and Infra USA are occupying the four levels of One World Center, the township’s first office tower.
Other big names in the BPO and information technology sector, and existing tenants of Megaworld’s development projects in Manila like Accenture, IBM, WNS, and several others expressed interest to locate at The Mactan Newtown, Go said.
“Since we announced the construction of our second office tower in February, these two first-time locators in Cebu have already expressed their interest in expanding their presence in our development. This is why they are aggressive in hiring new and veteran talents in the BPO industry,” he said.
Mactan Newtown’s second office tower, Two World Center, is set to be completed by first half of 2014. It will offer 7,274 square meters of gross leasable area.
“We have steady pipeline of office space from now to 2015,” he said, emphasizing that while its project in Cebu is planning to expand the land area within the 20-hectare development, Megaworld continues to cement its leadership as the largest BPO landlord in the Philippines.
He said aside from the BPO companies, Megaworld Corporation is also participating in the job fair as it expands its sales and marketing teams in Cebu. Other companies such as Resorts World Manila and Golden Arches Development Corporation, master franchise of McDonald’s Philippines, are also hiring more workers from the province.
“There’s still a big portion of untapped talent here in Lapu-Lapu City which we simply cannot ignore. Their ardor can be harnessed to elevate Mactan’s status as the next business hub in Central Visayas,” said Go.
The Mactan Newtown, with its more than 20-hectare land area, had been declared as the “mixed-use special economic zone for technology, tourism and retirement” by President Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation No. 407 last year.
This P20-billion development is inspired by Megaworld’s pioneering “live-work-play” platform, the same successful concept that built Eastwood City, Forbestown Center, McKinley Hill and Newport City.
Aside from The Mactan Newtown, the company is also building a 74-hectare township in Iloilo City, the Iloilo Business Park, which is envisioned to be the biggest business park in Western Visayas.
Aside from BPO and residential condominiums, The Mactan Newtown will also be hosting hotels like the soon opening Richmond Hotel in the area.
PNG students pursue further studies in Cebu
- Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:00 am
- (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The world-class education that Cebu offers has once again been recognized as ten students from Papua New Guinea arrived on May 13 to study in the established universities in Cebu.
Among the students who aspire to finish a degree include: Tahala Singham, Lorraine Angham, Hebou Kedea, Jason Lokani, Wayne Joe, Napolean Ilofa, Lloyd Sphinx Simango, Melvin Tonneman, Greg Tonneman, and Eddie Steven Wak.
“I am very much interested to study here in the Philippines, that’s why I have decided to come here and take up Mechanical Engineering at the University of San Carlos. After graduating, I plan to go back to my country and work for the people of PNG,” said Wayne Joe of Yalibu, Southern Highlands, PNG.
The PNG students know about Cebu through the Paradise International Education Consultancy (PIEC). The Filipino education placement agency based in Cebu is actively promoting Cebu education and its entirety to different parts of the world. PIEC provides PNG students the opportunity to take advantage of the world-class education offered by schools in the Philippines. The agency can enroll students in high school or university.
The students have chosen from a variety of university studies in the fields of architecture, arts, sciences, health care professions, business & economics, educations, engineering and information technology, and more.
PIEC has students enrolled at University of San Carlos, University of Cebu, Cebu Doctor's University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Indiana Aerospace University.
Through PIEC’s facilitation services, per student all-inclusive annual expenses are K20,000 to K25,000, which includes education placement, orientation, study skills seminars, visa assistance, tutoring and pastoral care, organizing accommodation, and managing students’ finances.
The company has more than 100 students availing of these services and continues to accept applicants.
Pavilion of memories
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
- By Arch’t. Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, UAP
IN architecture, a pavilion could have more than one meaning.
One, it refers to a projecting part of a long building façade, usually emphasized by elaborate decorations or greater height such us in some government buildings.
But most people often conjure the typical image of this building type as “a small, often ornamental building in a garden” (defined by Francis Ching in his book A Visual Dictionary of Architecture). And it is in this second line of definition that the new pavilion inside Oakridge Business Park treads upon.
