SIX months before the upcoming mid-term national and local elections on May 13, 2013, the Northern Police District led by its director Chief Supt. Antonio Decano is already setting up off the proper coordination with various stakeholders as well as the election officers and DepEd superintendents in CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area.

This writer was informed by a good friend, Supt. Ferdinand Del Rosario, NPD’s public information officer, that the district headquarters is conducting a two-day seminar workshop on Secured and Fair Elections or S.A.F.E.

While the National Police Headquarters and Comelec have yet to come up with security manual with regard to the next year’s polls it is necessary for the police commanders to anticipate and draw this early their respective plans on election-related security matters based on the previous election experiences.

“CAMANAVA Chiefs-of-Police in coordination with their respective election officers and school super-visors can exchange notes on the best practices that can be adopted and come up with their own plans that suit the local security situation in their areas,” says Gen. Decano.

The seminar workshop which is the first among the series of coordination that’s being conducted together with the concerned agencies is part of NPD’s security preparation for the May 2013 polls, the good general is saying.

It’s primarily aimed at establishing the tasks of the agencies which will play sensitive roles for another crucial event in our nation’s history, according to Col. Del Rosario. It also intends to address the probable scenarios and sort-out possible security related problems that may occur and destabilize the conduct of secured and fair elections.

Gen. Decano assures that the entire PNP, faced with the vital task to ensure a clean electoral process free from violence, anomalous practices and unlawful activities that contradict the true purpose of the elections, will continuously pursue rigid and vigilant security measures in the implementation of Comelec Omnibus Rules such as gun ban, liquor ban and checkpoints.

He adds: “Your NPD will put our best efforts, work twice as hard and perform our duties diligently to ensure the public that the elections will be secured, fair, orderly and peaceful all throughout CAMANAVA area.”

Business Summit in Navotas

Over 1,000 business owners, government policymakers and civil society representatives are expected to join the 4th Annual Busi-ness Forum initiated by the Navotas City government on November 29.

This year’s theme, “Dealing with Entrepreneur’s Approach in Achieving Business Growth,” aims to discuss focal points in achieving and sustaining business growth as well as to encourage local economic integration, says Mayor John Rey Tiangco.

He says that one of the purposes of the summit is to hear out the concerns of the business tax-payers and learn how they can further improve services to established and young entrepreneurs in the city.

Dean Francisco “Pax” Lapid, Go Negosyo Angelpreneur, and ex-mayor and now Rep. Toby Tiangco, a successful businessman before he entered public service, will grace the event to share ins-pirational messages to the participants.

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