ZSPPO to spearhead unity walk, bike for peace, covenant signing

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By Gideon C. Corgue (FPG/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, March 14 (PIA) – With a sincere commitment to making the May 9, 2016 polls peaceful, the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) is now implementing its Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016 program by holding Unity Walk, Bike for Peace, and the Signing of Peace Covenant between and among local candidates.

Police Senior Superintendent (P/SSupt.) Michael M. Nicolas, acting provincial director, said the Philippine National Police (PNP), as deputized by the Comelec, is tasked to conduct strict implementation of the law and special operations to maintain peace and order and provide the necessary protection for the citizenry.

Nicolas said on March 15, at 5 a.m. the Pagadian City Police Station, Labangan Municipal Police Station and Tukuran Municipal Police Station will conduct simultaneously a unity walk, bike for peace and signing of covenant by all participants, political leaders, and candidates as a commitment for safe and secure elections.

Nicolas said the unity walk will start at wharf area and will end at Taclobo Stage, Plaza Luz to be followed by a program and the signing of covenant.

The bike for peace, Nicolas said would also start at the wharf area via Labangan town and to end in Tukuran municipality.

The police provincial director said these activities also aim to enhance community awareness and appreciation on the conduct of peaceful election through unity and solidarity, sustain strong alliances with concerned government agencies, councils of community elders, non-government organizations, media and general public, and to enhance the skills and knowledge of police community relations (PCR) personnel in developing good relations toward the public during political exercises.

In the implementation of the activities, Nicolas saw the need of “an active participation of the community and a unified effort of the different government agencies for peaceful synchronized May 9, 2016 national and local elections.