YOUth Got to VOTE!

1 02 2010


First Time Voters Network Welcomes the Extension of Registration hours in COMELEC but…

22 10 2009

Official Press Release

October 22, 2009

The youth group filed its petition last 15 October 2009 in the COMELEC National Office to ask for an extension of the voters registration for one month in areas severely affected by Ondoy and Pepeng [Regions I to III (Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon regions), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), National Capital Region (NCR) and Rizal province] and for one week in the other remaining regions nationwide.

“We appreciate COMELEC’s move to give more time for the voters’ registration. We just hope that people will come out in numbers to register and we hope that the Commission can handle them,” says FTV spokesperson Helen Joy Paulino.

COMELEC late last year announced that one Data Capturing Machine (DCM) could handle at best, 100 applicants a day. This, they later, clarified was only a way to standardize the results of voters’ registration every day, machine operators  could accept more applicants if they wish to.

DCM’s are used to digitally capture the biometric data of applicants, a requirement in the poll automation next year. There’s at least one DCM per local Election Office.

“COMELEC had intended and promised to give out more data capturing machines several months back to speed up the registration process but for whatever reason the new machines never came and we are just wary over COMELEC’s capacity to facilitate the influx of people in the coming days,” adds Gio Tingson, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines National Spokesperson and Ateneo Sanggunian Chairperson.

The network said that they received some feedbacks from their volunteers on the ground regarding the registration process at present and that the reports were not exactly surprising but were starting to become alarming.

“For instance, our members from Marikina had mentioned that the lines for registration in their COMELEC office were out of order already, there were lots people registering, and obviously the COMELEC staff were outnumbered. We really hope that Typhoon Ramil will not aggravate this predicament which is true not only for Marikina but for other areas as well” says FTV NCR Coordinator, Leandro Perez.

The network had gone out last Friday, 16 October 2009, to give out flyers on voters’ registration to students in Manila, Quezon City and Mandaluyong.

“We are asking students to register this sembreak, it’s very crucial that they recognize the urgency and importance of this matter. Obviously, a lot of young people were inspired to help out in the recent tragedies and we hope that this will translate into a deeper desire to effect change in our overall system of governance and politics,” states Tingson.

The group is continuously encouraging young people to register in the local COMELEC offices until October 31, 2009, the voters’ registration deadline. With several activities lined up in the next 2 weeks, FTV Network hopes to get the most number of young people registered for the May 2010 elections.

FTV Network and Kadakila Youth Summit!

15 10 2009

To all First Time and Youth Voters, let us all continue helping our brothers and sisters who were severely affected by the recent typhoons. Let us start genuine community building on the ground and hopefully we can encourage more young people to participate meaningfully in our political processes, towards our bigger task of nation building.

Join us on 26 October 2009 from 1pm to 5pm in ABS-CBN Compound for the first youth summit of FTV Network with Kadakila, a movement that seeks to harness the youth’s spirit of volunteerism and bayanihan in times like these.

Dubbed as “Kadakila, Simulan Mo!,” the the FTV and Kadakila youth summit hopes to convene youth leaders from NCR and nearby areas who are willing to walk the extra mile for our fellow Filipinos.

Click HERE to register online!

Limited slots available! Hurry!

Once you have registered online, all you have to do is to wait for our confirmation! We’d like to accommodate as many youth leaders as we can but due to logistical restraints, we are only allowed to accept limited number of reservations.

If your reservation is confirmed, please bring your voters’ slip and a 20.00 php worth of school supplies as donation and registration/entrance fee to the event! [How bad can that be right? Tulong tayo! :)]

Thanks! And we are looking forward to seeing you there, kadakila!

Oh, and by the way, attached also is a formal invitation letter, you may choose to send your slot reservation thru email by scanning and submitting the reply slip to and

What are you waiting for?? Register now!-ftv secretariat


May Pag-asa Pa!

23 06 2009

ftv poster

Magparehistro! Bumoto! May Pag-asa Pa!

29 05 2009

Poster Study by Jeff Diliman, UP Diliman

Magparehistro! Bumoto! May Pag-asa Pa!

Register. Vote. Transform.

28 05 2009

Poster Study by Nando Jamolin

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

29 04 2009


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.


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.