The Diocese of Novaliches’ Public Affairs Ministry (PAM) has conducted at the Cathedral Shrine of the Good Shepherd’s Parish Hall last January 23, 2016 its second of three Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Trainings in preparation for the upcoming May 9 National Elections.
The whole-day event was actually meant for the Quezon City parishes of the Diocese after a similar training was held the week before (January 17, 2016) for those under Caloocan City. A third training with the same flow and content will be given on January 30, 2016 at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Parish Shrine for parishes who missed their scheduled training date.
The training incorporates the One Good Vote (OGV) Campaign meant to defy the practice of vote buying and selling that’s prevalent in the Country during Elections through Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) means. It also teaches participants the types of PPCRV Volunters; pointers in Poll Watching; an understanding of the process of the Accountable Materials Verification Audit Trail Team (AMVATT), particularly the procedures from the testing and sealing to the retrieval of the automated machines; and the awareness of COMELEC’s Schedule of activities until Election Day, which includes the Campaign Period allowed for candidates.
An interesting aspect of the PPCVR Training was the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) held after lunch break. For the QC Parishes, the FGD required each participant to fill-up a Voter’s Disposition Towards Vote Buying survey form that will be forwarded by PAM to the National PPCRV Office for collation of data and for consolidation with data they have collected from other Dioceses.
The said survey form is actually a psychological instrument to measure the vote buying tendency or disposition of the voter. Results from the National PPCRV Office will then be returned to the Diocese once they have analyzed the data collected nationwide.
Unlike the QC Parishes’ FGD, however, the PPCRV Training for CC Parishes required participants to plan how the OGV Campaign will be cascaded to the parish’s level.
Spearheaded by Diocesan PAM Priest Coordinator Rev. Fr. Ralph Mestosamante, the January 17 training was attended by 44 participants from the 14 parishes of its three CC Vicariates while the January 23 training had 41 participants from 20 parishes of the eight QC Vicariates. (~SocComm Nova)