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As the election approaches, the Comelec conducts the send-off of security forces in CAR.

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – On Wednesday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Cordillera area organized a simultaneous send-off ceremony for over 8,000 security officers from the military and police who would be working in the national and local elections in 2022.

Capt. Marnie Abellanida, director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCor), told the Philippine News Agency that the send-off ceremony was placed at the police regional headquarters in Camp Dangwa, with Comelec-Cordillera director Ederlino Tabilas in attendance.

Tabilas is the leader of the region’s combined security task force, which ensures that the May 9 elections are secure, orderly, and fair.

According to the list published by Abellanida, a total of 8,125 security officers will be deployed for the regional polls, with 5,529 of them deployed on Wednesday.

Abra has 980 personnel, Apayao has 474, Baguio City has 648, Benguet has 979, Ifugao has 927, Kalinga has 560, Mountain Province has 550, and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion has 411.

The remaining 2,000 soldiers will be on standby in case they are called upon.

According to a different list released to the press, 1,078 of the 8,125 security workers are police officers.

The staff will be assigned to the election monitoring advisory center and the tactical operations center at the regional and provincial offices, voting stations, detail to Comelec personnel and facilities, transmission servers, communications sites, and canvassing regions.

Some will serve on quick response teams (QRT) and at checkpoints.

Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee, PROCor Regional Director, Office of Civil Defense Director Albert Mogol, Brig. Gen. Khrisnamurti Mortella of the 702nd Brigade, and Brig. Gen. Santiago Enginco of the 503rd Brigade of the Philippine Army were also present for the send-off.

“Be impartial, secure the people and the election result,” Abellanida said, echoing the advice of the officials present at the send-off to the security men.

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