Comelec: Poll results, data undamaged by fire

August 2, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 149 views

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday assured that election results and data are safe, secure, intact, and unaffected as all servers and vaults were undamaged by the fire that hit the 7th floor of the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, where the Comelec main office is located, last Sunday.

Comelec spokesperson Rex Laudiangco said that while the reception area was damaged, there was no fire damage to the IT Department’s (ITD) main room, which was adjacent to the reception area, except for the wet floor.

“All Comelec servers and vaults, located at the ITD, including all equipment and documents in all offices and departments at the Main Office, are safe, intact, undamaged, and secure,” Laudiangco said.

“As to the Election Results and Data, please note that the same are safe, secure, intact and unaffected, and remain to be on live posting, both at the Comelec official website ( and the Election Results Website ( Back-up of such is intact and safe as well, kept as well at our secured vault,” he added.

The spokesperson also assured that Voter’s Registration Data is safe and was not damaged, stored in a secured vault, with the backup at a secured off-site location dedicated for the purpose.

He likewise reported that all Comelec personnel were safe and accounted for and that other departments on the seventh floor and other floors were safe.

Laudiangco said all Comelec employees based at the Palacio will be on a work-from-home basis on Monday due to the fire.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported that a fire broke out at the Palacio del Gobernador on Sunday evening, which started on the seventh floor of the building.

The fire was raised to the first alarm at 6:53 p.m. and reached the second alarm at 7:02 p.m.

The blaze was eventually controlled at 8:05 p.m. and declared fire out at 8:16 p.m.