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CPE Supports Quezon City Voters Information Campaign: Ibangon ang Dangal ng Halalan

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment

CPE takes part in the education campaign on cleansing the voters’ list, registration and automated voting. The project is a partnership between the Quezon City Government, COMELEC, Department of Interior and Local Government and and Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER).  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the parties on August 8, 2009.

Basic sectors, especially the poor, have to be enlightened on the importance of voting, particularly this coming 2010 elections.  The upcoming election is an arena wherein the poor has to exercise its power in putting pro-people and reform oriented public officials, both at the national and local level that may open up and widens spaces for people  empowerment process and development both at the national and local level. Good governance will start in having a clean and honest election– a dream that Filipinos have been dreaming for since a long time ago.

By cleansing the voters list, there can be an initial step in having a clean election. People should also be encoraged and motivated to register before October 31, 2009.  The people should also be enlightened on how the voting process will be done through an automated system.  Using computers for the first time in voting and counting brings fear to most people. Fear can be lessened if people are aware of how it is going to be used.

The following is a concept paper prepared by Ms. Etta Rosales of IPER, that explains the concept of the project. By the way, this is the first time that a community-based education campaign is done , especially through partnership between COMELEC, LGU and Civil society organizations.  The schedule and venue of the education sessions are also included. Let us support the voters education campaign.

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BIGYAN NG DANGAL ANG HALALAN

MAGREHISTRO,  BUMOTO,  MAKIALAM!

QC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (IEC)

The Q.C. IEC Campaign is a Voter Education Campaign that is being undertaken through a Memorandum of Understanding by the following stakeholders:  COMELEC, Q.C. Government, DILG and IPER (Institute for Political and Electoral Reform).  The MOU was signed when the Voter Education Campaign was launched last 8 August 2009.

OBJECTIVE AND CAMPAIGN TARGETS

The objective of the campaign is to prepare the Q.C. electorate and government for the coming 2010 elections with the following targets:

  • Ø Give dignity and integrity to the entire electoral process.
  • Ø Empower the electorate (through their organizations and their schools) to participate actively in the electoral process from the time of cleansing of the voters’ list, to registering as a voter, to making independent and informed choices on Election Day.
  • Ø Empower the BARANGAYS through their Education Committees and their Secretaries to help cleanse the Voters’ List by submitting an updated profile of their residents and the qualified voters.
  • Ø Work out full cooperation and coordination of work by the instruments of the City Government: i.e.,

ð Barangay Operations Center (BOC)

ð Liga ng mga Barangay (Q.C. Chapter)

ð SK Federation (Q.C. Chapter)

ð City Civil Registry Office

ð City Health Department

ð Community Relations Office (CRO)

ð Division of City Schools

ð With members of civil society and the school communities.

  • Ø Thus, we undertake the CRV Approach (Cleanse, Register and Vote) in order to ensure that the true votes of the electorate are counted through a cleansed and credible registered voters’ list.
  • Ø We wage information and education through a sweeping campaign that covers all the 142 barangays within twenty four areas of the four districts of Quezon City.

CAMPAIGN  PERIOD AND APPROACH

  • Period: The Campaign period will last the entire month of September, from the first week – September 3 & 4 – to the last week – 24 & 25 September.
  • Sessions: There will be eight IEC Sessions all in all.  These eight sessions shall be divided into the four districts of Quezon City, with each district enjoying two IEC sessions.  Every Session in turn covers three areas.  Since each district shall have two IEC Sessions, these two sessions shall cover a total of six areas.  All six areas shall include the total number of barangays of the particular district.
  • Number of Participants: There will be 375 participants in each session with a total of 3,000 participants covered for the entire September Campaign.  The participants shall be divided into the following categories:
  • 100  = Barangay Captains, Education Committee Chairs and Barangay Secretaries. –  c/o BOC & Liga ng mga Barangay
  • 100 =  Civil society and community organizations – c/o CRO
  • 100 =  NGOs, IPER, First Time Voters/SKs – c/o IPER/CPE Netw.
  • 075 =  School Principals, Teachers and Students
  • Schedule of Activities:

District

Areas Covered

Date/Time

Venue

Expected No. of Participants

I

1, 2 & 3 Sept. 03, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Bagong Pag-asa Covered Court

Rd. 9 Bgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Q.C.

375

I

4, 5 & 6 Sept. 17, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sta. Teresita Covered Court,

Mayon cor. Dapitan Sts.,Bgy. Sta. Teresita, Q.C.

375

II

7, 8 &9 Sept. 04, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Holy Spirit Covered Court, Faustino St. (near Bgy. Hall), Bgy. Holy Spirit, Q.C. 375

II

10, 11 & 12 Sept. 18, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Sta. Monica Covered Court, Moises St. (near Novaliches District Center, Bgy. Sta. Monica, Q.C. 375

III

13, 14 & 15 Sept. 10, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Quirino 2-B Covered Court Langka St. Bgy. Quirino 2-B, Q.C. 375

III

16, 17 & 18 Sept. 24, 2009

8:00 am-4:00 pm

BAgumbuhay  Covered Court

Malvar St., Bgy. Bagumbuhay , Q.C.

375

IV

19, 20 & 21 Sept. 11, 2009

8:00am-4:00pm

Bernardo Park Covered Court,

Barangay  Pinagkaisahan, Q.C.

375

IV

22, 23 & 24 Sept. 25, 2009

8:00am-4:00 pm

Pinyahan Covered Court,

along Malakas St., Bgy. Pinyahan, Q.C.

375

Schedule of Activities Prepared by the BOC

Finalized and Approved by the Q.C. IEC Steering Committee

Aug. 27, 2009