Pagpupulong ng Mamamayan at Lingkod-Bayan
Handog ng PPCRV at Namfrel sa Botanteng Pilipino
July 16, 2009
Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila
Mga sektor na magsisidalo:
Edukasyon, Kababaihan, Manggagawa, OFW, May Kapansanang Pinoy (PWD), Maralita
Francis Escudero, Joseph Estrada, Richard Gordon, Loren Legarda, Ed Panlilio, Mar Roxas
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) will be holding a registration drive for first time voters on Friday, February 27, 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila. This is part of the PPCRV-NAMFREL-CEAP-COMELEC ongoing project – Bagong BIDA be the change Botanteng Pilipino – Magpalista Ka! – aimed at drawing the students’ participation in the 2010 elections.
Mr. Albert Oasan, San Beda College NSTP Faculty
Facilitator who also heads the Namfrel Manila
Chapter, thought of coming up with this activity in
line with the NSTP Week. "We are encouraging our
students to be involved in community initiatives
that promote volunteerism and vigilance in
safeguarding the electoral process, which is a goal
of NSTP," said Mr. Oasan as he announced the
particular theme of the event: "Guiding First Time
Voters Towards Vigilance and Responsible Voting".
The National Service Training Program (NSTP) is part
of the curriculum aimed at encouraging college
students to conduct community service.
Some 200 first time voters who are residents of the 4th and 6th districts of Manila are expected to register in the Satellite Registration Center that COMELEC is setting up in the SBC campus. Aside from San Beda College, students from University of the East, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Sebastian College, Centro Escolar University and Far Eastern University will also be joining the event.
COMELEC Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Leonardo Leonida will be the resource speakers of the event and at the same time oversee the conduct of the registration.
"Mendiola where San Beda College is located has been a traditional site for the manifestation of the Filipinos’ advocacy for freedom and democracy. It is also the cradle of student formation. I am hopeful that this special registration of young voters on Friday 27 February 2009, will signal the pro-active engagement of our nation’s Bagong BIDA – the Filipino youth voters," beamed Amb. Henrietta de Villa, NAMFREL-PPCRV National Chairperson.
Starting September 2000, regional and provincial meetings were held to prime the various chapters on the tasks that needed to be accomplished in preparation for the 2001 elections.
Members of the Executive Committee, the National Secretariat and Regional Directors were among those that were deployed to the various provinces to brief volunteers on Namfrel’s operational plans, and where necessary, assist in re-organizing the provincial chapter.
The provincial meetings focused on chapter organizational preparations for the May polls. Among the concerns raised were mobilization and training of volunteers, sourcing of financial and logistical assistance to support the chapter’s operations, Comelec’s implementation of the election automation, advocacy efforts not only for clean and honest elections but also for intelligent voting among voters and improving or enhancing relationship of the Namfrel chapter with Comelec and other deputized agencies.
Aside from the provincial and regional sorties, Namfrel also conducted briefing and trainings on the Operation Count to students from different colleges and universities and various civic, business and religious organizations.
More than 300 provincial and NCR chairpersons and OQC chairpersons, representatives from Namfrel’s supporting organizations, donors and various guests gathered together for a two-day national assembly to discuss Namfrel’s final operational plans for the May 2001 elections.
Participants of the assembly, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Manila, were not only briefed on the different aspects of the Operation Quick Count but were also updated on the state of preparedness of Comelec and its deputized agencies.