Cotabato begins security measures for May elections

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato: The Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) in Cotabato Province has been officially activated as a security center leading to the May 9, 2022 elections.

A closed-door conference was held last Wednesday at Kidapawan City Convention Hall among representatives from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

Comelec provincial election supervisor Myla Luna Bayao said the meeting focused on the setting of security measures for an honest, orderly, peaceful and credible elections.

The conference also discussed the role of other government agencies that should coordinate with the Comelec such as the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Health.

The Comelec gun ban was already implemented in the province in January, the start of the election period. The gun ban will end on June 8, the last day of the election period.

Government agencies enforcing the law are exempted from the gun ban but are allowed to bring and use their firearms while on duty and uniformed.

The PNP and AFP also presented during the conference the current state of security in the province and nearby areas which shall be the focus of the agencies during the election period.

About 80 Comelec checkpoints have been activated by the PNP and AFP in various areas in Cotabato province.