CAPTION: What used to be standard fare during the filing of Certificates of Candidacy at the COMELEC—crowds, festive atmosphere—will be missing this time around, with the electoral office requesting the candidates and their supporters to strictly observe physical distancing. Love Negros and the United Negros Alliance have, therefore, agreed to file their CoCs in batches./iNews
BACOLOD CITY–Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer will file their Certificates of Candidacy on the very first day of filing, October 1, between 3 pm and 4 pm.
Lacson bared he will arrive at the Provincial COMELEC with First District Rep. Gerardo Valmayor.
The vice governor, he said, will file his COC on the same day but at a different time with his wife, Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (4th district).
The governor also said that Love Negros and United Negros Alliance (UNegA) have agreed to file in batches to comply with the request of the COMELEC to observe physical distancing.
Rep. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo (5th district) will also file her COC on the same date, as other provincial officials.
On October 1, those from the 3rd district will file from 8 am-9 am; 4th district, 9 am-10 am; 2nd district, 10 am-11 am, and the 5th district from 11 am-12 noon.
In the afternoon, it will be the 1st district’s turn from 1 pm-2 pm, and the 6th district’s from 2 pm-3 pm.
The provincial COMELEC Office will temporarily hold office at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall from October 1 to 10, a request Atty. Ma. Fatima Aspan, provincial election officer, said she made to the governor in anticipation of the unusual number of people who will transact with COMELEC during those days.
She also reminded candidates to fill up the health declaration forms before filing their COC.
Aspan said that, contrary to national candidates, local candidates are no longer required to submit negative RT-PCR Test results prior to filing their candidacies but that only 10 individuals can be accommodated at a time at the Social Hall during the filing period.
Furthermore, she said, those who wish to show their support for their candidates and political parties may do so but only at the Capitol grounds, all the while observing proper physical distancing.
Along with the wearing of face masks and face shields, candidates are required to present their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) from their respective political parties.
COMELEC will accept COCs for governor, vice governor, members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan, and district or congressional representatives, she added.
It was learned that the consolidation of all the COCs coming from out of town will be done between October 9 and 10. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)