CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) – Isabela initially met yesterday security and law enforcement agencies in the province and discussed security preparations in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Atty. Manuel Castillo, provincial election supervisor, said the police and army officials were present during the Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Council (PJCC) meeting yesterday in preparation for the upcoming 2016 elections and assesses the security situations in the province and in its localities.

Castillo said that in previous two elections in 2010 and 2013, PJCC identified 13 municipalities and cities of Isabela as areas of concern and areas of immediate concern where security personnel were deployed to ensure the smooth flow of elections in the areas identified.

He said that in next year’s elections, the PJCC is still assessing the security situation for the upcoming elections as they consider that some of the 13 identified as areas of concern and areas of immediate concern in previous elections has unopposed candidates that are running for local posts.

Castillo said the council will further assess and meet in the future when the election campaign has started.

Among the municipalities that were identified by Comelec as areas of concern in the two previous elections that have unopposed candidates are the City of Ilagan, municipalities of Roxas, Alicia, and the four coastal towns of Isabela. Merlito G. Edale/PNA