BUTUAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) – With nearly a week before the local and national elections take place, the city Comelec office here has recognized 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga as their official radio station.
During a reent interview with DJ Logan of Power FM, City Election Officer Atty. Ernie F. Palanan, City Comelec Officer Atty. Ernie F. Palanan informed the listeners, especially the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) that the said radio station will be the official radio station.
Palanan added whenever there are changes in the schedules and activities, the station will be the venue in doing such announcements.
He said BEIs and teachers who are on duty for the election will receive their honorarium as soon as possible since this will be sent through their bank accounts in Land Bank.
With this, BEIs are encouraged to submit the necessary requirements to City Comelec Office earlier so that their honorarium will also be released earlier.
The official further said during the election period, official election result from their end will also be aired in the station, as well as the actual situationer that will happen.
When asked on the preparedness of their office, Palanan said they are now prepared for the conduct of the election, saying that they have already made regular coordination with the security personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure a secured and free election (SAFE).
True to this, Atty. Palanan said they have conducted checkpoint operations with the police and military personnel in connection with the implementation of the Comelec gun ban. He added, to date, there were gun ban violators that were already filed cases in the court.
The Comelec chief in the city also said that the political parties here were already called and informed ion the measures implemented by their office to ensure smooth operations in the conduct of the election.
In a related development, Atty. Palanan said that Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines have already arrived and are now stored at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).
He likewise informed the BEIs that testing and sealing of the said machines is scheduled on May 5 for those that will be used in the hinterland barangays while for barangays within the city proper is scheduled on May 6. “Thus, I’m calling the BEIs to proceed to FSUU for this activity,” Palanan said.
Palanan also enjoined political watchers to witness the testing and sealing of the machines to avoid any complaints during the election day. He added that only BEIs are authorized to operate the machine on May 13.
While concern on the possible utilization of signal jamming device is considered one of the pressing issues presented by Sec. Mar Roxas of the Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Atty. Palanan assured that this cannot tamper the results. He explained that this can only cause delay in the transmission of result from the PCOS machines.
Palanan visited PIA-Caraga office and issued a certification, recognizing the agency’s radio station as the official partner station of Comelec Butuan. (Robert E. Roperos/Media ng Bayan)