BALER, Aurora: The army and police in this capital town of Aurora have intensified security measures and operations as the election period for this year’s local and presidential polls is fast approaching.
Lt. Col. Joey A. Escanillas, commander of the 56th Infantry “Tatag” Battalion, Philippine Army, said that the Philippine Army and Aurora police leadership have vowed for full commitment for the safe and peaceful conduct of the May national and local elections.
Escanillas said that the recently-concluded Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) JPSCC meeting resulted in the full commitment of the AFP with the Aurora Provincial Police Office (APPO).
He said the meeting was attended by Provincial Election Supervisor (PES), Lawyer Panfilo C. Doctor Jr. and APPO headed by Police Senior Superintendent Danilo M. Florentino, provincial director, together with his staff and the chiefs of police of all eight municipalities in this province.
Some of the outputs of the JPSCC were the finalized security deployment of AFP and PNP personnel to the polling centers; the security plan during distribution and retrieval of vote counting machines (VCMs) and other election paraphernalia; and the familiarization of the quick response team (QRT) on the area, including the distance and time of travel from point to point in order to have realistic response during eventualities in connection with the election.
It also came up with the creation of Joint Election Monitoring Action Center (JEMAC) to be manned by AFP-PNP personnel.
He said the AFP and PNP will coordinate with Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and local government units (LGU).