The Commission on Elections in a recent forum in Dumaguete City cited the joint efforts of the Negros Oriental police office and the Philippine Army, which resulted in a zero election-related violence experience in the province during the October 2010 elections, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.
Provincial elections supervisor Eddie Aba handed out certificates of appreciation to provincial police director, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, and 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, Col. Manuel Luis Ochotorena, during a Kapihan forum held recently by the PIA.
Both Lawas and Ochotorena were guest speakers during the forum held to discuss the creation of the Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center, a system which synchronized and converged the peace and security functions of the police and the army, the press release said.
Aba said the zero violence incident during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections last year was already an accomplishment of the JPSCC.
“This accomplishment has been noticed by our Comelec Chairman, thus we are giving the PNP and the Army these certificates of appreciation,” Aba said.
Negros Oriental was recognized as the number one province in Region 7 or Central Visayas to complete the electoral process without any election-related violence, the press release added.*
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