AFP to help in securing barangay, SK elections

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will deploy troops to help in maintaining peace and order in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on October 30 in Central and North Luzon.

This was bared during the Area Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee Meeting held in Camp Aquino over the weekend.

Nolcom Commander, Lieutenant General Fernyl Buca, said in addition to joint security control centers, the AFP will help in ensuring safe and secured BSKE.

"The role of the military is to provide area security. Nolcom forces throughout Northern and Central Luzon stand prepared to offer assistance to the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and Commission on Elections in safeguarding polling locations and ensuring the well-being of voters," he said.

The Area Police Command-Northern Luzon Operations Division has a comprehensive plan covering the functions and composition of the force package, the political situation in the areas within North and Central Luzon, and the possible deployments for the upcoming BSKE.

The military and its police counterparts have committed to enhance coordination efforts in Central and North Luzon, including troop augmentation and deployment plans.

They identified isolated areas, and developing contingency plans for transportation and communication issues to ensure a secure and smooth BSKE.

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