Comelec: Bohol schools not needed in resumption of polls-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
WHILE the physical integrity of public schools appears to be the top concern of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Bohol in holding the barangay polls, it is actually not.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body is not keen on still waiting for the damaged schools buildings to be fully restored since it might take a longer time.
"Ang importante dito is we can normalize the transportation and power supply so we can hold the elections," said Jimenez.
"Kung talagang damaged ang mga schools, we can always resort to makeshift polling precincts. Pwede naman sa mga tents gawin na ise-set-up sa mga football fields or sports complex," said Jimenez.
Last week, a magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck the Visayas region resulting in the destruction of buildings, roads, schools, and churches.
The Comelec on Monday had already postponed the conduct of elections in Bohol, which was placed under state of calamity after suffering major damages from the quake.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they are looking to conduct the special polls before the expiration of terms of current barangay officials on November 30.
Meanwhile, Jimenez said they are set to provide Board of Election Tellers (BETs) a manual on what to do if an earthquake occurs during the October 28 barangay polls.
"Bibigyan lang natin sila ng kaunting guidelines on what are the best ways to survive an earthquake," said Jimenez.
In particular, the poll official said they want to teach their BETs of the "duck-cover-hold" response, wherein people inside offices are advised to duck and seek cover under a sturdy desk or table while holding on to it during earthquakes.
The warning comes after the warnings given by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) of possible quakes in the future.
"On election day, there will be more people crowding inside enclosed spaces. So the threat becomes magnified if it does happen and the potential for injury becomes higher," said Jimenez. (HDT/Sunnex)