The second pavilion inside the business park in Mandaue, opened December last year in response to the increasing demand for more venues for different events here in the metro. This is bigger than the first that they had and is geared toward providing an additional space for more social functions to be held within this work and relaxation “haven.”
In the absence of a big and legitimate convention facility here in Cebu (one that could be compared to the likes of the Philippine International Convention Center and the SMX Convention Center in Manila), the Oakridge pavilion can patch the demand for such places.
The 1,200-square-meter air-conditioned permanent tent structure can be further subdivided depending on the volume of people attending a particular event, which ranges from “corporate” like conventions or “social” like weddings. In a theater seating set-up, the whole building could accommodate 1,500 people while around 800 people can be accommodated in functions that would require tables.
In buildings such as this one, a spacious entrance space is a must. An improvement from the first pavilion, this new structure has a more defined drop-off area for guests from their cars. The lobby is also a good place to linger before entering the bigger function hall, while waiting for the event.
The highlight of course is the function hall. Expansive with a nine-meter ceiling height, the interior is made dramatic by dressing up the walls and ceiling with drapes that act as a canvass for the desired feel inside. The lights actually do the work, which is a plus for event organizers who would worry less about bulky backdrops and props for their programs.
But what is a pavilion without its garden setting? Well, there is a landscaped outdoor area at one side of the pavilion that could serve as an extension for larger functions.
The success of buildings intended for big gatherings can be gauged mainly in: its accessibility within the urban area; the capability of its spaces to efficiently cater to the needs of different events and activities; and to provide ease and comfort to its users. The pavilion at Oakridge is testament to this sensitivity to the ever-changing needs in the hosting of events. A successful event creates an almost indelible memory in people who became part of it.
Apart from that, buildings like these, along with convention centers, theaters, arenas and stadiums can be effective reflectors of the community’s identity and culture.
Cebu looks forward to more than just quaint pavilions but bigger venues for memorable events that are not just especially functional, like the one in Oakridge, but also one that would project a strong and lasting Cebuano aura.
- Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 am
- By Grace Melanie I. Lacamiento /JOB (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - Along with the booming tourism industry in Cebu, a consultancy firm introduced its property and hospitality management solutions that could enable local players to deliver more efficient and effective services to their high-value customers.
Push Technologies Int’l, Inc. (PTI), country manager Koh Kuan Sing said that Cebu, which is rich in attractive hotels and resorts, should adopt innovative solutions that could streamline the operations of the industry, thus taking the country’s growing tourism business to the next level.
Considering the hospitality sector as a customer-centric industry, he said that industry-related companies especially those situated in the countryside should ensure loyalty and repeat business from their clients through better services and process-oriented operations.
Sing cited that IFCA Software Hospitality Management System offers a wide range of tools to help businesses organize their operations from front end to back end financial accounting, better control and management of data and easy access to customer data.
IFCA integrated e-business multi-hotel management solution is a product of combined efforts of 200 IFCA software engineers and industry consultants based on more than 20 years of hotel industry experience and close to 300 hotel requirements worldwide.
It is a state-of-the-art fully integrated web-based solution covering hotel operations, enterprise group services and e-commerce portal platforms.
As the sole distributor of IFCA Software, PTI offers services that address the needs of real estate, rental, residential, construction, hotels, resorts and club memberships.
It provides world-class specialized consultancy, industry collaboration and globally-competitive business process automation.
With its continuous efforts of innovating and providing solutions to persistent business demands, the company recently held a free seminar-workshop on product update and software development in Cebu.
Formerly known as IFCA Consulting Group, PTI has gradually grown with its more than 120 local clients on integrated hospitality, property development, construction, loan, financial and customer relationship management industries.
As an IBM Business Partner and HP Solution Partner over the years, PTI is now considered as one of the leading enterprise software providers in Malaysia and Asia.
With new elected leaders, business sector hopes for stronger PPPs
- Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 am
- By Grace Melanie I. Lacamiento /JOB (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - Local frontrunners of the Cebu business community commended this year’s relatively peaceful elections and lauded the political maturity of citizens and expressed hope for a stronger public-private partnership in the years ahead.
