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Namfrel at UST

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Graduating Sociology students of the University of Sto. Tomas held on December 9 a forum on the automated election, attended by representatives from NAMFREL, PPCRV, and Comelec. Mr. Albert Oasan of NAMFREL discussed issues concerning the automated process and Namfrel’s role for May 2010, and how the youth could get involved.

The forum was attended by about a hundred students from the College of Arts and Letters (Sociology, Psychology and Political Science). Some of the concerns raised by the students include ballot rejection by the machines due to incorrect markings, and the roles of NAMFREL and PPCRV in the coming election.


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December 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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Namfrel at St. Scholastica’s College

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Mass Communication students of St. Scholastica’s College in Manila organized a voters’ education forum entitled “Auto-Boto: Alam mo ba kung paano at sino?” on December 7. Representatives from NAMFREL, Lente, PPCRV, Political Arena, and Comelec spoke at the event, attended by more than a hundred college students. Some of the students’ concerns addressed by the speakers were the legality of the candidacies of Presidents Arroyo and Estrada, the issue of non-replacement of ballots when a mistake is committed by the voter, and youth participation in the coming election through organizations like NAMFREL. The organizations represented in the forum said they welcome volunteers from the youth sector.


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December 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

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Namfrel at JRU

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Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong had their Voters’ Education Program on December 5, organized by the Dean for Student Affairs, the student council, some faculty members, and NAMFREL Mandaluyong City chair Mr. Terry Nolasco.

Mr. Albert Oasan and Atty. Moses V. Florendo gave the talk for NAMFREL. They discussed youth participation in elections, youth empowerment and students’ involvement through election monitoring groups like NAMFREL. One of the students’ concerns was how to trust the electoral system when irregularities have happened in past elections. Atty. Florendo urged the students to not tolerate similar things that could happen, to be involved, and to trust themselves that they can help bring credibility to the system.


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December 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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Namfrel at San Beda College

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As part of their NSTP week, San Beda College conducted on December 4 a Voters’ Education Forum. San Beda professor and NAMFREL Manila chairperson Albert Oasan was one of the organizers and speakers. Along with fellow NAMFREL volunteers Ms. Corazon H. Ignacio and Atty. Moses V. Florendo, they talked about the significance of youth participation in the coming election and how they could get involved even those who are not yet of voting age. About 200 freshmen and sophomores attended the event. Some of the students raised their concern on the possibility of failure of election, which was addressed by the Comelec representative present by stressing the importance of vigilance by all Filipinos.


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December 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

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Namfrel at the Entrepreneurs School of Asia (ESA)

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On December 4, NAMFREL Secretary General Eric O. Alvia briefed students of the Entrepreneurs School of Asia on the importance of participating in and safeguarding the 2010 automated presidential elections. In his presentation, Mr. Alvia explained to the students how ensuring the credibility of the elections could have a positive effect in the political, social, and economic situation of the country. A number of students volunteered for NAMFREL after the briefing.

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December 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm

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Namfrel at PUP

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Mr. Albert Oasan of NAMFREL spoke on the 2010 automated election and Namfrel’s role, in a voters education symposium on December 1 conducted by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila. The symposium, with the theme “2010: Will there be clean and credible automated election?,” was also attended by representatives from the COMELEC and AKBAYAN youth. About 300 students attended the event.


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December 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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Namfrel at AKAP-Pinoy Forum

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On 28 November 2009, Ms. Corazon H. Ignacio, head of NAMFREL’s Project Committee, spoke on the topic “Making Our Vote Count” at the National Disability Forum of AKAP Pinoy. The goal of the forum was to educate the members of AKAP Pinoy — composed of PWDs (Persons with Disabilities) — on their role and rights with regard the 2010 automated election. Speakers from IPER, Task Force 2010, and COMELEC also made presentations. The symposium was attended by more than a hundred AKAP Pinoy members from all over the country.


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December 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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