MANILA-- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be working together for the construction of the poll body's building.
This after Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Monday, wherein the latter will provide consultancy services for the construction of the poll body's main office building and integrated field offices (IFOs).
"The Comelec has been a renter for too long and we are looking forward to finally having a building that will physically reflect the institution's Constitutionally mandated independence as well as providing secure facilities for the management of future automated elections, and adequate working space for various election related undertakings," he said in a statement.
Bautista explained that the proposed structure includes the construction of a multi-purpose facility and secure warehouse for the storage of election equipment and supplies.
"Having these facilities clustered together in one place enhances our ability to secure them, while also making it easier to ensure the transparency and efficiency of our operations," he said.
Bautista added, "Our stakeholders will appreciate the ease with which they will soon be able to keep abreast of developments within the Commission."
He noted that the MOA with the DPWH also paved the way for the Comelec's thrust to strengthen its presence in the field, through the construction of IFOs.
Under existing law, local government units (LGUs) are mandated to provide facilities for local Comelec offices.
"While in many instances these concerns are unfounded, it would still be better for local Comelec offices not to be under any cloud of suspicion. Comelec-built IFOs will provide that of guarantee for the public," Bautista said.
Source: Philippine News Agency