TaskForce 2010 and First Time Voters Project 100 Launched in Northern Mindanao and Luzon

29 04 2009

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Citizens Care and Youth groups in Iligan led the launch of Task Force 2010 and First Time Voters’ Project in Mindanao last April 18-21, 2009.

Citizen’s Care and First Time Voters’ Network, members of Task Force 2010, formally introduced the TaskForce and First Time Voters’ Project 100 in Northern Mindanao.

The SK Federation together with Iligan youth groups led FTV’s campaign on voters’ registration, voters’ education and youth agenda building.

“The youth sector is just one of the vulnerable sectors that TaskForce2010 is concentrating in. The task force is bent on encouraging the maximum participation of the internally displaced, elderly, people with disability, migrant workers, detainees, and indigeneous people in the 2010 elections, thus our group’s involvement in these initiatives,” says Salic Ibrahim, Convenor of C-Care ARMM.

Task Force 2010 is a consortium and partnership between and among various election watchdogs aiming to push for the needed reforms in the electoral process.

Task Force 2010 is initially composed of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER), Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), La Salle Justice and Peace Commission (LSJPC), Citizen’s Care, Inc. (C-CARE), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Teachers and Employees for Change, Education Reforms and Solidarity (TEACHERS, Inc.), Philippine Society of NSTP Educators, Inc. (PSNEI), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), First Time Voters Network (FTV), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Confederation of Independent Unions (CIU), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Caucus of Development NGO and CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NSSA).

The SK Federation together with Iligan youth leaders actively participated in the 3-day launch which consisted of a youth consultative forum in Mindanao State University, a press conference in Lailai Restaurant and a community hopping in the biggest barangays of Iligan. Also present in the launch was Atty. Anna Sabio  from COMELEC Region 10.

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First Time Voters Network National Convenor, Paula Bianca Lapuz said that the Iligan launch was only the first in a series of FTV launches in all of Mindanao and the country. The group initially launched in Taytay, Rizal last April 17, 2009, where the local groups of FTV Rizal conducted a series of activities which included a community hop, an off-site registration center in a barangay, and a register to vote concert where 500-1000 young people were present.

“After visiting Iligan, I also met with some groups in Cagayan de Oro for the possible launching of FTV in CDO,” quips Lapuz.

FTV Network in Isabela will also have a big launch in Santiago City this May 3, 2009, through a concert dubbed as Isabela Youth Jam 2009 where young people from all over the province and its nearby areas are expected to attend. The Network has already conducted successful simultaneous small launches in all barangays in Isabela during the last week of April. A series of political education will follow the youth jam, as a part FTV’s campaign to inform young people of the country’s current political situation and the former’s great role in shaping the country’s politics.

Similar activities are being conducted in other areas of FTV such as Makati, Manila, Quezon City, Manadaluyong, Cebu City, etc., in order to encourage young people to participate meaningfully in all electoral processes leading to 2010 and beyond.

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SK Federation sa Iligan, hugtanong nagsuporta sa FTV 100

23 04 2009
Hugtanong gisuportahan sa Sangguniang Kabataan Federation sa Iligan ubos sa pagpangulo ni Konsehal Erika Rae Cruz ang kampanya karon sa grupo sa kabatan-onan sa nasud nga First Time Voters 100 (FTV 100).

Kini mao ang pagdasig sa batan-on nga masalmot sa umaabot nga pili-ay sa Mayo tuig 2010 pinaagi una sa pagparehistro sa Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ug padayong magpakabana ug manginlabot aron bag-ohon ang electoral process sa nasud.

Gipaningkamutan karon sa batan-ong konsehal nga makakumbinsi og dili moubos sa usa gatus ka mga youth organizations dinhi sa dakbayan nga mamahimong aktibo sa FTV 100 Campaign.

Niadtong adlaw’ng Sabado, Abril 18, uban sa presensiya sa national coordinator sa FTV 100 nga si Paula Bianca Lapuz, namugna na ang FTV Council sa Iligan nga gipanguluhan karon ni Mark Lynjor Tating kinsa naggikan sa Mezamee Youth Organization.

