MANILA, August 20, 2014—Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will be going house-to-house to facilitate biometric registration in preparation for the 2016 presidential election.
PPCRV national chairperson Henrietta de Villa said the campaign seeks to help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) encourage the Filipino public to exercise their right to vote, especially those who have not yet had their voters’ registration data computerized.
De Villa shared that to date only one million out of 9.6 million registered voters without computerized data have availed of the biometrics registration.
She explained. “These 9.6 million voters are registered but without biometrics. They are mostly from NCR [National Capital Region] and neighboring regions. Information about it [biometrics registration] should be widely disseminated.”
De Villa explained that PPCRV is requesting Comelec to give them the lists of voters, already arranged per legislative district, which coordinators will use in their house-to-house campaigns.
PPCRV also intends to have laptops set up in different parishes which will allow people to check their registration status.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had earlier called on Filipinos to take their voting right seriously, and to always uphold it as an important sacred duty, the first step to which is registration. (Raymond A. Sebastián)