Comelec-Davao to hire IT students in May polls


DAVAO CITY, Feb. 10 (PNA) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here will seek the services of Information Technology (IT) students for the May 13 elections following the shortage of manpower from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Comelec-Davao Region lawyer Danilo Cullo said Sunday they would be sending letters to tertiary schools in the metropolis for its recruitment.

Cullo said the recruitment protocol stemmed from the memorandum issued by the Manpower Pooling Group (MPG) of Comelec-Manila last February 4.

He said among the qualified technical support personnel were IT junior or senior students from the colleges in the city.

“We already sent request letters to schools that offer IT courses. We still don’t know how many because we still have to know if we need them per school or per cluster precinct,” Cullo said.

Citing the memorandum of the Comelec-Manila, Cullo said all the election officers (EOs) in the region were instructed to conduct selection and screening in the recruitment of technical support personnel until February 15.

Adolfo Ibañez, head of Comelec’s MPG, set a protocol for the recruitment.

“They will be paid. Probably same as the teachers who will serve during elections,” Cullo said.

He said DepEd personnel will still operate the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, while the recruits would assist the former and would standby in case of any technical trouble.

Cullo said it was the Smartmatic which selected its personnel who assisted teachers last year.(PNA)


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