July 17, 2024

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera urged government officials and employees and members of the media who would not be able to vote on May 9 to file their applications for local absentee voting (LAV).
DILG-Cordillera Director Araceli San Jose said Sec. Eduardo Año issued a directive to governors, mayors, and the DILG’s attached agencies to support and ensure the effective implementation of the Commission on Elections’ LAV system and other initiatives.
“We encourage all of our officials and employees assigned outside their jurisdictions to exercise their right to vote via LAV on any day from April 27 to 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” she said.
She said LAV may be used by government officials and employees, including Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel and the Philippine National Police, and media practitioners including their technical and support staff, who are registered voters.
Government employees, on the other hand, may submit their application forms to their heads of offices/supervisors/commanders/officers next-in-rank.
San Jose said under the LAV, voters are allowed to vote for president, vice president, senators, and party-list representatives in places where they are not registered voters but where they are temporarily assigned to perform election duties on election day, or in case of media, those who will not be able to vote due to the performance of their functions in covering and reporting on the elections.
“Government officials and employees who will be posted abroad to perform election duties on election day may also avail of the system.”
The LAV will use manual voting, counting, and canvassing system. It is a voting system in which any person who, due to public functions and duties, is not in his/her place of registration on election day may vote in the city/municipality where he/she is assigned on election day if he/she is a duly registered voter.
According to Comelec Resolution 10725, individuals who like to be part of the LAV must file their accomplished forms (LAV Form 1 and LAV Form 2) not later than March 7. – Pamela Mariz Geminiano