By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) has gathered over 60 student leaders from colleges and universities in Dumaguete City to empower them in making informed choices on election day in a voters’ education campaign.
DEB convenor, Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela encouraged youth leaders to take active role in educating their peers or young voters to ensure a clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful (CHAMP) orderly election this May 9, 2016 national elections.
While political parties and local political leaders are now starting their campaign tactics to achieve electoral success, the student leaders are reminded to choose the next set of national and local executive and legislative leaders by voting with a conscience and not selling their votes.
Msgr. Heruela presented the LASER (Lifestyle, Action, Supporters, Election Conduct, and Reputation) test, a process of finding out the integrity of the political candidates, for student leaders to carry out in their respective campuses.
Many still believe that elections in the Philippines could never go without vote buying, violence, oppression, thus, Engr. Fred Magallano of Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) challenged the young leaders to be catalyst of change as ‘today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leader’.
Magallano said the youths should be fully aware and conscious on some political pressing issues which include drug related-crimes, traffic, peace and order, and poverty that the candidates must address.
The student leaders are expected to conduct voters’ education in their respective campuses with the DEB starting next month until the first week of March.
Meantime to maximize the use of social media in educating the voters, the DEB has also activated its facebook page for the youth volunteers/leaders to contribute in the information sharing in relation to this year’s synchronized national and local elections.
The features and apps of DEB’s FB page were presented to the youths by Peter Macabingquil.
This first of a series of DEB’s voters’ education campaign is represented by Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria, St. Paul University-Dumaguete, Silliman University, Foundation University, Negros Maritime College, STI College, ACSAT, AMA, and the Metro Dumaguete College. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 11, 2016)