CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held a send-off ceremony for troops who will be securing the upcoming 2019 National and Local Elections, Tuesday morning at the Lapu-Lapu Grandstand, here.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spearheaded the ceremony in collaboration with the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP). Both of which are deputized agencies that will perform various tasks to ensure the peaceful and successful elections.

A total of 809 personnel and 28 vehicles from the AFP; 778 personnel and 23 vehicles from the PNP; and representatives from other stakeholders such as Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health were present in the ceremony. These however were only ceremonial forces as troops have already been pre-deployed in preparation for the elections.

During the ceremony, a total of 98,000 personnel from the AFP, 149,830 from the PNP, and over 1 Million officials and personnel from other agencies, stakeholders and volunteer groups were committed to the COMELEC represented by Commissioner Luie Tito Guia.

These were turned over by AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Major General Isidro Purisima, Deputy Chief PNP for Operations, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa, and USEC Alain Del Pascua, Under Secretary for Administration and Head of Election Task Force DepEd.

COMELEC Commissioner Al Parreno was also present in the ceremony along with the AFP delegation led by its Chief of Staff, General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. and PNP led by its Chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde.

“The send-off ceremony is a fitting testimony of our firm aspiration for a peaceful and successful conduct of the National and Local Elections next week. This also signifies that we are all prepared and ready to be deployed in the different areas where our services and assistance are very much needed,” General Madrigal said.

The National and Local Election will be held on May 13, 2019 for positions comprising of the 12 seats in the Senate of the Philippines; all seats in the House of Representatives; and all provincial-level, city-level, and municipal-level elected positions in the country.