PCOS machines to go to cheaper warehouse

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2013 05:50 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2013 01:50 AM

MANILA - The precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections will soon be moving to new homes.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body's contract with PSI Inc for their warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna will expire on June 30.

However, the PCOS machines will be moved into a new warehouse just across the street and at a cheaper rent.

Brillantes said the new warehouse, which at 7,000 square meters is smaller than the current 10,000 square meter one, will cost only P1 million a month. The current warehouse costs P6.1 million a month.

The poll chief said Comelec will not be doing any configuration assemblies anyway. Brillantes explained this is only a temporary warehouse as they finalize plans for a permanent warehouse inside a government facility.

"We intend to get our own warehouse. We prefer a government warehouse so we won't have problem with bidding, negotiating..."

The Comelec is now undertaking the reverse deployment of the PCOS machines. So far, 75% of the machines have been retrieved.