The COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC) was formally re-organized in preparation for the upcoming May 2016 national and local elections. 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 (ITAP) and the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PHCERT).

The Advisory Council is 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).” Mr. Dondi O. Mapa is the official representative of ITAP while, Mr. 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), Dr. 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 Mr. George Kintanar of the Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF).

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre of the DOST ICT Office, Chairman of the COMELEC Advisory Council is confident that the Council will be able to fulfill its mandate. “Our focus in the 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. 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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cac_2014New COMELEC Advisory Council (CAC) members sworn in – This was officiated by Comm. Christian Robert S. Lim of COMELEC (Extreme Left). Present are: (From L-R) Atty Rona Ann V. Caritos of LENTE, Usec. Casambre, Mr. Angel S. Averia, Jr. of PHCERT, Asst Sec. Raymund E. Liboro of DOST, Mr. Damian O. Mapa of ITAP, Mr. George C, Kintanar of CIOFF, Dr. John Paul C. Vergara of PPCRV, and Usec. Alberto T. Muyot of DEPED. Not Present is Prof. Rommel P. Feria of UP

About CAC – RA 9369 tasks the CAC to recommend to the COMELEC “the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the Automation Election System (AES)” for the 2013 elections.

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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