The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office yesterday assured Negrenses of their impartiality in the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, with the election period starting Saturday.
“The PNP will be fair and neutral in implementing the law,” Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, Negros Occidental provincial police director, stressed yesterday.
Castil added that the implementation of the gun ban will also start on Saturday.
To enforce circulation control measure and other laws, he also disclosed that NOCPPO will conduct Comelec checkpoints in strategic areas of the different towns and cities of Negros Occidental.
The Commission on Election has already activated the Provincial Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (PJPSCC), which is composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police, and other law enforcement agencies.
Castil said PNP personnel will be deployed in areas of convergence for police visibility and presence.
Police mobile and beat patrols will be conducted in different areas of the province, with the gun ban to be strictly enforced, to prevent firearm- related incidents.
The PJPSCC is still in the process of validating barangays in Negros Occidental, that could be classified as areas of concerns during the synchronized barangay and SK elections.
There are 662 barangays in Negros Occidental, including the 61 in Bacolod City.*GPB
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