By Helen Castaño | 09:17 PM February 18, 2022
The Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) on Friday afternoon launched a multi-sectoral campaign supporting the government’s efforts for a Secure, Accurate, Free and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2022.
The project, dubbed as KASIMBAYANAN or Simbahan at Pamayanan, was held at Camp Francisco Dagohoy.
The activity was spearheaded by Col. Osmundo Salibo, provincial director of BPPO together with the Command Group, staff officers, chief of police of the different police stations and PHQ personnel in collaboration with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) led by Atty. Eddie Aba, provincial election director, Most Reverend Alberto Uy, Bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran City represented by Rev. Fr. Herbert Deluao, Lt. Col Allyson Depayso, Commanding Officer of the 47th IB, Katapatan Batallion.
Also present were Jerome Gonzales, provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Atty. Peter Bill Elizalde, provincial National Police Commission (Napolcom), Pastor Jonathan Aparre, BPPO E-Gabay Director, Yasmin Almirol Respecia of United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Imam Datu Manong, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Rey Collin Jubac, president of Rotary Club.
The Interfaith Prayer was officiated by Rev. Fr. Deluao, Imam Datu Manong and Pastor Aparre.
Salibo said KASIMBAYANAN is to unite all government agencies, the religious sector and the community in attaining safe, accurate, peaceful and orderly election polls.
The highlights of the activity were the ceremonial lighting of SAFE candles and signing of the pledge of commitment.
Lt. Col. Mary Crystal Peralta, chief of police of Tagbilaran City conveyed the importance of the ceremonial lighting of the S.A.F.E. candles. It was followed by the signing of the “Manifesto” and then the releasing of white doves.
Lt. Thomas Zen Cheung was the event host.