Giabi-abi ni Konsehal Cruz ang konsepto nga dako’g papel ang kabatan-onan sa pagbag-o sa dagway sa politika sa nasud. (mta)





Comelec rejects hacking prize

21 04 2009

By Mayen Jaymalin Updated April 21, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked yesterday a proposal to give P100 million in rewards to those who could successfully hack into the automated election system for the 2010 polls.

James Jimenez, Comelec spokesman, said the poll body welcomes hackers, but offering a reward “is out of the question.”

“The Comelec has already made an announcement that it is set to employ ethical hackers who will be contractually obligated to test the system for weaknesses so we can have it addressed before implementation,” Jimenez said.

He, however, stressed that the poll body is strongly against the P100-million prize money proposed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

“If there is anyone who should be offering a reward, it should be the vendors and not the Comelec,” he said.

Jimenez agreed with Sen. Loren Legarda that there is no man-made system on Earth that is perfect and foolproof.

But he explained that there are enough safeguards in the law and regulations are in place to prevent tampering.

“If there are experts saying that the poll computer system can be hacked, there are also those who say that hacking or tampering can be prevented, so let us give poll automation a try in 2010,” Jimenez said.

He assured voters that the Comelec has enough safeguards to thwart any attempt to undermine the automated 2010 elections.

Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Pangilinan warned the Comelec of massive disenfranchisement of first-time voters in the next year’s elections due to lack of information campaign.

Pangilinan said the Comelec has informed the joint congressional oversight committee that only about 10 percent of qualified first-time voters have registered with the agency.

“Voter registration information drive is a must to avoid massive disenfranchisement. The Comelec has six more months to maximize their efforts.”

Pangilinan said the Comelec should go “all-out in information dissemination” to get Filipinos to register for the 2010 elections.

In his privilege speech last week, Pangilinan said there are many alarming reports that first-time voters, especially among the youth, are confused about the processes of getting registered.

“Some precincts ask for NBI clearance, birth certificate and other documentds which are not needed. Because of wrong or incomplete information, a lot of our first-time voters are discouraged from lining up to register,” he said.

After yesterday’s Senate hearing, the Comelec resolved to come up with a media plan within two weeks, coordinating with Pangilinan’s office and concerned advocate groups, including Youth Vote Philippines, First-Time Voters’ Network, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Taskforce 2010, among others.

source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=459606&publicationSubCategoryId=63





Comelec eyes YouTube stardom to lure voters

21 04 2009

By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:39:00 04/21/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Internet, Computing & Information Technology, Eleksyon 2010, Youth

MANILA, Philippines—First it was rock star Arnel Pineda. Then came child singer Charice Pempengco.

Maybe the next Pinoy YouTube sensation will be the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

With only six months left for the registration of new voters but only 10 percent of the country’s estimated 1.9 million “first-time” voters having registered, the Comelec is planning to tap the Internet to woo more registrants.

Comelec Chair Jose Melo told the congressional oversight committee on the automated elections that the Comelec was planning to use the Internet, particularly YouTube, and other media to encourage more new voters to register for the 2010 elections.

“Yes. That would help,” Melo said at the meeting attended by senators and congressmen.

Melo said the Comelec would try to come up with a media campaign plan because so far only 191,000—out of the 1.9 million new voters who just turned 18—have registered since January. The registration period ends on Oct. 31.

There are also 1.15 million old “voters” who have yet to register. The country currently has around 44 million registered voters.

Fear of disenfranchisement

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan warned that the low turnout could lead to a “massive disenfranchisement” of “first-time” voters due to a lack of information campaign by the Comelec.

“Voter registration information drive is a must to avoid massive disenfranchisement. The Comelec itself admits that only 10 percent of qualified first-time voters have registered. That Comelec has six more months to maximize,” Pangilinan said.

Besides a media plan, the Comelec will also coordinate with youth organizations and advocate groups like Youth Vote Philippines, First-Time Voters’ Network, National Union of Students of the Philippines and Task Force 2010 to encourage more voters to register.

Melo said that while the Comelec would try to woo more voters, it would also be busy ensuring that automated elections proceed in 2010.

