Diocesan Electoral Board of Dumaguete set to hold Walk for CHAMP

By Roi Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete is set to hold a Walk for CHAMP event on March 3 from Rizal Boulevard to Freedom Park in this city.

This is part of DEB’s activities to advocate for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) elections.

Msgr. Julius Heruela, lead convener of DEB, said the organization is inviting different agencies, schools and groups to participate in the event.

“It will start at 4:00 in the afternoon and the assembly is at 3:00 at Silliman University,” Heruela announced during the recent DEB meeting at Marian Priests’ Center inside the compound of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

The walk will begin at Rizal Boulevard near Silliman then going to Perdices St. turning to Real St. up to the Freedom Park in Capitol Area.

An interfaith prayer ceremony will be held upon the arrival of participants on the last venue, followed by a covenant signing between different stakeholders to ensure peaceful elections.

Msgr. Heruela also said they are inviting politicians from all over the province to attend the covenant signing.

“The covenant will be printed in tarpaulin so that people can see the signature,” he added.

On the other hand, DEB has also lined up activities to raise awareness on voters’ education.

The DEB lead convenor disclosed that the organization will continue to tour campuses for the One Good Vote campaign initiated by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) at the national level.

The group will introduce the KKK criteria in choosing leaders to that will sit on the government’s electoral posts.

KKK stands for Karakter, Kakayahan and Katapatan or character, competence and sincerity.

Aside from this, DEB will also conduct community lectures on the One Good Vote Campaign in Barangays Puhagan in Valencia, Piapi and Bantayan in Dumaguete, and Tinago in Siquijor as pilot areas and eventually in all cities and municipalities covered by the diocese.

By April, the group will start the Candidate’s Forum which will be held at Foundation University every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

This series of forums will provide an avenue for candidates to present their platforms of governance.

Meanwhile, the training for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) will commence on Mar. 1 and will continue until Mar. 31 except on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Atty. Lionel Marco Castellano, provincial election supervisor, said that this time, a training video will be made available for BEIs so that they can review the module even after the training.

Castellano also disclosed that the testing and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines is set on May 2 to 6. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Feb. 23, 2016)


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