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Caraga police ready for coming barangay, SK elections

By PCInsp Nelly T. Villagarcia

Butuan City (29 September) -- The policemen in the region are now ready for the upcoming synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25, 2010. New Caraga Police Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal said the 45-day security operation has been implemented since September 25 until November 11, 2010.

Policemen assume election duties as deputies of the Commission on Elections and will take this challenge as another opportunity for the PNP to shine and possibly duplicate the fine performance of election duties in the May 2010 national and local polls.

The Command will surely oversee and supervise all election security operations by lower units. PSSupt Samuel Yoran, Deputy Regional Director for Operations together with PSSupt Mansue Lukban, Regional Chief Directorial Staff led in inspecting the COMELEC Checkpoint conducted by the police in respective municipalities.

Joint Security Coordinating Centers (JSCC) will be put up by the PNP and AFP at the regional, provincial and municipal levels to ensure police-military inter-operability and coordination in operations against Partisan Armed Groups and other election law violators.

Gen. Rafal instructed all units to closely monitor the prevailing situation in perennial election hotspots and to initiate immediate action to prevent any outbreak of election-related violence. Comelec Resolution 9019 orders the PNP and AFP to enforce a nationwide gunban from September 25 to Nov 11, 2010.

During the May 2010 elections, PRO 13 complied all directives from higher headquarters: Established Joint Security Control Centers and Election Monitoring Action Centers; Prepared and submitted security plans; Conducted scenario exercises, inspections and monitoring; Established checkpoints/chokepoints and Conducted public information campaign for a Credible, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections.

Based on the survey conducted in coordination with PNP Program Management Office (PMO) having 4,400 respondent households conducted on May 29-June 13, 2010 by the Asia-Pacific Center for Research (ACRE), PRO13 ranked No.1 in the total gun ban efficiency and effectiveness nationwide with 76.22% Diffusion Index. PRO13 apprehended 8 total gun ban violators (4 PNP, 2 AFP, 1 BJMP and 1 NBI). The aforementioned ACRE Survey also shows PRO13 ranked No.3 on Checkpoints Efficiency and Effectiveness nationwide with 70.63 Diffusion Index. (PRO-13/PIA-13) [top]

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