Comelec to tap Philpost for ballot delivery

By Sheila Crisostomo, The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 13 2013 02:18 AM | Updated as of Sep 13 2013 10:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will tap the services of the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) in the delivery of ballots and other election paraphernalia for the Oct. 28 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said Philpost would deliver the ballots in Regions 3, 9, National Capital Region and 4, except in Quezon province, which requires special needs for its island communities.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Philpost gave them a good price.

“We did not have to bid it out. It’s cheaper since it’s government-to-government. Aside from that, Postmaster General Josefina de la Cruz has been asking us to try them, especially since they have new trucks,” he said.

Padaca said 2Go Express Inc. won the P33,187,282 contract to deploy election documents and other paraphernalia in Regions 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Caraga.

She said another company would deliver the ballots in Regions 1, 2, 5, Cordillera and Quezon province.

“We are working on this now,” she said.

Brillantes assured the public that they would ensure the early delivery of election paraphernalia, unlike what happened in the 2010 elections.

“It won’t happen again. I knew what happened in 2010. There was lack of time for preparations. I don’t want that to be repeated in this coming elections,” he said.