Navy activates task force HOPE for polls in La Union

March 13, 2010 1:01 pm 

MANILA, March 13 — To help ensure a successful May 10, 2010 automated elections, joint elements of Philippine Navy (PN), Philippine National Police (PNP), Commission on Elections (Comelec) and other concerned government agencies in La Union participated in the conduct of checkpoints and inspections in the province.

Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo said a command send-off ceremony dubbed as “Operation PN HOPE (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections) La Union 2010” was recently conducted in Naval Forces Northern Luzon with Atty. Joel J. Gines, chairman of Joint Security Control Center La Union, as presiding officer.

The PN Task Group HOPE La Union was created by virtue of the Joint Letter Directive 01-2010, also known as AFP-PNP Joint Security Guidelines for 2010 National and Local Elections. It envisions to further enhance the implementation of the Comelec-imposed gun b,an, deter any election-related violent (ERV) incidents and to contribute to the success of the coming May 10 elections.

Arevalo said The Task Group is composed of six teams with seven personnel each comprising of an officer and six enlisted personnel that will act as traffic officer, searcher, back-up security and recorder.

He said one of the highlights of the ceremony was the inspection of troops by Commodore Jose Luis M. Alano, commander of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, together with Police Senior Superintendent Noli G. Taliòo, Provincial Police Director.

After the presentation and inspection of the troops, Gines gave his message to the troops, emphasizing how every concerned agency is doing its best to assure that the coming automated elections will be a success.

The ceremony concluded by the actual send-off of Task Group HOPE, headed by Commander Edgardo L. Abordo, and the pass-in-review of the troops on board their respective vehicles. (PNA) scs/VR


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