Advisory panel reconstituted to propose voting tech for 2016 polls

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New Advisory Council (CAC) members are sworn in Comelec commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim (extreme left). Present are: (From L-R) Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos of Lente, Usec. Casambre, Angel S. Averia Jr. of PHCERT, DOST asst sec. Raymund E. Liboro, Damian O. Mapa of ITAP, George C, Kintanar of CIOFF, John Paul C. Vergara of PPCRV, and Usec. Alberto T. Muyot of DepEd. Not Present is Rommel P. Feria of UP New Advisory Council (CAC) members are sworn in Comelec commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim (extreme left). Present are: (From L-R) Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos of Lente, Usec. Casambre, Angel S. Averia Jr. of PHCERT, DOST asst sec. Raymund E. Liboro, Damian O. Mapa of ITAP, George C, Kintanar of CIOFF, John Paul C. Vergara of PPCRV, and Usec. Alberto T. Muyot of DepEd. Not Present is Rommel P. Feria of UP[/caption] To bolster the council?s technical capacity, the CAC has brought on new members from ICT professional organizations namely; the Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines and (ITAP) and the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PHCERT). The Advisory Council is to be made up of nine members from the academe, non-government electoral reform organizations, ICT professional organizations and select government agencies who will ?recommend the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the Automated Election System [AES].? Microsoft?s Dondi Mapa is the official representative of ITAP, while Angel S. Averia Jr. is for PHCERT. New faces on the council include that of Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), John Paul C. Vergara of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Atty. Rona Ann V. Caritos of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections(Lente). Former CAC members who kept their positions as representatives of their respective organizations were Undersecretary Alberto T. Muyot of the Department of Education, Professor Rommel P. Feria of the University of the Philippines, and George Kintanar of the Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF). ?Our selection process for CAC members was focused on the nominee?s technical competencies particularly in IT systems design, software and hardware design as well as knowledge of the electoral process and electoral law,? said Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre of the DOST-ICT Office, chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council. ?With constantly improving technologies, we intend to recommend the most appropriate for our current situation; furthermore we intend to totally eliminate security issues while maintaining transparency in the electoral process.? Early February, the CAC invited various technology providers to present information on available technologies on Automated Elections Systems. An AES technology trade fair is currently being organized to evaluate AES technologies available. The result of this activity will serve as input for the CAC prior to submitting is recommendations to the Comelec. ]]>

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