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In North Mindanao, Caraga, 4000 Army men have enlisted for the May 9 elections.

CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO — The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) has begun deploying 4,000 soldiers across Northern Mindanao as security force multipliers for the May 9 elections.

The army deployment in various sections of Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions will continue until Sunday, according to 4ID commander Maj. Gen. Wilbur Mamawag.

“With multiple task forces activated and operationalized,” Mamawag stated in a statement Thursday evening.

Mamawag told the troops to “be faithful” in their tasks and to stay away from politics.

“We have demonstrated a high level of interoperability,” the 4ID chief said. “We will continue to coordinate with the Comelec (Commission on Elections), the police, and all other law enforcement agencies deputized for this election.”

The 4ID’s Task Force Safe (Safe, Accurate, Free, and Fair Election) is prepared for Monday’s elections, according to the organization.

“We have laid down our security preparations seamlessly in conjunction with Comelec and our PNP counterparts, while continuing to examine our deployment plans, including contingency measures for any scenario,” 4ID Task Force Safe deputy commander Lt. Col. Victor-Czar Villanueva said.

VCM evaluation

Meanwhile, the Comelec in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, announced that the testing and sealing of 150 vote-counting machines (VCMs) that will be ready on election day has been completed.

Under the City Schools Division of Marawi (CSDM), at least 450 school teachers will serve as Electoral Boards, according to DepEd Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto.

Norfaisa Paglala-Manduyog, the city election officer, praised the teachers who will be on the front lines during the polls, saying they play a critical role in guaranteeing an honest and peaceful democratic process.

She also reminded them to remain unbiased when voting.

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