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) president Philip Tan said that the new set of government officials should involve the private sector with the legislation and implementation of policy directions in the country.
“The time has come for us to work together and come up with a common agenda. The government has to work with us to take full advantage of our Gross Domestic Product. We will not allow any politician to destroy the remarkable economic growth of the country,” he said.
He added that government leaders should be able to understand the economic enterprise system and support the thrusts of the business sector who are composed of regular tax payers.
“Majority of the electorate have decided. They have to set aside the differences of their political parties and focus on the common good of the general welfare especially the business sector,” he continued.
Aside from the electorate becoming more intelligent voters, Tan also lauded the modernization of the election system in the Philippines that resulted to minimal problems, less complains and higher accuracy although not absolute.
He further said that the newly-elected officials should be careful of their performance and see to it they are efficient enough in serving the public or else the latte who may be dissatisfied, might decide not to re-elect the former.
Robert Go, director of the Philippine Retailers Association – Cebu Chapter, commended the improvement of the Philippine elections with the utilization of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and automated counting that resulted to quick voting results and minimal eradication of cheating contrary to the manual counting during the previous years.
Go is also the owner of the Prince Warehouse retail chain with around 40,000 sari-sari store members.
He said that further growth and development in Cebu will be expected, hoping for a wiser financial budget of public funds and accomplishments of projects of the local government.
He cited in particular the total completion of the river clean-up to prevent floods during rainy season, full repair of roads and infrastructure repairs, resolution of traffic and transportation problems, accomplishment of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project by 2016, and the reconstruction of the Carbon Market after more than ten years.
He added that government leaders should consider tourism industry as the primary driver of the regional growth and prioritize the livability of Cebu as a competitive edge among other cities in the world.
“In the next three years, we will continue to see unprecedented growth of Gross Domestic Product in the level of seven percent and that would translate to a lot of improvement in the lives of the Filipino people. We just hope to convert that to higher per capita income for the ordinary masses,” he said.
He also applauded the political maturity of Filipinos taking into account the reports of less violence and cheating for this election season.
“The voice of the people has been heard and so is the result of the election. We have more surprises on the local level where we see the underdogs are winning. It seems people wanted change,” Go continued.
With less red tape and the continued fight against graft and corruption, he said that the enabling business environment in the Philippines shall attract more local and foreign investments that will eventually provide employment opportunities to the countryside.
“We hope that the public-private partnership shall continue and will be strengthened. We are on our way and Cebu's business has always been as bullish as before. Our next three years will be exciting. I think Cebu province, as a whole, will be in good hands,” he told The FREEMAN.
Filipino-Cebuano Business Club Inc. (FCBI) president Rey Calooy considered the results of last Monday’s polls as a good start for reform to entice more investors into the country.
“It was a fairly peaceful election, people casted their own choices. Little by little, we can foresee political reforms. As we observe, many political kingpins lost and have been replaced with new names even some of them did not have enough resources,” he stated.
He advised that those who have lost should willingly accept defeat and prepare for the next round of elections instead while engaging themselves in running their own businesses.
He also cited that for those who have achieved victory should try being an “entrepreneurial” politician who is focused on creating more businesses to generate more job, increase the spending capacity and improve the lives of Filipinos.
Calooy who is also known as the “Iron Man of Cebu” won as the vice mayor in his town in Libagon, Southern Leyte under the Liberal Party.
FCBI serves as a business organization of micro, small and medium enterprises in Cebu and other neighboring provinces such as Bohol and Leyte.
15 defective CF cards delay proclamation
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
- By AJ de la Torre and Mylen P. Manto/JPM (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) is hoping to proclaim all winners by this afternoon after taking a recess from the transmission and canvassing yesterday.
This was after learning that 15 municipalities and cities would not be able to transmit results due to defective Compact Flash (CF) cards.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Supervisor Eddie Aba decided to take the advice of the whole board to take a recess since the malfunctioning CF cards needed to be replaced with new ones that had to be shipped from Manila.
