By PNUMFC News Team

In line with the theme “ANG MANO-MANONG PAGHAHANDA SA AUTO: a preparation for the 2010 elections,” the PNU MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE, in partnership with the ABS-CBN Boto Mo iPatrol Mo: AKO ANG SIMULA (BMPM), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) , and  Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spearheaded an Automated Election System (AES) forum at the PNU Main Building Auditorium, January 21.

Roster of speakers in the forum include  ABS-CBN BMPM: AKO ANG SIMULA Editor/New Media Manager Ms. Arlene Burgos and PPCRV Secretary-General Bro. Clifford Sorita, and COMELEC Education and Information Department PRO V Ms. Ma. Victoria Dulcero.

PNUMFC Student Coordinator and Student Government (SG) Vice President for Internal Affairs (VPI) Mr. Mikko James Rodriguez highlights the importance of youth power in maintaining peace and order every elections and the responsibility of future teachers in struggling for a better society. “May magagawa at may magagawa at may magagawa tayo. Nasa kamay natin ang kinabukasan. Nasa ating pagkilos ang kahahantungan ng ating lipunan. Tayo ang pagbabago!” he said in his opening remarks.

Each speaker discussed particular topic in pursuance of clean, honest and fair 2010 elections.

Ms. Burgos of ABS-CBN-BMPM underpins the benefits of having a citizen’s journalism not just every election but also as part of being a responsible citizen, everytime. She even gave an example citing that their first files and photo’s of the barbaric Ampatuan Massacre was sent not by media personnel but by a Boto Patroler. Meanwhie, PPCRV Sec. Gen. Bro. Sorita articulates significance of civilian’s active participation before, during and after the poll. “If you really want change, then take your responsbility to vote.” Sorita said.

After the first two talks, COMELEC-EID PRO V Ms. Dulcero proceeded to her public demonstration on how the nearing 2010 AES would seem to be. Together with their machine and other demo materials, and volunteer students, Ms. Dulcero publicly showed the process of automated voting from the start to the end. She also differentiates Direct Recording Electric (DRE) from Optical Mark Reader (OMR). Her 32-slide presentation culminates the talk.

Alongside with the forum proper, booth of BMPM was installed nearby the entrance. Registration of BMPM patrolers was catered for those who want. Also, PNUMFC registration forms were distributed.

A closing prayer for 2010 election recited by Ruby Anna Bernardo from Filipino Department formally concludes the forum. Estimately, a number ranging from 400-500 students participated in the event. The PNUMFC said that this forum is just one of their many projects and program lined as a build up activity for the 2010 local and national election. “Tayo ang simula. Ito ay simula pa lamang ng ating patuloy at masikhay na adhikain sa paghahangad ng tunay na pagbabagong panlipunan. Antabayanan pa natin ang paparating na mga aktibidad” said PNUMFC University Secretariat Mr. Wilmor Pacay III in an interview after the forum.


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