Comelec staff destroying defective, spoiled and excess ballots that were printed for the May 14 local polls
MANILA, Philippines – It’s all systems go for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday, May 14, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Comelec also activated on Friday its command center for the village polls.
According to Comelec Acting Chairman Al Parreño, they are now in the final phase of delivery of election paraphernalia and deployment of police and soldiers.
“We have deployed most of our the materials already, finishing some minor things in deployment. In NCR 3% lang matatapos na siya ngayon. In that case ready na,” Parreño said.
The poll body again reminded the public to arrive at polling precincts as early as possible to avoid long queues as voting will be done manually. Polling precincts will open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
“At the strike of 3 o’clock kung mayroon pa ring voters within the 30 meter radius pwede pa iyong boboto sila,” Teofisto Elnas, the director of Comelec’s Election and Barangay Affairs Department.
Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assures that security measures are in place to prevent and stop the conduct of election-related practices.
“We call on the PNP to be on the look out for any incident of vote buying and ensure tat culpable parties are arrested and charged,” said Interior Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya.
Meanwhile, the National Printing Office together with representatives from Comelec on Friday, May 11, destroyed over one million defective and damaged election ballots.
“We invited the media for transparency so the rest of the country will see the event and this will help build confidence that we have a secured electoral process,” according to Acting Director III of COMELEC Planning Department Maria Victoria Dulcero.
In case of excess ballots, the chairman of the electoral board is obliged to destroy them inside the polling precinct once the election proper is over to make sure that the spare ballots will not be used for election fraud. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
Construction works hamper election in Bagong Silang, Caloocan
A drone shot of the country’s largest barangay, Bagong Silang in Caloocan City
CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines – Voters in the country’s largest barangay, Bagong Silang, Caloocan, struggled to get things done during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14.
During the first hours of the election, inquiries bombarded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) help desks at Bagong Silang Elementary School, the barangay’s main polling center, as eager voters line up to clarify their precinct numbers and search for their missing names.
As expected, senior citizens were the most affected by the process; though their determination did not waver.
“Hanggat may kaya (As long as I am able),” said 78-year old voter Emiia Samin
“Simula kay Marcos wala akong palya ng pagboto (Since the time of Marcos I have never failed to vote),” said another senior citizen, 74-year old Adelaida Belardo
Barangay Bagong Silang has a population of at least 300,000 based on 2015 National Census. It has 92,000 registered voters on the voter’s list that’s why 170 public teachers, with some from nearby barangays Gabriela and Sto. Nino, rendered services in full force in today’s election.
Dr. Nimpa Narcise, the school’s principal said only two teachers did not report to their election duties due to health concerns.
Narcise admitted the construction of a new school building caused delays in the overall election process.
“Ang iba pong mga botante ay medyo nahirapan silang hanapin dahil may mga construction nga po tayo ng building (Some voters had a hard time locating it because of the construction works on a new building.) ,” Narcise said.
Nevertheless, the school management assured that voters were provided with guide map and services by active help desk officers for assistance. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
Teachers may reimburse 5% tax on honoraria – DepEd
PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday, May 14, that the five percent tax on honoraria for teachers may be reimbursed within 15 days after the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
“Puwede pong mareimburse ng ating mga teachers at electoral board ang mga nabawas na tax sa ating honoraria,” DepEd Election Task Force Operation and Monitoring Center Representative Atty. Marcelino Bragado said.
(Teachers and members of the electoral board may reimburse taxes deducted from their honoraria.)
Teachers who serve in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections are entitled to P5,000 honoraria and P1,000 transportation allowance.
For the reimbursement of the five percent tax, teachers need to fill out the sworn declaration form and submit it to DepEd.
“Ano po ba iyong sworn declaration? Nakalagay po doon iyong kanilang income yearly at kung pasok po sila diyan sa income bracket na iyan. Automatic po ire-reimburse iyong five percent,” he added.
(A sworn declaration indicates your yearly income and the income bracket you fall into. The five percent will automatically be reimbursed.)
Teachers may get their honoraria and transport allowance as well as the five percent tax reimbursement through their cash cards or ATM cards, according to Bragado, within 15 days after election. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
Bataan LGU readies power failure measures for canvassing of BKSE votes
Emergency lights on standby in case of power failure during the canvassing of votes.
BATAAN, Philippines – The local government of Limay together with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to impose emergency measures in case power lines are cut during the canvassing of votes for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls Monday, May 14.
“Sa apat na lugar ay mayroon kaming automatic generators. Sa walang generator mayroon kaming emergency lights na ibibigay,” said Rosalinda Atienza, the municipal treasurer.
(We have automatic generators in four areas. In areas without generators we will provide emergency lights.)
Atienza also assured that they have provided service vehicles for watchers and the electoral board of canvassers assigned in remote polling places. They will be accompanied by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the safe conduct of canvassing.
Overall, there are 483 teachers serving 161 clustered precincts in 12 barangays in Limay.
Limay, Bataan alone has 50,169 registered voters while the entire province of Bataan has 689, 083 registered voters. — Alfredo Ocampo | UNTV News & Rescue