Magparehistro. Bumoto. May Pag-laum Pa! FTV Davao

19 06 2009

A network of youth groups will tour campuses today, June 19, 2009, to encourage young people to register for the 2010 elections. The First Time Voters’ Network in Davao City said that this is a continuation of their voters’ registration information drive campaign.

“The young people will make up nearly 60% of the electorate in 2010, NINE million of whom will be first time voters. In Davao alone, there’s a rough estimate of 100, 000 first time voters next year. This number, if mobilized and educated well could definitely influence a positive change in our country,” says Karen Vina Abellana, FTV Davao Coordinator.

The First Time Voters Network was first launched in 2001 in NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as the collective response of different youth groups like Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, Akbayan Youth, Movement for the Advancement of Student Power, etc. to the wide disenfranchisement of millions of young Filipinos that year. Since then, the group has spread out in different parts of the country, getting more youth organizations involved like the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Councils) and other student groups not only to encourage young people to register but also to craft and forward the First Time Voters’ Youth Agenda.

FTV will be visiting San Pedro College, Holy Cross of Davao City and Ateneo de Davao University today after its press conference in NCCC Mall this morning.

“We will fly several balloons in ADDU later this afternoon, after our caravan, to symbolize our great hope for our nation. Magparehistro. Bumoto. May Pag-laum Pa! We call on all young Davaoeños to register and reclaim our future in 2010,” adds Abellana, who’s also an SK officer in Davao City.

The group is also part of many electoral reform groups like YouthVotePhilippines which was launched in Davao City last November 2008; TaskForce2010, a consortium and partnership between and among various election watchdogs which was also created earlier last year; and Bantay Eleksyon, a citizen’s electoral monitoring group formed by Consortium on Electoral Reforms in 2007.

FTV also mentioned that there’s only 133 days left to register in COMELEC.

“We should beat the deadline. Let us not flock the COMELEC offices only on October 31, 2009, the deadline for registration, which has always been the case during the previous years. Let us also be more responsible in order for us to be able to exercise our right to vote,” concludes Abellana.

The group will have a “Register to Vote” concert party tomorrow night, June 20, in Matina Town Square featuring several youth bands who have also volunteered to join the campaign through their music. FTV, aside from doing its string of activities in Davao City, will also be participating in the many events on electoral reform advocacy of the different civil society groups in the area in the coming months.

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