By Leandria Pagunsan
NEGROS ORIENTAL, (PIA) –The Commission on Election (COMELEC), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) , Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) and DILAAB Foundation, Inc. officially launched “One Good Vote” campaign at Foundation University yesterday.
Dumaguete City Comelec Supervisor Atty. Gildu Agoncillo in his speech urged the younger generation which comprises 37% of the voting population in the country (20 million out of the 54 million) registered voters to register and vote in the coming 2016 election.
Agoncillo said the younger generation are now more mature in terms of getting the right information on the country’s political systems and knowing the qualifications of aspiring candidates because of their extensive knowledge in the Internet.
They are capable of choosing a candidate based on their ideals of a good leader. Their idealism should be put into practice in the coming 2016 elections, Agoncillo said.
Agoncillo also urged every qualified voter to have their biometrics as mandated by Comelec rules on the “no biometrics, no vote” system.
The law on Biometrics states that one should have a permanent and credible record as a voter that cannot be contested by anybody.
Meanwhile, DILAAB Executive Director Teresa Tejero gave a message on how to address serious social problems through a church-based movement to instill in the minds of the younger generation that they should uphold the sacredness of their votes.
In a related development, Msgr. Julius Heruela, convenor of the Diocesan Electoral Board, stressed that vote buying is a crime.
“Let not the rule of money prevail in choosing our candidates” Heruela said.
To know better a political candidate, Heruela told the crowd to apply the LASER (Lifestyle, Accomplishment, Supporter, Election Conduct & Reputation) Test in assessing their qualification.
DEB will also coordinate with Foundation University in identifying a pilot barangay and urge students who are committed to volunteer and assist in the conduct of “One Good Vote” campaign.
During the campaign, seminars will be conducted on values formation centered against vote buying and the LASER Test for candidates.
If a family commits to support the “One Good Vote,” they will be issued a sticker with a message that says “This house/family committed to One Good Vote.” (rmn/lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This article was originally posted at PIA website on Sept. 3, 2015)