NCRPO installs hi-tech tracking devices to mobile patrols transporting election paraphernalia

April 25, 2010 12:41 pm 

MANILA, April 25 – As part of its efforts to ensure orderly elections in May, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has equipped all patrol vehicles tasked to transport election paraphernalia, including PCOS machines, with tracking devices.

This was announced by no less than NCRPO chief Director Roberto Rosales, who also emphasized that NCRPO strike force were tapped to secure the transportation of election materials as ordered by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Already, Rosales said all police mobile patrol vehicles that will be used to transport the PCOS machines, ballot boxes and election paraphernalia are already equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices.

”This is to ensure that the security convoy strictly follows the schedule and route provided by the Commission on Elections and to enable an immediate response should any untoward incident should occur,” said Rosales.

The NCRPO is tasked to transport 7,555 PCOs machines and ballot boxes, 6.13 million ballots and other election paraphernalia from the Comelec warehouse to the regional hub and then to the 743 polling centers all over Metro Manila.

PDIR Rosales said the hauling of the PCOS machines, ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia will start on April 28, 2010.

The security convoy team will come from NCRPO’s strike force, the Regional Public Safety Management Battalion (RPSMB).

Rosales said that security personnel are equipped with digital trunked radios and high-powered firearms. It will be headed by an officer acting as the Convoy Commander.

”The cargo trucks would be led and tailed by patrol vehicles. The local police that has jurisdiction on the area along the route on which the convoy will pass have been tasked to provide additional security using their patrol personnel and Tactical Deployment Teams,” said Rosales.

The NCRPO assured the public that the police, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines being deputies of the Comelec, have taken and will implement measures that are designed to guarantee the integrity of the ballots.

“Keeping the PCOS machines and the ballots safe and secured is just one of our many tasks so that we could have an honest, orderly and peaceful elections here in Metro Manila. The employment of GPS Tracking Device will greatly help us in monitoring the PCOS machines every time that they are moved from the hub to the polling centers and vice versa,” said Rosales.

Aside from this, the NCRPO has also setup its Regional Elections Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) inside its modern Regional Tactical Operations and Intelligence Center (RTOIC).

From its remote site inside Camp Bagong Diwa, the REMAC will receive all election-related information from the different District Offices and Police Stations. (PNA)

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