HALFWAY through the voter registration period, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has expanded the coverage of its pilot testing of the Register Anywhere Project (RAP).

In an advisory, the Comelec announced that more types of transactions will be accommodated in RAP booths in selected sites.

“The commission has approved the expanded coverage of the Register Anywhere Project (RAP) to include the reception of other applications,” said the Comelec.

The expansion allows RAP to accommodate applications for transfer of overseas voters back to the Philippines (post to local); of residents of the city/district, where the RAP sites are located; and of senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs), who are new registrants or will update their records.

Originally, RAP only accept and process applications for new registration; and transfer of registration record from another city/municipality/district.

And for applicants intending to transfer from Post to Local, they are required to accomplish the OVF-1B Form, in addition to the local Revised CEF-1 Form.

On the other hand, senior citizens and persons with disabilities who will update their records must accomplish the Supplementary Data Form.

The Comelec said all forms are available free of charge at the RAP sites, and may also be downloaded from its website: www.comelec.gov.ph.

In a related development, the poll body has transferred one of the eight mall-based RAP sites, particularly the one in southern Metro Manila.

“The RAP site in SM Southmall in Las Piñas City will be transferred to SM Sucat in Parañaque City beginning January 7, 2023,” said the Comelec.

The other seven mall-based RAP sites are Robinsons Place in Manila, Robinsons Galeria in Quezon City, SM Fairview in Quezon City, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Robinsons Tacloban in Tacloban City, SM City Legazpi in Legazpi City, and Robinsons Naga in Naga City.

To note, the RAP is open January 7 to 8, 14 to 15, and 21 to 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)