THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said there were fewer areas tagged as election areas of concern this year compared to the 2019 midterm elections.
During the Laging Handa public briefing, DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) registered 300 election areas of concern, which is lower than the 946 recorded to the 2019 mid-term elections, where 546 were placed under the Red category.
According to Malaya, among the 300 election areas of concern this year, only 125 were placed under the Red category.
This means the peace and order situation in the country has improved.
He said that they used the history of fierce conflicts between candidates that resulted to election-related violence as basis to recommend to the Comelec to place grave areas of concern under the Red category.
The Yellow category is for areas with a history of election-related violence but there is no immediate concern, Orange is for areas with threat of armed groups and with immediate concern while Green is for areas without any issue or without any security concern.