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NPO tops list of GAs placed at Comelec disposal

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (9 February) -- The National Printing Office (NPO) has started to print the ballots that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will let the voters use during the upcoming May elections.

Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Elections Director of region 10, said NPO tops the list of 17 government financial institutions (GFI), other government agencies (GA) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) that has placed all their crafts and vehicles at the disposal of the Comelec.

These crafts and vehicles include the land, air and water craft, such as airplanes and helicopters, trucks, jeeps, vans, cars, ships, launches, barges and speedboats and communication facilities, such as the printing machines of the NPO, which the Comelec may need them from time to time.

Magbutay said these will be used to ferry the Comelec personnel and those of its deputized agencies in the performance of their election duties and / or transport election forms, supplies and materials to their places of destination, particularly, in areas without regular means or with inadequate transportation.

These GFI's, GA's, GOCC's which are also included in the Comelec deputation list are as follows: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS).

Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), Dept. of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Dept. of Agriculture (DA), Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), National Electrification Administration (NEA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Commission on Population (Popcom).

These GFI's, GA's and GOCC's will provide the Comelec with a list of available crafts and vehicles, together with the pilots / captains, shipmasters or drivers assigned to the said crafts or vehicles, Magbutay added. (PIA 10) [top]

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