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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 11, 2019
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‘Oplan Baklas’ readied
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

The Commission on Elections will form an “Operation Baklas” task force that will monitor illegally posted campaign materials in Bacolod City.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia saidthe task force will be composed of the Comelec, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Majarucon-Sia said they have reminded local candidates to observe common poster areas designated by the Comelec, as well as the required poster size of 2 by 3 feet.

If they see violations committed by national candidates based on their monitoring, they will send a report to the Law Department in Manila since these candidates do not have headquarters in Bacolod City, she said.

Based on the Comelec Resolution, they are mandated to form a task force that will monitor violation since they cannot conduct “operation baklas” or remove illegally posted campaign materials because they lack manpower and resources, Majarucon-Sia said.

Their priority is the preparation for the May election and that, starting next week, they will conduct trainings for election officers due to the implementation of the Voters Registration Verification System (VRVS), she said.

Majarucon-Sia said voters cannot vote unless they pass through the VRVS which will determine if they are registered voters of a certain precinct. This is one way of eliminating flying voters.

After the training of election officers, they will also train DepEd Supervising Official (DESO) Technical Support Staff who will help the electoral board in the operation of the Voters Counting Machine (VCM) and the VRVS during the election, she said.

After the training of DESO Technical Support Staff, they will start the training of electoral boards. They are planning when to schedule their trainings because they have limited VCM and VRVS to be used, she said.

Majarucon-Sia said they already have the certified list of voters in Bacolod City. If candidates want to get the list of voters, they can secure one at the Comelec office by writing a letter of request. They will then get approval from Manila so they will be given a copy.

She is requesting the candidates to bring a new USB. There is a corresponding fee of P15 per established precinct, she said.

They will post the list of candidates tomorrow, which is the start of the campaign for national candidates, Majarucon-Sia said.

She said there are no delisted candidates in Bacolod except that there were four candidates of a political party who were declared independent candidates. They are re-electionists Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Councilors Bartolome Orola and Ana Marie Palermo, as well as returning councilor Archie Baribar.

Majarucon-Sia also said there are no hot election spots in Bacolod City.*

 

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