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The Voters Education Program

Barangay Voters’ Education Program

24 September, 2010
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The Center for Empowerment of Communities (CEC) of Quezon City District 2 invited Namfrel through Atty. Moses Florendo (Namfrel District 2 Chairman) to conduct a 2-day Voters Education Program (VEP) in two barangays; Novaliches proper and North Fairview in Quezon City last September 4 and 5. The CEC is a non- stock, non-profit, non-government organization, which aims to promote and strengthen people empowerment through the active participation of marginalized individuals and communities in institutions and processes which directly affect them.

As the Barangay and SK elections draw near, CEC of Quezon City organized a voters’ education for voters to inform them of their right to vote, how to choose their candidates, how to guard their votes, and on how to ensure the sanctity of their ballots. The voters’ education training is geared to empower the electorate. This exercise allows citizens direct participation in the choice of their next set of local leaders.
About 30 trainers attended the seminar in Novaliches. A number of participants are incumbent barangay officials while 50 participants who are voters, trainers and officials attended the North Fairview VEP. Atty. Florendo presented a barangay module for the two seminars discussing common problems in the political aspect of the barangay and other relevant details concerning barangay administration and election. He also presented a module concerning dengue related matters since Quezon City ranked No.1 in the DOH list of the most number of dengue cases reported.

During the training, the issue of nepotism and political dynasties in the local level was discussed. An appeal was made not to misconstrue family members simultaneously serving in the barangay as encouraging nepotism but have to be viewed in the light that they have mandates being duly elected local leaders. On the other hand, it is a challenge for these local political families to step down and let other citizens run in their place. This act will spur dynamism in the governance of barangays.

 
 
 
 
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