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For poll duty in Bicol, the government would deploy 8,000 troops.

CITY OF LEGAZPI – According to the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5), a total of 7,952 government troops are presently on standby for deployment to the six provinces of the Bicol Region to help ensure peace and order during the May 9 elections.

PRO-5 spokesperson Maj. Malu Calubaquib said in an interview on Wednesday that the organization, along with its partner agencies, is working hard to prepare its human resources and logistical capacities for the national and local elections.

A simultaneous multi-agency send-off ceremony for government soldiers from the PRO-5, Philippine Army, Maritime Unit, Highway Patrol Group, Special Action Force, and Philippine Coast Guard was held at the Legazpi City Airport.

Calubaquib explained, “This sending-off of troops and resources aims to increase the competence of police units on the ground to ensure a fair, honest, safe, and secure election.”

PRO-5 has over 700 logistical support units available and serviceable, including 12 patrol cars, 61 light transport vehicles, 337 patrol cars, 11-man trucks, a rescue vehicle, 10 ambulances, six pick-ups, 300 motorcycles, 18 personnel carrier motorcycles, seven vans, a coaster, a bus, and a special purpose vehicle, according to her.

“PRO-5 has already deployed 462 Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG) contingents in Masbate province. It also trained 231 police officers as part of the Regional Headquarters Unit-Reactionary Standby Support Force (RHQ-RSSF), who will be responsible for Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Response, Active Shooter Response, and Crowd Management “Calubaquib chimed in.

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