"It is better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness"

Namfrel is the pioneer in election monitoring. It started with the establishment of the operations registration committee in 1957. In the 60’s and early 70’s, the Citizens National Electoral Assembly (CNEA) was organized by then Comelec chairman Jaime Ferrer with bishop Mariano Gaviola as chairman together with Jose Concepcion, Jr. of Namfrel and Charito Planas as secretary general.  Namfrel’s commitment to clean elections was best shown during the 1986 snap presidential elections with over 500,000 volunteers who offered their time, energy and even their lives, to preserve the sanctity of the ballot.

Since 1984, namfrel has been accredited by the Comelec to conduct the Operation Quick Count (OQC). Namfrel was accredited in 21 electoral exercises. 

Namfrel Heroes, Mending The Flag, Timeline, Electoral Exercises

Vision and Mission

NAMFREL's vision is to strengthen democracy through helping ensure clean, honest and credible elections and to empower the electorate to elect competent, honest public officials whose main reason for seeking public office is to render real public service.
To achieve this vision, NAMFREL should lead in promoting volunteerism towards: 
Advocacy for meaningful election reform through legislation and policy that ensure participative, transparent and credible elections;
Support for citizens oversight over election bodies;
Voters’ education so that citizens realize the power of their votes; and
Continuing assessment of elected officials’ and political parties’ accountability for their duties and responsibilities, campaign promises and platform of government.
NAMFREL will continue to focus on the vision and mission of ensuring that all elections reflect the true will of the informed voters.


Chairman Emeritus Mr. Jose S. Concepcion, Jr.
Senior Adviser Atty. Ricardo J. Romulo
National Chairperson Mr. Augusto C. Lagman
Treasurer Mr. Angel S. Averia, Jr.
Finance Committee Chair Mr. Edward S. Go
Membership Committee Chair Mr. Damaso G. Magbual
Projects Committee Chair Ms. Corazon H. Ignacio
Systems Committee Chair Ms. Ma. Corazon M. Akol
Secretary General Mr. Eric Jude O. Alvia

Mr. David L. Balangue Atty. Reynaldo G. Geronimo
Mrs. Corazon S. de la Paz-Bernardo Mr. Joel A. Layson
Ms. Edna Estifania A. Co Atty. Salma T. Rasul

Office Supervisor/ Volunteer Management Associate Ms. Josefa C. Aportadera
Messenger / Office Aide Mr. Jeffrey F. Falco


A National Council, consisting of the heads of the major national organizations participating in Namfrel governs Namfrel at the national level. An Executive Committee implemented policies and plans of the organization and supervised the activities of the committees under it.

Namfrel was organized into 80 provincial and 17 city/municipal chapters in the National Capital Region. At the local level, a chairperson represented Namfrel in each of the 1,609 cities and municipalities throughout the country. Each of these chapters was responsible for manning all the polling places in all the voting centers within the city/municipality in the conduct of Namfrel’s OQC.

Namfrel Organization



Invest in Namfrel

Your support for NAMFREL would enable us to continue serving our volunteers, and guide their collective energy and expertise for the greatest possible impact on the challenges we have identified in line with our advocacies. Your support would be an investment in Filipino volunteerism that would be invested right back into the country. At a time of financial crisis, it would be an investment with real returns.

If you are an individual or an organization willing to make this commitment and would like to know how you could help, please send us a short message with your contact details through secretariat@namfrel.com.ph. A member of our team would get in touch with you shortly thereafter.

Email: secretariat@namfrel.com.ph

Contact Us

Unit 601, DMG Center, Domingo M. Guevara St. corner Calbayog Extension, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

    Email: secretariat@namfrel.com.ph     CALL NAMFREL at (632) 451-1586 (Landline)   CALL NAMFREL at (632) 736-0969 (Landline)     CALL NAMFREL at (63) 939-1102872 (Smart)      CALL NAMFREL at (63) 0927-2443781 (Globe)

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