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2008 Namfrel National Assembly

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NAMFREL in the Third Millennium

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Sponsored by:

 

The Asia Foundation

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Conference Rationale

NAMFREL made history with its courageous and meaningful involvement in the 1985 snap elections. In succeeding national elections, NAMFREL relied on its thousands of volunteers to continue its mission of voter education, conducting candidates’ fora, monitoring the electoral process, pollwatching and, finally, pioneering a new element in that process: Operation Quick Count. OQC filled in the gap created by the long delay in the proclamation of winning candidates on the national level, a consequence of which was the proliferation of election protests and the manipulation of election results. Operation Quick Count was, in a sense, the beginning of the use of computers in the electoral process.
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The dawning of the automation of the election system and the entry of like-minded groups present NAMFREL with challenges for new paradigms and positioning. The unique situation of having one HEAD for both NAMFREL and PPCRV (a lay movement involved in the care of elections) opens opportunities for great synergy and wider strengthened networks. Joining forces with other organizations in pushing for electoral reform is the call of the day. The signs of the times have made it obsolete for a single entity to hold a franchise on the care of elections. And the Automated Election System makes Operation Quick Count a thing of the past.
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And so the need to revisit NAMFREL. What is the image and role of today’s NAMFREL volunteers? What attitudes and skills are they to put on? For answers to these and many other questions, as well as to craft and commit to a work plan that identifies specific initiatives and activities, including alliances with other electoral reform groups, NAMFREL will immerse itself in a Conference Workshop on October 8-10, 2008 at the Traders Hotel for its Chapter Heads nationwide.
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Conference Objectives

To recall and renew NAMFREL and its place in Philippine history

To re-craft VMV – WP (vision, mission, values and work plan) of NAMFREL vis-à-vis a third
millennium graft-free Philippine electoral process, to begin with the 2010 elections

To animate a new spirit of volunteerism open to collaborative effort for electoral reform

Conference Participants

Representatives / Heads of NAMFREL chapters nationwide

NAMFREL National Council

Office volunteers and staffs

Special guests

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Master of Ceremonies for Day 1 –  Mr. Damaso G. Magbual

                                                              Coordinator

                                                              NAMFREL Membership Committee

 

TIME

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS CONCERNED

 1:00 PM

 Registration/Check in

 Secretariat

 

3:00 PM 

 

Opening Activities:

 

1. Interfaith Prayer

2. National Anthem

3. Presentation of Delegations

4. Turnover Ceremonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Inaugural Address

 

 

6. Introduction of Guest Speaker

 

7. Inspirational Message

 

 

8. Delegates Photo with

    Chairman Jose A.R. Melo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Damaso G. Magbual

Mr. Vicente R. Jayme

Immediate Past Chairman

 

Mr. Edward S. Go

Former Chairman

 

Mr. Jose S. Concepcion, Jr.

Founding Chairman

 

Amb. Henrietta T. de Villa

National  Chairperson

 

Mr. Damaso G. Magbual

 

Chairman Jose A.R. Melo

Commission on Elections

 

 

 

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working Merienda

 

1st Session: Drawing Energies from Our Rich History

 

1. NAMFREL  thru the  lens of   

    Appreciative Conversations

 

 

 

2. Conference Guidelines 

 

 

 

3. Individual Table Discussions

 

What were your AI (life-giving) experiences in NAMFREL?

 

4. Plenary Reporting  on

    Common Themes and

    Shared Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos 

President

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)

 

Ms. Sabsy S. Palanca

Convenor

BBC-ISQ Movement 

 

Facilitators

 

 

 

 

Moderated by:

Dean Rose Fuentes and Dr. Marissa Fernando

SAIDI School of OD

 

 8:00 PM

 Dinner / Fellowship

 Salt and Light for Christ Community

 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Master of Ceremonies for Day 2 –  Ms. Cora H. Ignacio

                                                           Coordinator

                                                           NAMFREL Projects Committee

 

TIME

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS CONCERNED

6:30 AM

Breakfast

 

7:30 AM

The Eucharist and Simultaneous Worship Services

 

