Army, police in ComVal ready for polls-A A +A
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Compostela Valley in coordination with the Compostela Valley Provincial Police Office (CVPPO) and the 1001st Brigade of the Philippine Army are ready for the upcoming May polls.
Provincial election officer lawyer Jennifer Ancla, during the Kapihan sa PIA Tuesday, said they already have the 529 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines required in the province. She said they have started the final testing and sealing of the PCOS machines in Nabunturan, Compostela, New Bataan and Maragusan.
"In New Bataan we have one defective PCOS machine in New Bataan and two in Nabunturan. We have already reported the defective machine in New Bataan and we are set to report the malfunctioning PCOS machines in Nabunturan today," Ancla said.
The provincial election officer also said they have already requested the 116 generator sets to power up some polling centers situated in the areas hard-hit by Typhoon Pablo.
"Some of the areas in Comval have no electricity yet so we requested 116 generator sets from Comelec-Manila. They have already granted the request so we are ready," Ancla said.
The forces of CVPPO and 1001st Brigade are already in place to maintain the peaceful conduct of elections.
CVPPO Director Camilo Cascolan said they will deploy some 800 police personnel in the different polling centers in the province.
He added they have already activated the Barangay Auxiliary Teams (BATs) and the Barangay Intelligence Networks (BINs) to cover the farflung areas, particularly in New Bataan, Mabini, Maco and Pantukan.
1001st Brigade commander Colonel Angelito de Leon said they have 1,000 troops ready for deployment, adding they will also activate some 500 off-duty Citizen Armed Force Geographical Units (Cafgus) as part of their troop multipliers.
The CVPPO and 1001st Brigade have activated the tactical operations center for a more rapid coordination between the army and police forces.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 08, 2013.