Aba said yesterday the CF cards that are expected to arrive today are for the towns of Tuburan, Sibonga, San Remigio, Ronda, Naga, Dalaguete, San Francisco, Alcoy, Badian, Balamban, Catmon, Compostela and Carmen as well as for the cities of Mandaue and Danao.
Reconfigured CF cards were initially shipped for three other cities and towns, namely; Bogo, Sta. Fe and Carcar.
Prior the decision of the PBOC to call a recess, the canvassing was at 62 percent.
With the defective CF cards, the Comelec was delayed in their proclamation for more than a day. Comelec-7 Regional Director Temie Lambino said that in his timeframe, proclamation for local candidates could have been done by evening of May 13.
Aba explained though that with Comelec Resolution 9700 that was released yesterday, municipal and city board of canvassers can proclaim winning candidates even if there are still clustered precincts that have not been transmitted yet as long as they can determine that the remaining votes will not affect the results.
According to the resolution, the Boards of Canvassers may proclaim the winning candidates based on the Grouped Canvass Report generated from the Consolidation and Canvassing System even if all the results are not received provided that the votes that have not yet been transmitted would not surpass the lead of the winning candidate.
In Bogo city for example, Election Officer Michael Angelo Sarno explained to The Freeman that they could not transmit yet since they had two defective CF cards. But he said that since one mayoral candidate was leading with sufficient votes, then they may have to proclaim today.
At 3:30 a.m. yesterday, the Cebu Provincial Canvassing Center received the first transmitted result coming from the municipality of Aloguinsan. It was almost nine hours since the voting was closed. In the 2010 National Election, the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) received the first transmitted result at around 1:00 a.m.
The delay was reportedly due to the problems in the transmission of votes.
Aloguinsan has 18,327 registered voters and 14,888 numbers of actual voters. This was followed by the municipality of Argao at 4:09 a.m. with 42,438 registered voters and 35,992 numbers of actual voters.
Next, was the municipality of Liloan at 4:45 a.m. with 53,585 registered voters and 44,332 numbers of actual voters. At 4:47 a.m., the municipality of Samboan with 12,165 registered voters and 10,530 numbers of actual voters.
Then results from Madridejos came at 4:50 a.m. with 23,583 registered voters and 16,306 numbers of actual voters.
As of May 13 up to yesterday, the board of canvassers had a recess four times.
Also yesterday, acting governor Agnes Magpale together with her counsel and her family visited the Social Hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol at 5:00 a.m. to check whether the canvassing had started. But the board was on recess so they immediately left.
Davide overtakes Garcia in Cebu gubernatorial race
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:01 pm
- By Rouchelle R. Dinglasan/BM (GMA News)
Gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III, son of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., has taken the lead in the Cebu gubernatorial race, outpacing the Garcia clan’s Pablo John, who is currently Cebu’s Third District Representative.
With 63.99 percent of the election returns in, Davide garnered 565,008 votes, 152,008 more than the Cebu congressman’s 413,000 votes, according to GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 partial unofficial tally of votes as of 4:46 p.m. Tuesday.
Other gubernatorial bets Klasmit Boyet Cortes and Lito Bulala were scrambling at the tail end having 22,238 and 7,014 votes, respectively.
Meanwhile, suspended Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia has a slim lead in the race for her younger brother’s congressional seat, having 89,749 votes in the Third District race against Geraldine Yapha’s 85,596 votes.
Last December 19, the Department of Interior and Local Government imposed a six-month suspension order on the elder Garcia over an alleged case of abuse of power.
Of five members of the Garcia political clan running in Cebu, only two – Gwendolyn and her son Nelson, running as Dumajug, Cebu mayor—could possibly assume or remain in power, a television report aired at GMA News Tv’s “Balita Pilipinas” noted.
Nelson Garcia is running against Cesar Baricuatro in the Dumajug mayoralty race. Garcia is currently leading, with 8,725 votes compared to Baricuatro’s 7,197 votes, according to GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 partial unofficial count representing 64.7 percent of votes.
