Visayas Newsbits for May 12,2013

W.V. SECURED

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - A total of 6,623 police officers have been deployed in the six provinces of Western Visayas for the May 13 polls. Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO6) director, said the cops are almost 100 percent ready in maintaining peace and order during polling day. Data from the PRO6 showed that the biggest deployment is in Iloilo province with 1,675 cops. Another 1,552 police officers were sent to Negros Occidental while 815 were deployed to Capiz; 668 in Aklan; 622 in Antique; and 235 in Guimaras. The highly urbanized city of Iloilo has 582 police personnel while Bacolod City has 474. (Tara Yap)

WATER SUPPLY

APO ISLAND, Negros Oriental - With the aim of addressing the shortage of water supply here the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) through its Kapit-Bisig Laban saKahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in collaboration with this island's local community and officials will be constructing a Multi-Purpose Building cum Rain Water Harvester with Ground Water Catchment. The project will be implemented through the Community Force Account (CFA) mode which will employ at least 20 skilled and 50 non-skilled workers from this island barangay. (Phoebe Jen Indino)

COPS DEPLOYED FOR POLL DUTY

CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Leyte - The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) has already deployed more than 5,000 in the field in preparation for the 2013 midterm elections that will be held tomorrow. Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, PRO8 director, told reporters that the security preparations are already in place for the Monday 2013 midterm elections that will be conducted in 136 towns of the region. Soria said 4,852 of the over 5,000 police personnel deployed for election security duty will monitor polling centers on Election Day. Soria added that his men in the field have already secured 3,773 voting centers in Eastern Visayas. (Restituto A. Cayubit)

P.C.O.S. ENERGIZED

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - Even if there is a power blackout, the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines in Western Visayas will function on Election Day. "The backup batteries can last up to 12 hours," said Atty. Renato Magbutay, regional director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). "The PCOS machines will still work," Magbutay assured. Blackouts have been occurring in Panay Island during the past few days due to the thunderstorms. In case of a longer power outage on May 13, Magbutay has ordered all board of election inspectors (BEIs) in the region to bring emergency lamps that can be used during canvassing of votes. (Tara Yap)

SAMAR CLASH

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City - Three days before the midterm elections, troops under Charlie Company, 87th Infantry "Hinirang" Battalion (87IB) of the 8thInfantry Division (ID) encountered more or less 15 alleged members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay Nawi, Paranas, Samar last Friday. Lieutenant Colonel Cerilo C. Balaoro, Jr., commander of the 87IB, said his men were on security operations for the transport of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and other election paraphernalia in the barangay, when they chanced upon the armed rebels. Soldiers seized two handguns, ammunition, an NPA flag and several combat packs after the rebels retreated from battle. (Phoebe Jen Indino)

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