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The completion of makeshift precincts in Eastern Visayas is expected to be completed on time.

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has guaranteed that all 118 makeshift precincts in Eastern Visayas will be completed before election day, allowing storm victims and those in the “vulnerable sector” to vote.

All temporary precincts in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, and Leyte have been completed, according to Comelec Eastern Visayas assistant regional director Felicisimo Embalsado, while those in Southern Leyte are still ongoing.

“There was a delay for regions damaged by Typhoon Odette in Southern Leyte due to a restricted supply of construction supplies,” Embalsado told reporters. “But we are certain that it will be done before May 7.”

Two makeshift precincts have been completed in Catbalogan City, Samar; 29 have been completed in the municipalities of San Antonio, San Isidro, Allen, Lope de Vega, Victoria, Mondragon, Silvino Lubos, Palapag, Laoang, Biri, and Bobon in Northern Samar.

These structures in Samar provinces are for the elderly and disabled, who are classified as a vulnerable sector by Comelec.

Seven temporary precincts in Leyte province’s Palo, Hilongos, and Mahaplag towns, which were damaged by previous calamities, have also been completed.

In the Typhoon Odette-affected municipalities of San Ricardo, Saint Bernard, Sogod, Bontoc, Maasin City, and Macrohon in Southern Leyte, 80 improvised precincts have been partially finished.

The Comelec has designated surrounding schools as landslide precincts for landslide survivors in Baybay City and Abuyog, Leyte.

“Through these improvised centers, we are allowing everyone to vote, even if their classrooms have been damaged by natural disasters.” “We need to figure out a method,” Embalsado remarked.

The precincts will be made of coconut wood, plywood, and a canvas, and will be the same size as the community schools.

The cost of each construction is estimated to be around PHP50,000.

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