In its Resolution No. 10210, Comelec designated the DILG and Napolcom to check any groups which may attempt to disrupt the BSKE and to make periodic assessment of the peace and order situation in possible election hotspots.
DILG and Napolcom were also tasked to secure the polling centers, canvassing centers, paraphernalia, equipment, and other supplies, which will be used for the BSKE.
“The DILG and Napolcom are hereby deputized… to deploy at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned regional Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer,” Comelec said.
Resolution 10210 will take effect seven days after it has been published in two newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines.
Comelec has already put up checkpoints in each city or municipality with the start of the election period yesterday for the 2017 BSKE.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they had not monitored any election-related violence as of yesterday.
The gun ban and other election-related prohibitions will be in effect during the election period, which will end on Oct. 30.
Comelec preparations for the 2017 BSKE are ongoing since President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign the bill resetting both polls from its original Oct. 23 schedule to May, 2018.