“We are in the PMA to bring services of our offsite registration to our partners in the past elections from the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” COMELEC Baguio City Election Officer lawyer John Paul Martin said on Thursday(Sept. 5).
“Kung titingnan natin, lahat sila ay partners natin tuwing election at ngayon we are giving back by making our office accessible to them through the offsite registration process so lahat po ng emplyedao, opisyal at pati kadete ng PMA ay makaka rehistro na para sa nalalapit na barangay at SK election, kung matutuloy at kung hindi man, para sa presidential election sa 2022,” Martin said.
COMELEC also conducted an offsite registration for the officials and personnel of the Baguio City Police Office last week.
PMA information officer Maj. Reynan Afan said there are about 2,000 personnel of PMA including the 1,100 cadets. He said they let the cadets register as voters in Baguio City considering that they stay in the Academy for four years.
"We also want to pursue the interest of PMA, we would like to have a greater voice in the governance of the local government and national government through our right of suffrage,” Afan said.
Aside from voter registration, the COMELEC also conducted the Know Elections Better Seminar and Anti-Vote Buying Campaign for the cadets to enhance their electoral awareness as future leaders.
Martin said Comelec is conducting the offsite voter registrations to encourage the public not only to register but also to make sure for them to go out and vote on election day otherwise the registration process would be useless.
He reminded the public that voter registration will only be until the end of this month for the schedule 2020 barangay and SK elections. All types of voter registration are accepted which include new registration, transfer of record, change of status / correction of entries and reactivation of registration record.
Qualified voters may proceed to the COMELEC offices from Monday to Saturday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM or to the scheduled offsite registration sites at the San Vicente Barangay Hall on September 7, University of the Cordilleras Junior High School Campus at Hamada Subdivision on Sept. 11, and at the AZCKO Barangay Hall on Sept. 14.
Since August 1, more than 4,000 residents of Baguio City have registered to the COMELEC.
There were more than 160,000 registered voters in Baguio City for the past election but more than 30,000 have been deactivated since they failed to vote in the past two elections. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis