THE National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday announced that its personnel have completed the delivery of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and other election materials in Metro Manila.
NCRPO Chief, Director Joel Pagdilao said that the delivery was completed four days before the May 9, 2016 synchronized national and local elections, and that they will continue to secure the VCMs and election paraphernalia.
“In line with the task of the Philippine National Police on the Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2016, the NCRPO has completed the delivery of the VCM four days before the election.” Pagdilao said in a statement.
The NCRPO Chief said that the successful and secure delivery of the 9, 271 VCMs was made by personnel of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and Special Reaction Unit (SRU).
Pagdilao said that aside from the VCMs, their personnel successfully secured and escorted the delivery of official ballot boxes, batteries, consolidation and canvassing system (CCS) kits, broadband global area network (BGAN) systems, and other election paraphernalia.
“These election items were picked up by our personnel from the warehouse of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and delivered to different polling centers in Metro Manila,” Pagdilao said.
The NCRPO chief said that delivery started last April 28, 2016 and was completed on May 5, 2016. Further, police officers continue to be on guard for these election paraphernalia until the conduct of the election.
Pagdilao further ordered all district directors, chiefs of police and station commanders in Metro Manila to provide comprehensive security coverage as well as to adhere to the election rules set by the Comelec.
“NCRPO policemen are ready to perform election duties on Monday,” Pagdilao said, as the NCRPO Chief further solicits the cooperation and support of the public to ensure the success of SAFE 2016.
“We are encouraging the public to immediately report to the authorities any suspicious individual, group or activities that may disrupt the conduct of May 9 election,” Pagdilao said.