Butuan City – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 (CARAGA) joins Unity Walk and Prayer Rally for a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013. The unity walk and prayer rally is a kick-off activity, which marks the start of the election period. The early walk on Sunday, 13th of January 2013 started from Guingona’s Park to Agusan del Norte covered court this city with the drumbeat of the PNP Band. 

            The newly seated Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Getulio P. Napeñas of this region, in his message, emphasized that the 2013 Elections is a political exercise which must be safe, secure and fair enough. He assured the voters that the PNP together with other agencies involved for the elections will work in unity to achieve a peaceful conduct of the elections. 

            There was a lighting of the Unity Candles during the prayers offered by various religious leaders in the region. Participating agencies aside from the PNP were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Department of Education (DepEd), City Government of Butuan and religious groups. 

         Atty. April Joy Balano, Provincial Election Supervisor of Agusan del Norte led the signing of the Unity Pledge on behalf of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Regional Director Francisco G. Pobe to manifest the firm intent of the voters to uphold the integrity of the election process and to elevate the level of maturity of the Filipino electorates by holding candidates to a law-abiding campaign. (Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, LGOO II)

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