DENR-7 gives out close to 5T titles
- Monday, May 13, 2013 12:00 am
- By Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon/FPL (The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-7, through the Land Management Services, has distributed a total of 4,765 land titles in Central Visayas as of last month.
In a report released by LMS, Cebu received 648 agricultural patents and 132 residential patents; Bohol had 3,277 and 326, respectively. Negros Oriental had 113 and 125, while Siquijor got 140 agricultural land titles with four residential patents.
Of the total number of land titles awarded, 4,178 were mainly agricultural lands handed in to farmers in the four provinces while the remaining 587 were all residential free patents.
Isabelo R. Montejo, DENR-7 executive director, said that patent issuance and distribution is a priority program of the agency.
Montejo has directed the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers in the four provinces to strictly observe the required time frame in accepting, processing and releasing of documents to expedite the process.
He added that applications should be acted very promptly in accordance with the existing policies and should not be kept in a drawer and applications with incomplete requirements should be returned immediately with appropriate notifications for the applicant to comply with.
Meanwhile, Montejo reiterated his call to the public to transact only with the authorized personnel and to report immediately any abuses or illegal transactions committed by its personnel particularly on land titling fixing like soliciting a certain amount outside of the required or legal fees
For 2013, the DENR 7 intends to distribute around 22,550 land titles with 19,950 agricultural patents and 2,600 residential patents in the Central Visayas.
Young fiddlers grand recital slated May 19
- Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:00 am
- By Antoinette Gorgonio (Contributor, The Freeman)
CEBU, Philippines - There is a reason to be more fun in Cebu indeed as hundreds of young fiddlers will hit the stage of SM Northwing on May 19, Sunday, at 5 p.m.
This grand recital entitled, A String of Fiddlers, will be the first grand young violinists’ event in Cebu and perhaps in the whole Philippines as nine different music schools come together to create this historical phenomenon. The head teachers of this event are members of the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in coordination with the Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation Incorporated (SPSFI) and its chairman, a world-renowned pianist, Dr. Ingrid Sala Santamaria. Previously, Dr. Ingrid spearheaded Sala Foundation’s Ten-Year Music Orchestra Development Program (1991-2000). The results of this Training and Performance Program were the launching of the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) in 1995, and its evolvement into the Peace Philharmonic Philippines (PPP) in 2000.
From the SPSFI Development Program, hundreds of musicians propelled the purpose of educating the Filipinos with classical music as well as developing the youth in their musical skills. Presently, the alumni of CYSO and PPP have now become professionals in their individual careers yet they are still continuing their passion in teaching music. They have spread across the country and across the globe to share the same purpose and have now gathered back to feature the fruits of their labor in this grand recital.
The participating schools are Music & Me Studio headed by Mr. Rodelio Glodove, Norwena Belocura, Dr. Wayneth Abaiz, Maricel Sevilla and Marie Antoinette Gorgonio; Bella Musica & Violin Discovery headed by Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado, Francis Balo Violin Studio headed by Mr. Francis Balo; Classic Orchestra Music Studio headed by Mr. Reynaldo Abellana, Duyan Child Center Cebu Incorporated headed by Mrs. Imee Alcantara Cruz; Cebu Music Learning Center headed by Dr. Melissa Cipres; Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu headed by Krizmagnum Ibaos; Bridge Music Academy headed by Juliet Jung and 7 Spirit headed by Akihide Noguchi.
Replacement PCOS delivered Friday
- Saturday, May 11, 2013
- By Peter L. Romanillos (Correspondent )
CONTINGENCY units of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were delivered yesterday to various polling precincts of town and cities in Cebu province.
The extra machines will serve as replacements of any units that malfunctioned during the PCOS Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) last Wednesday.
Initally, the Comelec found six PCOS machines that totally malfunctioned during the final testing. .
But to make sure all PCOS machines function well for Monday's vote, the Comelec decided to replace even those with minor glitches.
“Some of these have very minor malfunctions but I want to see to it it that these will be replaced so that we have peace of mind during the elections,” said Eddie Aba, Cebu election supervisor.
He said some of the recalled units were not able to print the election returns while others had defective compact flash (CF) cards.
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