PCG to provide escorts to vessels transporting PCOS, poll paraphernalia

April 27, 2010 8:06 pm 

MANILA, April 27 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been tapped to deploy sea marshals and escorts in vessels that would be transporting precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia to the provinces.

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Acting Secretary Anneli Lontoc issued a directive to extend help in providing security in transporting equipment.

“You are hereby directed to provide all the necessary assistance to the Comelec on the nationwide deployment of the ballot boxes and PCOS by way of “uninterrupted conveyance,” said Lontoc in her directive to Tamayo.

“Through this assistance, all election equipment and paraphernalia will be delivered on time to all consignees before the final testing and sealing of PCOS machines on or before 07 May 2010,” she added.

Tamayo said the directive is also pursuant to Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution.

The OCG commandant said full coordination will be conducted with poll body through DOTC, the mother unit of the PCG.

The PCG commandant said there are vessels which have been hired to transport equipment for elections.

However, Tamayo said the PCG’s task is to help provide the sea marshals and the security escorts.

Among those tapped to transport the equipment were the forwarding services of Argo International Forwarders, Inc., Ace Logistics, Inc, and Germalin Enterprises, Inc. (PNA) DCT/JES

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