VCM Vote counting machines and ballot boxes being unloaded in Moises Padilla in the presence of election officer Susan Araiza and municipal treasurer Marilou Tespeces*

‘No NIR Comelec head
named for lack of time'

Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista yesterday refused to designate an acting Comelec regional director for the Negros Island Region for lack of time, with the elections set May 9, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said yesterday.

Guanzon said she manifested her objection since the Comelec en banc had already created the Comelec regional office, and the chair must designate an acting regional director.

The problem is that there is no acting regional director who has the password for lowering the threshold of the winning candidate if there is a clear winner, she said. moremoremore

VCM delivery to
Bacolod precincts set

The 392 vote counting machines for Bacolod City will be delivered by 2Go cargo forwarder to the different polling centers in the city tomorrow, Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said yesterday.

The Commission on Elections is set to conduct the final testing and sealing of the VCM's on Friday at 9 a.m., she said.

Majarucon-Sia said the VCM's will be delivered to the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School 1 and 2, Banago Elementary School, Mandalagan Elementary School, Education and Training Center School 1, 2 and 3; Negros Occidental High School, Lopez Jaena Elementary School and Mabini Elementary School. moremoremore


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2 Silliman graduates
BPI-DOST awardees

Two new graduates of Silliman University in Dumaguete City are among the recipients of the Bank of the Philippine Islands-Department of Science and Technology Science Awards.

Wilfredo Mata Jr. (Physics) and Josue Santos (Mechanical Engineering) joined 28 other outstanding young scientists from universities around the country in an awarding ceremony held recently at the Mind Museum in Taguig, where they each received a plaque, a cash prize and a career offer as a BPI junior officer, a press release from Silliman said.

Mata's research delved on “Surface Runoff Coefficient and Soil Erosion Measurements of Residential Soil Samples with Variations in Land Surface Feature Taken alongside Banica River, Dumaguete City”. It aimed to determine the effects of land surface features in different slope gradients to the surface runoff coefficients and soil erosion of different soil samples from two areas of Barangay Taclobo under both natural and simulated rainfall. moremoremore