The event led by the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (Ifugao PPO), the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC),was attended by the provincial and municipal candidates, the Bureau of Fire Protection, representatives from the different barangays, religious groups, and members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team.
“The main reason is to maintain our identity as a peaceful province when it comes to election period,”Lagawe Chief of Police PSI Pedro Tactay said in his overview of the activity aimed at supporting an honest, orderly, and credible elections.
Tactay said the province never recorded any election-related violence in the past three election periods in 2010, 2013, and 2016.
fugao PPO Director PSupt . Romeo Mangwag encouraged the police officers to intensify the election gun ban through Oplan Katoka ndthe strict implementation of check points to ensure a safe election. He also urged the candidates and anyone who have unregistered guns or expired gun licenses to deposit their firearms to the nearest police station.
The province of Ifugao has 11 municipalities with 124, 289 registered voters. District 1 (Lagawe, Lamut, Kiangan, Hingyon, Hungduan, and Tinoc) has 72, 243 registered voters while District 2 (Aguinaldo, Alfonso Lista, Banaue, and Mayoyao) has 52, 046 voters.
Kristine Dulnuan of COMELEC Ifugao shared 239 clustered precincts province wide will function during the May 13, 2019 elections. (JDP/JJPM with reports from DBC-PIA CAR)
By Jamie Joie P. Malingan