Project 2010

 

The young people will make up 54% of the electorate in the next national elections according to the National Statistics Office. There will be 33.4 million voters in 2010, six million of which will be first time voters. Given this premise, the First Time Voters’ Project, a non-partisan network of youth leaders in schools and communities, is beefing up on its voters’ registration and education campaign tagged as “Register. Vote. Transform.” Consistent with its campaign framework, FTV will not only encourage young people to register but will take serious initiatives to craft a Youth Agenda yet again, which it has already done in 2007.

The group which was formed early in 2001, after EDSA DOS, initially served as a platform for young Filipinos to denounce “trapo politics” by consciously and critically participating in the whole electoral process. Sadly, though, almost four million young Filipinos were not registered that year, leading to FTV’s petition to the Supreme Court, through the help of Akbayan youth, to extend the regular registration period in order to accommodate the millions of disenfranchised voters.

One of the lead convenors of FTV is Student Council Alliance of the Philippines. FTV has started it string of activities on voters’ registration and education in a number of SCAP schools across NCR this February 2009 and is scheduled to do regional hops starting next month and in the coming school year. FTV will also hold various voters’ education seminar in different communities nationwide. Through its persistent lobbying, FTV together with other youth groups in youthvotephilippines (Yvote) was able to get its proposals to make voters’ registration process more accessible to students and young people in general approved and adopted by COMELEC. The four items in FTV’s petition were: 1) for COMELEC to utilize schools in information campaign; 2 )for COMELEC to expand the availability of registration materials(i.e. registration forms uploaded in websites, etc.); 3) Set up satellite registration centers or field mobile registration units; 4) Assign additional special registration days.

Satellite registration centers were set up in schools and communities henceforth, since last December 2008. FTV together with the De La Salle Student Council and Yvote arranged a satellite registration center recently in De La Salle University last February 05-06, 2009 for the District 5 of Manila. FTV is also arranging other satellite areas particularly focusing on Local Colleges and Universities across the country.

FTV will launch the First Time Voters’ Agenda sometime between December 2009 – January 2010. In order to do this, series of consultation among various youth groups (school and community based) will be held in between August 2009 – November 2009 in key cities/regions nationwide parallel with FTV’s voters’ registration and voters’ education campaign.

FTV is the youth arm of TASK FORCE 2010, a broad multi-sectoral electoral reform group which aims, among many others, to encourage the maximum participation of the marginalized sectors in the society in the actual electoral process, among which of course are the First Time Voters.

 

What is FTV 100?

FTV aims to round up 100 youth organizations in its more than 20 areas which will implement FTV’s campaign.

FTV 100 is boldly presumed to have a multiplier effect, meaning it can reach out to almost all youth organizations which could really be the catalysts for social change. 100 youth organizations with more than hundreds of young, vibrant and idealistic leaders working closely together with the different sectors of the society for real, tangible social, political and moral transformation, FTV 100 is yet another platform for genuine convergence.

 

Objective:

The project, first and foremost, intends to encourage and register the most number of first time voters during the registration period this year (January 2009 – October 2009 = for young people who reached required age; May 12, 2009 = for young people who will turn 18 on or before May 10, 2010). Secondly, it aims to create“hype” on electoral participation among young people by harnessing and placing their energies on the different campaign phases of FTV. It aims to capacitate student councils, political parties and student organizations with knowledge and skills to effectively engage in the first time voters’ advocacy. Fourth, it hopes to contribute to the initiatives of proving “the youth vote,” with 2010 as its proof of concept by mobilizing the biggest number of First Time Voters on May 10, 2010.

FTV Areas

Metro Manila: Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City and Manila

Luzon: Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, Santiago City in Isabela, Bayombong in Nueva Vizcaya, Muñoz in Nueva Ecija, Dagupan in Pangasinan, Angeles in Pampanga, Naga in Camarines Sur, Legazpi City in albay.

Visayas: Iloilo, Cebu City, Tagbiliran in Bohol, dumaguete in Negros.

Mindanao: Zamboanga city, Davao City, General Santos city, Cotabato city, Cagayan De Oro City, Iliga City, and Butuan City.

 

SAMPLE FTV MANILA jpeg.

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2 responses

23 09 2009
Mr President 2010

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Blessings,
Mr President 2010

3 04 2010
Pomm

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