Summer Registration Festivale!

March 17, 2009

The temperature outside my window has officially declared summer to be here. The past weeks have gamely ushered in the gaiety and colors of Philippine fiesta season. Just recently I braved the crowds in my hometown to watch the Panagbenga street and float parade. Something I avoid yearly out of sheer pity for the carrying capacity of my city. But the mood and the exuberance was all it was hyped up to be. The beauty of Baguiio, the commercialism and the floats… well that will be for another article… less exuberant than this.

We have an uncertain year ahead of us. Jobs will be cut, relatives will come home from overseas postings that have ended, costs of education will rise in the new school year and we will be forced to tighten our belts. We may forget these in the weeks of festivities ahead… but perhaps in the midst of these festivities there is a way we could reaffirm our stake in our future…

We are a people of movement. Give us a beat and we will sway, we will bob our heads, we will dance. Give us a stage and we will perform, we will shine… heck we will even build our own stage. Give us a song and we will render it in as many versions as we have islands in this nation of happiness.

Pretty soon, school will be out, young (and not so young) Filipinos will head home to our provinces. For vacation, for summer work, to visit our families, to escape the city for a while, or simply to go home. The festivals will welcome us, the beats will resonate and the cheers and songs will fill the summer air. It is in this exuberance that we hope all young Filipinos bring one message home… We have to register to vote in May 2010.

The COMELEC has cut the registration period to October 31, 2009 from Dec 15. This means students and young working Filipinos will not have another chance to go home to their provinces to register after this summer. Not sem break not Christmas. This is it. This has to be our Festival!

The steps are simple enough… 1) invite your friends, barkada and neighbors from the same voting district. 2) download the 4-page registration form from the COMELEC Blogsite or the official COMELEC site. 3) fill up the forms but do not sign yet or put your thumbmark (you need to do this in front of the Election Officer). 4) Go to your local COMELEC any day from Monday to Saturday and holidays from 8am to 5pm (or to announced satellite mobile registrations in schools and barangays) and submit the forms with a valid ID for validation. 5) Have your photo, fingerprints and signature taken by the data capturing machines (DCMs) 6) get your receipt to claim your voter’s ID 7) HAVE FUN!!!

For those who would want to organize satellite registration centers, registration awareness activities and summer gimmicks to encourage the youth to register, get in touch with us through this site, through YouthVotePhilippines, or through email at yvotephilippines@gmail.com and we will gladly link you up with other youth groups in your area. Celebrate summer! Celebrate with your kababatas and kababayans! and lets all make this a SUMMER REGISTRATION FESTIVAL to remember.


YouthVotePhilippines Signs MOA with GMA7

March 4, 2009

Hi everyone,

Great news! Youth Vote Philippines has just signed an agreement with GMA Network on a partnership that will bring our advocacies to GMA’s TV audience nationwide. This partnership aims to increase awareness among students, young professionals and the public on our programs that are focused on the need to get registered, the importance of voting wisely and making the youth more politically and socially aware.

We would like to share with you a video clip of our MOA signing yesterday with GMA Philippines. This was aired last night during 24Oras, Saksi and the late night news and was shown again this morning during its morning program Unang Hirit and again this afternoon at Balitanghali.

http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/related/37677/Saksi-GMA-Youth-Vote-Phils-sign-MOA-for-2010-polls

Our online portal is in its final stage of development and can be viewed at http://www.youthvotephilippines.com. (comments welcome!) A formal launch will be made once all the technical features have been finalized.

We thank all those who have continuously supported Youth Vote Philippines. YVP is a consolidated force of reform oriented youth groups whose programs are geared towards efforts for voter’s registration and voter’s education. We bring to the groups a common platform for cooperation through our online portal and a solid foundation of support through the YPS alliance of young leaders and organizations. We are non-partisan but take pride in having organizations from different reform camps who, with integrity, come together to ensure full cooperation in addressing areas of mutual concern.

A special thanks goes out to our media liaison officer Niel Lim who was the moving force behind this partnership with GMA. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

We will step up and take the lead!

Sincerely,

Ching Jorge

Lead Convenor

Young Public Servants, Youth Vote Philippines


Travel Opportunity for Young Filipinos!

October 10, 2008

Your friends here at Youth Vote Philippines encourage you to participate in lots of different activities that will help you improve as individuals.

One of them is for you guys and girls to register with the COMELEC starting the 3rd of November this year. Another is to involve yourselves in voters education and in actually casting and guarding your votes in 2010.

We’re posting another opportunity for those of you who’ll be 16 to 18 years of age by April 2009.  Check out the following information we’re providing you on the JENESYS Programme:

JAPAN-EAST ASIA NETWORK OF EXCHANGE FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTHS (JENESYS) PROGRAMME

First batch is from May 12 to 21, 2009

Second batch is from May 19 to 28, 2009

The National Youth Commission, together with the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), is inviting applicants for Student Ambassadors and Supervisors to the “10-day Visit to Japan Programme” as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.

According to the organizers, the JENESYS Programme, “funded by the Japanese Government and in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, seeks to deepen the understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and culture, as well as form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries.”

Qualifications of Student Ambassadors:

  • Filipino, single, must be between 16 to 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2009
  • Of good moral character
  • Must be currently enrolled in a college or university with a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester
  • Physically and mentally fit to travel
  • Must be a first time traveler to Japan and or must not have been a grantee or recipient of any NYC funded international travel or Japanese Government grant
  • Must be knowledgeable of the history, geography, culture and arts, and the current issues on the Philippines , and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asian countries
  • Must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application
  • Must be willing to be an active NYC and JICC volunteer after the program to continue to promote the learnings about Japan and the Japanese culture gained from the JENESYS Programme
  • Area representation would be based on the place of the school, college, or university enrolled in

Application Requirements for Student Ambassadors:

  • Two (2) copies of the Application Form with passport-sized pictures with white background attached to each form (all original, no scanned pictures)
  • Two (2) copies of JENESYS Entry Form
  • Two (2) photocopies of birth certificate (from the National Statistics Office-NSO)
  • An essay which states the applicant’s a) reasons for applying; b) expectations of the programme; c) if chosen, the preparations the applicant will undertake prior to departure (Maximum of 100 words per question)
  • Two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages
  • Two (2) copies of Certificate of Good Moral Character, issued by the school, college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy)
  • Two (2) copies of certified true copy of grades
  • Two (2) copies of Police or NBI clearance
  • Completed NYC Volunteers’ application form
  • Two (2) copies of valid Police or NBI clearance (1 original and 1 photocopy)

Submission of application forms

Address all applications to Ms. Marielou A. Chua of the JENESYS Programme Secretariat of the National Youth Commission, 4th floor, Bookman Building , 373 Quezon Ave. , Quezon City .

Deadline for submission of application forms and documentary requirements is not later than 5:00 o’ clock in the afternoon of December 5, 2008.

For submission through mail, the Secretariat should receive the application forms and requirements post marked before December 5, 2008, including those submitted to the Area Offices.

Application forms with incomplete requirements shall automatically be disqualified. All transportation expenses will be paid for by the organizers, subject to submission of official receipts.