The COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC), through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), spearheads the Automated Election System (AES) Technology Fair on July 26, 2017 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.

The Fair features the latest technologies available in the market, including locally developed AES solutions. Participating AES providers/developers are given 45 minutes each to present, demonstrate and discuss their respective technologies.

The following are the participating AES providers/developers:

  • Precinct Automated Tallying System (PATAS)
  • Transparent Election System (TAPAT)
  • Smartmatic International Corp
  • IP Converge Data Services, Inc.
  • Laxton Group
  • DBP Data Center Inc.
  • Arronet Solutions Integrator, Inc.

 

Aside from the technology demonstrations, the AES Technology Fair includes presentations of the lessons learned from the implementation of the past automated elections by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the initiatives of the DICT and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) that will shape up the country’s automated elections in the interest of security, reliability and transparency.

Under Republic Act No. 9369, the CAC is mandated to recommend to the COMELEC “the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the AES.”

The Fair will help the CAC in deciding which AES technology will they recommend to the poll body for the 2019 National and Local Elections. Moreover, the presentations will enable the CAC to gain various perspectives and insights about AES solutions to be taken into consideration in making the most suitable recommendation to the COMELEC.

The council is composed of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) representing the Academe, the Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF), the Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation (PETEF), and Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE) representing ICT Professional Organizations. As for the non-government electoral organizations, representatives are from Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL).

For queries and other concerns, you may contact the CAC Secretariat, through Ms. Jocelyn V. Tendenilla, Ms. Rochelle E. Penullar, and Ms. Katrina O. Ner at the following contact details:

 

Email:  cac.secretariat@dict.gov.ph

Office Phone:  (+632) 920-0101 local 1611 or 30