NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and other reelectionist officials in the province will file their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) during the first day of filing on Friday, October 1.
Lacson said he will be with First District Representative Gerardo Valmayor in filing their COCs at the Provincial Comelec, which will temporarily hold office at the Provincial Capitol's Social Hall in Bacolod City from October 1 to 10.
Fifth District Representative Ma. Lourdes Arroyo will also file her COC on the same date.
Both Valmayor and Arroyo are again running as representatives of their respective districts.
Lacson said that Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer will also file his COC on the same day with his wife Fourth District Representative Juliet Marie Ferrer.
Other provincial officials are also expected to file their COCs on Friday.
Meanwhile, Provincial Comelec Officer Ma. Fatima Aspan requested the governor for the temporary use of the Social Hall during the 10-day period because their office is too small to accommodate candidates.
The COC filing is actually until October 8 only.
But Aspan said, they will occupy the venue until October 10 because they need to consolidate all the COCs coming from out-of-town on October 9 to 10.
She also reminded candidates to fill out the health declaration forms before filing their respective COC.
Local candidates would no longer be required to submit negative reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, she said, adding that this is only required for national candidates.
The provincial election officer emphasized that they will only accommodate 10 candidates and individuals at a time.
Supporters, Aspan said, are advised to only stay at the Capitol grounds whenever they want to show support for their bets and political parties to make sure that physical distancing is observed.
Wearing of face masks and face shields by the candidates are also required.
Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (Cona) by candidates having political parties is also required, Aspan added.
She said candidates who will file their COCs at the Provincial Comelec Office are those for governor, vice governor, members of the Provincial Board and congressmen.
Aspan said they have yet to receive the guidelines on extension of the voter registration after the Senate and House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the bill extending the voter registration up to October 30 instead of the original deadline on September 30, 2021.