Valley cops report peaceful barangay elections-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Valley Top Cop Bryon Allatog said polls in the Valley were relatively peaceful.
Allatog said there have been no reports of election irregularities in the area where there are 52 personnel deployed to keep the peace.
There are 16 barangays in the province capital: Alapang, Alno, Ambiong, Bahong, Balili, Beckel, Bineng, Betag, Cruz, Lubas, Pico, Poblacion, Puguis, Shilan, Tawang and Wangal.
Police earlier forecasted a peaceful conduct of the barangay election in the province due to the culture of sportsmanship and political maturity of the people.
Police has coordinated the setup of the Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC) and the Municipal Election Monitoring Action Centers (MEMACs) in all municipalities of the province.
Police are tasked to secure the canvassing of votes at the polling precincts, provide security for the transport of election paraphernalia as well as provide security until the proclamation of the winning candidates and during the oath taking ceremonies.
Months ago, a Barangay Congress was conducted gathering barangay chairmen, chief tanods, BPOC members from the various barangays with the agenda of preparing for peaceful, secure and fair elections in the province.
For the province, the deployment of over 151 personnel for all 13 municipalities has also been requested to augment existing forces in the province.
Activities before the barangay polls advocating for a peaceful elections included the “Padyak, Lakad, Takbo para sa Maayos at Mapayapang Brgy and SK Eleksyon 2013 and signing of a peace covenant.
Comelec data show there are some 953,006 voters in the region who cast their votes in 3,283 clustered precincts in some 1,361 voting centers.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 30, 2013.