CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, San Fernando City, La Union: Chief Supt. Ericson Velasquez convened on Wednesday a summit for all chiefs of police (COPs) in the region to ensure the conduct of secure and fair elections (SAFE) on May 9, 2016. Senior Supt. Reynaldo Biay, PRO1’s deputy regional director for operations, said the COPs also presented the threat assessment, contingency and deployment plans in their respective area of responsibilities (AORs), including the mobilization of force multipliers; as well as security preparations on the transport, delivery and retrieval of VCM (Vote Counting Machine) and other election paraphernalia. Velasquez directed the COPs to maintain high level of police presence and ensure close supervision within their AOR. To date, no area has been considered hot spot in the region but some towns are under tight watch. Ilocos region is composed of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.