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Malolos youth plan show of force for polls

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PPCRV volunteers listen attentively to Sem. Arvin Ray Jimenez during the orientation seminar held at Malolos Cathedral on April 29, 2016. (Photo: Myraine Policarpio)

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, April 30, 2016 – Election volunteers from different parishes under the Malolos vicariate attended Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) trainings on April 29 in preparation for a massive show of force on election day, May 9.

Some 250 volunteers flocked to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Minor Basilica to attend the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Conference and Orientation Seminar spearheaded by the Commission on Social Action (CSA) and the Commission on Youth.

Youth Power

Ronna Lyn Rubiano, Vicarial Youth Coordinator, said the Church relies on the youth’s dynamism in service. “Not just as PPCRV volunteers, the youth in our vicariate and even in the Diocese of Malolos have always been playing an important part in various activities and programs of the Church,” she told CBCP News in an interview.

Sem. Arvin Ray Jimenez from the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary explained the primary roles of each type of PPCRV volunteer, explaining the need to familiarize oneself with his or her rights and responsibilities to be more effective in helping achieve honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE).

Likewise, Jimenez reminded the attendees about the Church’s fervent call to offer group and personal prayers for the national elections. He also instructed the volunteers to remain “vigilant and focused” during the entire electoral process.

Meanwhile, a good number of young Church leaders were also seen at the event, most of whom are first-time volunteers. Those who were able to register as voters will be assigned as poll watchers while those who are not yet voters may man the voters’ assistance desks to guide people in finding their respective precincts or help in distributing food and refreshments.

Active participation

In an interview, Fr. Romualdo Go, spiritual director of the Vicarial Commission on Youth, who was present at the event, acknowledged PPCRV’s efforts in facilitating credible polls and easing the public’s burden in exercising their right to suffrage.

“With the active involvement of the Church in this election process, still we have been receiving various reports of cheating and other election-related violations, what more if we end all our efforts?” added Go.

“The Church will continue to be impartial. We only want to guide the faithful in selecting the right leaders of our country in accordance to their conscience,” he stressed.

At the end of the seminar, Edith Arroyo, parish CSA head, thanked all the attendees, assuring them of her availability to answer task-related queries.

Fr. Gerry Fortunato, Vicar Forane of the Vicariate also graced the occasion. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)


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