ELECTION supervisors met at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 yesterday morning to discuss changes in the application for security escorts.

There are 16 persons who have temporary security escorts, while nine have their applications pending before the Regional Joint Security Control Center.

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PRO 7 Director Lani-o Nerez declined to identify the persons who have security escorts. However, he said not all of them are candidates.

The 16 persons include private individuals, public officials, some from the courts and some candidates.

As for the pending applications, Nerez said some of them have yet to submit threat assessments, while others want bodyguards who are currently assigned to police stations.

Nerez explained they cannot transfer police officers assigned to stations because this will affect their operations. He said only those stationed to headquarters can be assigned as police escorts.

As for private individuals who do not have security details, they can only enlist the services of protective agents.

This can be a problem since there are no trained and licensed protective agents in Central Visayas.

To streamline the applications for security escorts, Provincial Elections Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said applications will now be coursed through their office.

He explained that since a threat assessment conducted by both police and military offices in the area where the applicant is from is needed, it will be easier to process these applications.

Also discussed was the reassessment of areas included in the watch list.

For now, only towns and cities in Cebu’s fourth district and in the first district of Negros Oriental are in the list, Nerez said.