Stumbling block

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero had questioned Comelec officials during the meeting about the procurement law’s requirement that a bidder-firm for the election automation project should be controlled by a majority of Filipinos.

He said this could run counter to the Comelec requirement that bidders should have a track record of having finished in the last three years 60 percent of a project similar to the election automation program.

Escudero said this could be a stumbling block to the automation plan since there was no Filipino firm with such a track record.

Birth pangs

Melo replied that the Comelec could require that the foreign partners of these Filipino bidders be the ones to handle the technical matters of operating the automated election machines.

“My opinion there is that the joint venture (scheme of foreign and Filipino bidders) is only a formality so that there would be a Filipino partner. However, it is not really the Filipino who will have control,” Melo said.

“That can be specified in the contract (Comelec will sign for the project). These are really the birth pangs because the system is new. We are not yet used to this and many want to stay with the status quo,” he added.

He said the Comelec would decide whether to proceed with the automation of next year’s elections after the bids for the project were opened on April 27.

“We will try to do whatever we can to push through with the automated polls, (but) if there are no bidders with acceptable bids, then we go manual,” Melo said.





Task Force 2010

19 04 2009

By Patrick Adrianne N. Cabusay, Special to The Manila Times

Responding to the challenge of strengthening democracy and restoring trust in our electoral process is the primary aim of Task Force 2010, a movement formed by different election watchdogs.

Task Force 2010 (TF2010) is a coalition of election watchdogs in the Philippines, joining hands to unite in the spirit of EDSA, that aims to restore the trust of the Filipinos in the electoral process by improving the upcoming ARMM elections, 2010 elections and beyond.

The idea of setting up this coalition was inspired by the late Commission on elections’ (Comelec) Commissioner Romeo Brawner’s “Ten-point Agenda for 2008 [ONWARDS]” and Commissioner Rene Sarmiento’s discussion on electoral reforms entitled “Building the House of Electoral Reforms for 2010 and Beyond.”

TF2010 is composed of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, Center for Migrant Advocacy, La Salle Justice and Peace Commission, Citizen’s Coalition for ARMM Electoral Reform, Inc., Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, Teachers and Employees for Change, Education Reforms and Solidarity, Philippine Society of NSTP Educators Incorporated, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, First Time Voters Network, Confederation of Independent Union, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and The Institute for Political and Electoral Reform—a diverse group of the parish sector, civil society groups and the academe.

The movement’s objective is to awaken the people, especially the youth, into knowing, reflecting on, and doing something about the current situation of Philippine elections and democracy.

Task Force 2010 is determined in pursuing the electoral reform agenda such as to support and push for the general registration of voters, the Cleansing of the List of Registered Voters, and the massive mobilization for electoral participation of the vulnerable sectors, namely, the youth, the elderly, differently-abled, detainees, indigenous peoples, internally displaced persons, and the overseas Filipino workers; enhancement of voters education and information campaign on registration; strengthen ties with other networks and election stakeholders; the full implementation of R.A. 8436, as amended by R.A. 9369, or the automated election systems project.

Its priority is to guide the vulnerable sectors of the society, identified as detainees, first time voters/youth, elderly, indigenous people, internally displaced persons, differently-abled persons, and migrant workers, in the exercise of their sovereign electoral right. These vulnerable sectors identified make up most percentage of the voters, particularly the youth who compose 60 percent.

The group is continually coordinating with other election watch-dogs including Comelec and Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, said Fr. I.J. Chan-Gonzaga, SJ, executive director of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, to ensure coordinated and concerted efforts in guiding the electoral process.

TF2010 is already talking to the locals. “It has launched its regional decks this March. Through these regional decks empower locals in participating and giving out their opinions,” he added.

The group also encourages people to come up with their own plans and initiatives to guard and reform the whole electoral process. They gave four steps to guide the people on what they can possibly do to help the campaign:

Step 1: Exercise your right. Go out and register.

Step 2: Share the information and help people responsibly exercise their political rights.