8:00 AM

 Summary of Day 1

Mr. Damaso G. Magbual

8:15 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working

Merienda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:15 AM

 

11:00 AM

2nd Session: Being Enlightened on the National Situation and  the 2010 Elections

 

1.     Introduction of Speakers

 

2.     Presentations:

 

a.  A Situationer on the COMELEC – its impact on the 2010 Elections

 

b.  The Impact of Electoral Reform on Corruption and Good Governance

 

c.  The Impact of the 2010 Elections on the Political and Economic Situation

 

 

3.   Open Forum

 

4.   Possibilities for NAMFREL in the Third  

          Millennium    

Session Chair:

Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos

 

Ms. Cora H. Ignacio

 

 

 

Comm. Rene V. Sarmiento

Commission on Elections

 

Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.

Congress of the Philippines

 

Mr. Romy L. Bernardo

President

Lazaro Bernardo Tiu & Associates

 

 

Mr. Eric O. Alvia

Secretary General

12:00  NN

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:45 PM

 

 

 

Working

Merienda

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:30 PM

3rd  Session (Workshop):
Consensus Building

1.  Animation 

 

2.  Introduction of Guest Speaker

 

3. Message from a Friend of the Filipino  

     and an Advocate of Democracy

 

 

4.  Workshop Guidelines

 

Are the Possibilities Possible? Are there other possibilities?

 

5.  Defining and Actualizing C.A.R.E.

 

C - Collaboration

A - Automation

R  - Registration

E  - Education

 

5.     Creative Expression of C.A.R.E.

 

 

 

Pasig Catholic College

 

Ms. Cora H. Ignacio

 

Dr. Steven Rood

Country Representative

The Asia Foundation

 

Ms. Sabsy S. Palanca

 

Facilitators

5: 30 PM

 

 

 

 

7:30 PM

4th Session: Proposing the NAMFREL
Work Plan

 

Plenary / Reporting

 

Comments from the Floor

Moderated by:

Ms. Sabsy S. Palanca

8:00 PM

Dinner / Fellowship

Presentation by Participants of Creative Expressions of C.A.R.E. Work Plan

 

 Master of Ceremonies:

Marcia Santos and

Benjie Bernardo

Salt and Light for Christ Community

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 Friday, October 10, 2008

Master of Ceremonies for Day 3 -  Mr. Eric O. Alvia

                                                          Secretary General

                                                          NAMFREL

TIME

ACTIVITIES

PERSONS CONCERNED

7:00 AM

Breakfast

 

8:00 AM

 

Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer

Marilou Velez and Salt and Light For Christ Community Praise Ministry

 

8:30 AM

Summary of Day 2 

Ms. Cora H. Ignacio

8:45 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 AM

 

5th Session: Consensus on the  NAMFREL Work Plan

 

 

1. Synthesis

2. Open Forum

3. Call for Approval

 

Merienda

Moderated by:

Sr. Teresita F. Bayona, SPC

Chief Documentor

 

 

10:30 AM

 

 

6th Session: Affirming Rites

 

1. Presentation of the NAMFREL  Work Plan to Chairperson Henrietta T. de Villa

 

2. MOA Signing - NAMFREL and PPCRV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Introduction of Guest Speaker

 

4. Brief Remarks

 

 

 

Representatives  from the 16 Regions

 

 

Signatories:

For NAMFREL - Vice Chairman  Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. & Secretary General Eric O. Alvia

For PPCRV- Vice Chairman Antonio G. Ventosa & Secretary General Bro. Clifford T. Sorita

 

Witnessed by: Ambassador Henrietta T. de Villa & Comelec Comm. Leonardo L. Leonida

 

Mr. Eric O. Alvia

 

Comm. Leonardo L. Leonida

Commissioner in-charge  of Registration

 

11:00 AM

7th Session: Closing Rites

 

1.   Address

    

 

 2.  Community Song

 

 

 

Ambassador  Henrietta T. de Villa

National Chairperson

 

Pasig Catholic College

 

12:00 NN

Lunch

 

1:00 PM

Check out and Departure

 

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