Zamboanga City (19 October) —
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), PNP and Task Force Zamboanga, and
the Department of Education step up their respective preparations with
just a week to go to ensure a smooth and orderly Barangay and SK
elections on October 25, 2010.
Comelec is now
conducting series of trainings, coordination meetings with other
stakeholders, and preparation of final voters’ list throughout the
region for its final leg of preparations.
Comelec City Office
Election Assistant Marilyn Alano said they are now finalizing the
Precinct Computerized Voters’ List (PCVL) and the Election Day Computer
Voters’ List (EDCVL).
"We are now working overtime to make sure that everything is in place come election day", Ms. Alano said.
Ms. Alano added that
Comelec-Manila is now sending other election paraphernalia although the
ballots have yet to arrive according to the City Treasurer’s Office.
The Department of Education is also prepping up teachers who will be serving in next week’s election.
Administrative Officer, Dr. Al-Rahimin Kenoh said Comelec’s training for
teachers serving this election is still ongoing.
"This election needs
the services of more teachers as compared to last May’s election. We are
back to manual election so that means more teachers are to be deployed.
Training for our teachers is still ongoing", Kenoh said.
Like the previous
elections, Comelec, once again, deputized DepEd to serve during the
election. Kenoh, however, clarified that teachers can opt not to serve
if they have valid reasons.
"Teachers can choose
not to serve if there is an imminent threat to their lives. But the
reason of most of the teachers is that their relative/s is/are
candidates in their area of responsibility. And we know that it’s not
allowed by our election laws", Kenoh pointed.
Dr. Kenoh added that
they also received a directive from DepEd-Manila forming the DepEd
Election Task Force, with the purpose of monitoring the elections
especially in polling precincts where teachers serve.
The Philippine National Police is also busy implementing security measures for the upcoming elections.
Zamboanga City Police
Office Operation Branch Chief P/Chief Inspector Haywien Salbado said
they have already put in place security strategies to ensure a peaceful
and orderly election next week.
Maj. Salbado said they
already conducted series of coordinating conferences with Comelec, Task
Force Zamboanga and other stakeholders on the security measures that
they will be implementing. Along with this, Salbado added that they have
already disseminated Comelec resolutions to all police stations in the
city stating what are prohibited during elections.
P/C Insp. Salbado added that they have drawn a deployment plan to secure the entire election process.
"We already prepared a
deployment plan for this coming election. We will be mobilizing 400 to
500 policemen to secure all polling precincts in the city. And this is
just for PNP. Add to that the force that will be mobilized by Task Force
Zamboanga and we will have a strong security force next week", Salbado
PNP is also
implementing the election gun-ban in the city with PNP apprehending four
violators. All of which were already filed in court.
Asked about possible
problems in the city come election day, Maj. Salbado said they are
eyeing Sacol group of islands as possible problem. not because of peace
and order but because of its distance to mainland Zamboanga.
"Sacol group of
islands is under our watch list, but not because of peace and order, but
because of its distance to mainland Zamboanga. Aside from that we don’t
see any problems. Zamboanga City is very peaceful. Previous elections
in the city showed no conflicts or violence", Salbado pointed.
Salbado also sees no
problem in barangays Talon-Talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco where a
number of shooting incidents were recorded for the first half of this
"The problem in
barangays Talon-Talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco are not election so they
are not considered hot spots", Salbado concluded.
Source: Philippine Information Agency, Michael Vincent D. Cajulao