Intermittent heavy rains and strong winds brought by tropical storm “Ofel” postponed the planned relocation of a voters' registration desk of the Commission on Elections to the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City intended to provide easy access to persons with disabilities.
Dumaguete City Election Officer Carmencita Cañares had earlier said the decision to move the registration desk to the park will ensure accessibility and convenience for PWDs.
She said more PWDs are expected to register until the October 31 deadline.
Cañares said about 68,500 Dumagueteños have registered for next year's election, and the number could increase to 71,000 when the final list of voters has been approved by the Comelec in Manila.
She called on those yet to list-up to do so before the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has suspended sea travel to and from Dumaguete due to rough seas.
Gov. Roel Degamo also advised Negrenses living near rivers, streams and landslide-prone areas to evacuate to safer grounds.
He appealed for the cooperation of residents with their local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council whenever they are asked to evacuate for safety reasons as the strong rains could bring heavy floods similar to tropical storm “Sendong” on December 17, 2011.
He instructed the Provincial Engineer's Office to prepare the heavy equipment in case of landslides or other incidents.
He also asked the people to pray for the intercession of Saint Pedro Calungsod to make the province safe from any disaster.*JFP/MA
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