Summit on credible elections in Cebu

MANILA, Feb. 2, 2013—The Archdiocese of Cebu is holding a summit to address election issues and come up with concrete actions for electoral reforms.

Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma in his invitation to different groups said the summit will “endeavor to forge maximum unity in embracing electoral advocacy and in implementing the needed concrete strategies for electoral reforms.”

Around a thousand participants, including COMELEC Election Officers, DepED Supervisors, Cebu Clergy, NGO’s/PO’s representatives, Universities and Colleges Representatives (Administrators/Faculty), Youth Leaders, PNP (Regional, Province, City) Directors, representatives from media, political parties, LGUs, business, and religious/faith-based communities/councils, are expected to participate in the summit.

The following concerns will be taken up during workshop at the summit: 1) Vote-buying; 2) Electoral Rules Violations/Irregularities; 3) Political Dynasty; and 4) Sectoral Agenda.

The sectoral agenda workshop will have farmers, fisherfolk, urban poor (informal settlers, vendors, drivers), workers, women, youth, elderly and persons with disabilities, as participants.

Resource speakers include Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Visayas Clergy Discernment Group Head Convenor Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, Secretary of Education Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, and Comelec 7 Regional Director Temie Lambino.

Called “Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013: Addressing the Most Challenging Elections Issues”, the  conference is being organized in partnership with Comelec and DepED of Region 7, and slated on February 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the  Cebu Mariners’ Court, Pier 1 in Cebu City.

Participants will be asked a registration fee of Php 250.00 for lunch, snacks and handouts. Inquiries can be made at the Archdiocesan Discernment Group Secretariat at telephone (032) 255-2743. (CBCPNews)

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