The Negros Occidental Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center, composed of the Commission on Elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police, is up for activation during a joint meeting at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, today.
The Regional Joint Security Coordinating Center was activated yesterday, after top officials of the Comelec, AFP and PNP in Region 6 met at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City, to discuss security measures, for the May 13 elections.
The regional group discussed the implementation of gun ban starting January 13, and had a briefing on peace and order situation in the six provinces of Western Visayas, including an initial list of possible election watchlist areas and potential private armed groups, based on previous elections, Col, Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, who attended the meeting, said.
The holding of a unity walks and signing of peace covenants among candidates is being encouraged by Comelec and security officials.
Arevalo reminded Army troops, including paramilitary personnel, in Negros to strictly adhere to the implementation of the gun ban by refraining from bringing firearms, if they are not in uniforms and on duty.
He added that they will assist the PNP in the conduct of checkpoints in the hinterlands, as they are now preparing personnel and equipment if case they are needed during the elections.
The RJSCC meeting in Iloilo was presided over by Comelec regional director Dennis Ausan, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police commander, Brig. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commander, provincial Comelec supervisors, and other key police and military officials in the region.*
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