Step 3: Empower vulnerable sectors to register and vote in 2010

Step 4: Take the extra mile—volunteer to possibly do any of these:

1. Attend activities of TF 2010. You will be notified of these activities.

2. Contribute time, if you have, to help the secretariat.

3. Contribute creative work.

4. Blog about TF 2010 activities.

5. Donate resources.

6. Invite TF 2010 lead convenors to speak before your school, organization etc.

7. Host a public forum, dialogue, stakeholders meeting, barangay hall meeting for TF 2010 activities

8. Adopt the TF 2010 campaign in your local community

9. Organize in your local communities a group that would monitor the on-going registration process.

10. Assist Comelec in the conduct of registration, if asked.

11. File exclusion proceedings in court of those on the voter’s list but you personally know are disqualified to be part of the list—with the help of volunteer lawyers of TF 2010, you can weed out names that shouldn’t be in the voters list.

Source: Manila Times





FTV 100 Launch in Rizal!

17 04 2009
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First Time Voters Register Protest against GMA’s Charter Change

15 04 2009

Youth group, First Time Voters Network, denounced moves to amend the Constitution before 2010 elections. The network encouraged everyone to register this week as a sign of protest against the ill-attempts of the present administration to once again push Charter Change in the lower house, bereft of merit and credibility.

FTV Network is pressuring the leaders of today with a resounding call for reform in 2010 through the ballots. Each citizen who will register for 2010 elections is definitely one count more against GMA’s ChaCha.

“This could not come in a more opportune time for the administration. If GMA allies won’t be able to get ChaCha passed in congress, there’s no more chance of it pushing through this year. It is not very surprising to see these renewed attempts to save the beleaguered presidency of GMA, she will lose her immunity as President in 2010 and will have to face a long list of legal charges” says Paula Bianca Lapuz, National Convenor of the FTV Network.

Members of FTV will continue to flock to COMELEC offices and off-site registration centers to register for May 2010 elections.

“We want to send out a strong message to GMA and to her cohorts in congress that the young people are vigilant in watching and monitoring all the political and electoral processes leading to the 2010 elections,” adds Lapuz.

FTV members in Barangay South Rembo, Makati City will register in COMELEC’s off-site registration center this Wednesday, April 15, 2009, as a response to the network’s call to protest against Ms. Arroyo’s Charter Change.

“Kabahagi kami ng kampanya kontra ChaCha, ang dapat inaatupag ng mga mambabatas ngayon ay ang pagpapasa ng mga panukalang batas na makakatulong sa pagpapaunlad ng kalagayan ng mga batayang-sektor ng lipunan, katulad ng CARP extension with reforms para sa ating mga magsasaka. Tama na ang pamumulitika para sa pansarili nilang kapakanan,” quips Jah Bringas, FTV Coordinator in Makati.

FTV Network is actively organizing first time voters in different parts of the country; as such it will first launch FTV 100 in Iligan City this 3rd week of April, a campaign drive to get 100 youth organizations in 25 areas which will work on the First Time Voters Campaign “Register. Vote. Transform.” The event will also be the launching of TaskForce 2010 Mindanao (April 18-21).

Task Force 2010 is a consortium and partnership between and among various election watchdogs aiming to push for the needed reforms in the electoral process.

TF2010 through its Co-chairpersons Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Bishop Efraim Tendero, said in a statement last November 2008 that it will reject moves to amend the 1987 Constitution which could result in a postponement of the 2010 elections.

Task Force 2010 is initially composed of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER), Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), La Salle Justice and Peace Commission (LSJPC), Citizen’s Care, Inc. (C-CARE), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Teachers and Employees for Change, Education Reforms and Solidarity (TEACHERS, Inc.), Philippine Society of NSTP Educators, Inc. (PSNEI), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), First Time Voters Network (FTV), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Confederation of Independent Unions (CIU), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Caucus of Development NGO and CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NSSA).

Now in its 4th elections-participation campaign, the First Time Voters Project aims to launch a renewed advocacy to register, educate, and mobilize first time voters to ensure a pro-active youth electorate in 2010.

The First Time Voters Network will register its protest against GMA’s ChaCha, and it will continue to call on all first time voters and other Filipinos to do the same, to literally register their disapproval of this initiative. This country deserves a chance to uplift itself from the pits of political crisis.