Center trains church-based poll watchers in island of Chocolate Hills

(Tagbilaran, CenPEG News) - Dubbed as one of the country’s tourist destinations, Tagbilaran City on the island province of Bohol, central Visayas was the venue for a three-day national training on voters’ education and the automated election last February 19-21.

Nearly a hundred election volunteers and priests coming from various Catholic dioceses across the country attended the training organized by the National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa), which is under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Fellows and research associates from the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) served as resource persons for modules on political education, the automated election system (AES), poll watching, and Geographic Information System (GIS). CenPEG Executive Director, Ms. Evi-ta Jimenez, introduced the policy center’s various programs with educators from the University of the Philippines (UP) – Profs. Bobby Tuazon, Rosa Castillo, and Trina Listanco – discussing the particular modules.

Other resource persons came from Namfrel, Lente, and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Namfrel’s chair and former Central Bank governor, Jose Cuisia, spoke about critical issues related to the poll automation.

GIS for the automated elections is part of CenPEG’s ongoing comprehensive study of the poll automation system. It generates data on the road and sea networks, power lines, and telecommunications transmission system throughout the country which are crucial to the success – or failure – of the May 10 automated elections.

GIS was part of Comelec’s early preparations for the automated election and should have been done in 2006. No such study has been made so far. CenPEG News

CenPEG's Rosa Castillo discusses poll automation

NASSA's Bishop Broderick Pabillo (in red shirt), priests and nuns peer at PCOS machine

Sr. Ruth Diaz, SFIC, of Basilan social action center, quizzes a Comelec official

Poll watch volunteers listen to CenPEG briefing


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