Voter registration in COMELEC offices in Manila suspended until July 30

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2021   •   273

MANILA, Philippines — The voter registration in the city of Manila will be temporarily suspended for disinfection purposes, the Commission on Election (COMELEC) announced on Tuesday.

In an advisory, COMELEC said that its local offices for Districts 1 to 6 will be closed until July 30.

“Physical closure of the Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs), Districts 1 to 6, City of Manila from July 27 to 30, 2021 due to emergency disinfection,” the advisory read.

The voter registration will resume on August 2.

COMELEC offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voter registration is only allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

The poll body, however, remains optimistic it can meet its 61 million conservative voter registration target before the registration period ends on September 30.

Positive COVID-19 antigen test results now included in case count – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen tests will now be included in the Philippines’ case count, Malacañang said Friday.

In a televised briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) reached the decision during their meeting on Thursday in an aim to improve the reporting of COVID-19 cases.

“’Yan po ang ating objective para mas maging mabuti yung picture natin kung ilan ang total cases natin,” Roque said.

He, however, clarified that these tests will be subjected to confirmatory tests.

The use of antigen test is mostly effective for people who already manifested symptoms within the first five days of their onset as the viral load of the patient is at the highest during this time.

In line with this, the IATF directed the Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development to monitor and facilitate registration of facilities using rapid antigen kits.

They must also ensure that antigen line tests are collected and consolidated from health facilities, localities, as well as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

“Kaugnay nito, ang Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development ay inatasang mag-facilitate ng registration ng facilities na gumagamit ng rapid antigen kits,” he said.

“Augmentation of disease surveillance surveillance staff and encoders are considered to ensure that line lists are generated and submitted on a daily basis,” he added.

As of Sept. 23, the Philippines has 165,780 active COVID-19 cases based on DOH data.

IATF lists COMELEC personnel, political aspirants as APORs ahead of candidacy filing in October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has included the officials and staff of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in the list of authorized persons outside of residences (APOR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this in preparation for the opening of the filing of certificate of candidacy period in October.

Also for the purposes of filing of certificates of nomination and certificates of acceptance of nomination for party-list groups and certification of nomination and acceptance of aspirants for May 2022 elections, the following have also been listed as APORs:

  • Chairperson/president or in their absence the secretary-general or authorized representative of the political party, sectoral party, organization or coalition participating under the party-list system of representation
  • Aspirants or their authorized representatives
  • Companions as authorized under COMELEC Resolution No. 10717 dated August 18
  • Comelec officials/personnel in connection with the submission of hard copies of the COCs and related documents/materials to the COMELEC main office as authorized under COMELEC resolution no. 10717

Under the current guidelines for the alert level system in the National Capital Region, only healthcare workers and returning and departing overseas Filipino workers are considered as APORs.

Roque said the decision was made during the IATF meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The period for the filing of candidacy for the May 2022 elections will take place from October 1 to 8.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.

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