BY: MARIA TERESA B. BENAS
BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 11(PIA) — Local leaders and authorities in Abra representing various groups and sectors have come up with their strategic plan of action to sustain the gains of the May 2013,which was described as the most peaceful and orderly elections in the province.
In a meeting called by the Joint Peace Security Control Center (JPSCC) composed of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the Abra Provincial Police Office, and the Philippine Army, an action plan was mapped out to ensure that the successful experience of the province of Abra in the May 2013 elections will be replicated if not improved during the conduct of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 28, 2013.
The planning meeting was participated by the Abra Peace Conveners’ Group (APCG), the local media and the youth leaders.
The body came up with its plan to conduct an intensive voters’ education with the participation of all the members of the group as well as all the election officers in the municipal COMELEC offices so that all secondary and tertiary schools can be reached given the limited period for the campaign.
Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Mae Richelle Belmes said that the voters’ education campaign started on September 9 as the official COMELEC time begins. Relative to this, Belmes had required all election officers to conduct voters’ education in all the high schools in all the municipalities in Abra.
Belmes said they will come up with short dramatized advertisement or skit to be aired on Radio DZPA everyday. The plug-ins, she added, will differ in theme every week to be able to discuss on air the “ins-and-outs” and the “dos-and-don’ts” of election especially for the benefit of the youth.
The JPSCC wants to focus on anti-vote buying campaign and attack the issue of culture of silence among the Abreños.
In order to achieve this goal, the body had agreed to conduct symposia in six schools in Bangued namely, the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology, Divine Word College of Bangued, Abra Valley Colleges, Abra High School, Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued, and Data Center College of the Philippines.
The symposia will be conducted in the last two weeks of September and the first week of October.
Miss Carmelita Bersalona and Mr. Michael Paredes of the APCG together with Belmes came up with the content presentation of the voters’ education which include among others, the structures of government, qualifications of candidates, prohibitions and limitations, and election rules.
Belmes said the body will request the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting/National Movement for Free Elections (PPCRV/NAMFREL) to discuss matters concerning “how to choose leaders and vote wisely campaign”, and the DILG to discuss the duties and responsibilities of elected barangay and SK officials so that the electorate, especially the aspiring candidates will learn beforehand their roles and functions. (JDP/Ginalyn Brioso/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)
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I think this is a kind of late but like they say, it’s better late than never. Kasano pay nga aggatang da iti botos with intimidation or possible silencing their political foes if Malacanang or Congress are scrapping or applying now strict guidelines of funds vulnerable to corruption? Marigatan da kanon nga agtakaw or connive with the COA, contractor, or supplier agsipud ta pangpapogi pay met a ni sinno man nga Manok to ni Presidente kadagiti sumaruno nga elections para kadagiti botantes nga nabayagen nga agur-uray iti husto nga gobierno. They knew already that not only PDAF was the source of this corruption and it’s a big mistake if these thief politicians still dreaming to be able to steal that induce them to vote buying, intimidate voters, or killing their political enemies.
If I were them, I’ll better think thrice now before I gamble my prostituted money. Nasiyaat met a no dida mamati kaniak ta doblen to ti pannakaabak da. They might win the battle but they lose the war.
Would a good candidate has the courage, fortitude and balls to run for elected office ? There are plenty of good and qualified candidates but do they possess the stomach for the process of getting elected? Is the majority of the Filipino electorate this sophisticated and matured? I believe it takes a generation or two to attain that level.
Uray no kunatayo nga naladaw, nasayaat met daytoy nga pangrugyan ket sapay koma ta maipasagepsep ti husto nga nakairantaan daytoy nga programa wenno panangsursuro kadagiti botante ken kandidato. Malagipko idi damo ti “SK”, ti nakairantaan na (main purpose) ket tapnon mapanday dagiti agtutubo nga agbalin nga nasasayaat nga lider iti pagilian. Ngem piman ta nagbalin metten nga nagsursuruan dagiti agtutubo nga agtakaw iti pundo ti gobyerno. Ania ngarud ket apaman nga mabutosanda iti “SK” makita da met (first hand) no kasano ti “operasyon” dagiti “trapo” nga mangpasubli (agraman ganansiya) kadagitay nagastosda nga naggatang ti butos iti eleksiyon. Isu nga uray ita, kaaduanna dagidi “SK”, itultuloyda ti kinnakuniber ken kina-agtatakaw apaman nga maka-ulida iti posisyon wenno puwesto.
This scheme have been done for a long long time, but what is encouraging is the participations of groups coming from various sectors of our society. Sen. Meriam D. Mentioned in her speech as guest in a Cebu university that there only 2 reasons why our country remains in its miserable socioeconomic conditions are miseducation of the Filipino people and politics is controlled by oligarch, the few super rich. I really don’t understand why inspite of the fact that 96 percent of Filipinos are educated compared to America which is 98, we are far far away not only economically but in every aspect in life. We copy almost all worthy laws from them, in fact our constitution is almost a patern of US. But here we are, while the rich are becoming richer the poor are becoming poorer. Most of us consistently refused
to use our ears,
eyes, heart and mind. Simple example : makitkita tayon ni apo mayor nga kasla Saba tipartak ti
panagdakkelna/ibabaknangna manipud halos awan idi damuna ngem datayo awan nagbaliwan ti biag tayo, ngem ditay met kayat nga sukatan gapu ti dakdakel ti ibayadna…..sapay koma ti itatapog ti maduduma nga sectors ti compania ti educational campaign ita nga election ket rugin ti pannakariing ni Abrenio ti panagtuturogna.
Suggestion ko nga mangpapigsa daytoy nga addang, maaramat koma ti Radio stations nga mangidanon dagiti napapateg nga adal. Daytoy ti ammok nga kapartakan nga pakaidanunan ti napateg nga adal ta adda amin radio ti tunggal familya.Maikalikagum koma dagiti enlightened/ professionals, church leaders of different sects, NGO leaders nga agsarita. I believe the COMELEC has the needed fund for this purpose or maybe concerned citizens will finance this noble purpose.