In its effort to promote Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful (CHAMP) 2016 Elections, the Diocese of Novaliches’ Public Affairs Ministry (PAM) has started a series of seminars with the recently concluded Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) General Assembly held last April 9, 2016 at the Palace of the Rock, St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders, Q.C.
The next two seminars will be on April 16 & 23, 2016 at 8:30AM that will be held simultaneously at the AMA Campus, Regalado Ave., Fairview, Q.C. and the ABE Campus, Villongco St., Commonwealth Ave., Q.C.
All three seminars comprise a demonstration on the use of the new PICOS Vote Counting Machine (VCM) and an orientation on the roles and responsibilities of PPCRV members before, during, and after the 2016 Elections.
During the April 9, 2016 PPCRV General Assembly, Vicar General for Pastoral Affairs Rev. Fr. Antonio Labiao, Jr. gave the welcoming remarks. While Mr. Leo Lim of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) conducted the orientation on how to fill-up the new ballots to ensure votes will not be void, demonstrated how the new PICOS VCM operates, and faciliated a mock elections for participants to try the new PICOS VCM.
PPCRV-AMVATT (Accountable Material Veriable Audit Trail Team) Chairman Arwin Serrano then gave a talk on PollWatching, which included an overview of the Election Process, the Mandate of PPCRV, the Tasks and Committees in PPCRV, the Steps in Voting, the Guidelines in Voting, and the Tasks of a Poll Watcher.
Dr. Serrano reminded participants on the need to implement PPCRV’s role of educating voters in choosing candidates for the 2016 Elections through the One Good Vote (OGV) Campaign to fight Vote Buying and through its KKK (Karakter, Kakayahan, and Katapatan) Guidelines aside from it’s campaign for “Huwag Kang Magnakaw”.
The Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, gave an inspirational talk on the importance of Voting and on the role of the Youth in the upcoming Elections. Bishop Tobias also awarded the Certificates of Appreciation to Mr. Lim anddemonstrated the use of the free PPCRV SIM Cards.
The Diocesan PPCRV General Assembly participants who registered their PPCRV SIM Cards will receive the official updates of PPCRV on Elections 2016 and will be able to use it in pollwatching during the Elections. All reported anomalies or observations during Elections using the PPCRV SIM Cards will be considered as valid and official reports by the PPCRV.
With Pastoral Planning and Development Officer Anne Christine Wilson-Ongpin emceeing the event, the April 9 PPCRV General Assembly registerd 176 participants from the 68 Parishes of the Diocese, wherein each parish was asked to send a maximum of three PPCRV members or representatives.
The attendees represent 72% of the expected participants for the Assembly as 19 parishes were not able to send representatives: (1) Ina Ng Lupang Pangako Parish, (2) Mother of the Divine Providence Parish, (3) Sagrada Familia Parish, (4) Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, (5) Holy Family Parish, (6) Ina Ng Laging Saklolo Parish, (7) San Jose Tagapagtanggol Parish, (8) Mother of the Redeemer Parish, (9) Our Lady of Fatima Parish, (10) Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, (11) Sto. Nino De Congreso Parish, (12) St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe Parish, (13) St. Michael The Archangel Parish, (14) St. Joseph Parish, (15) Sanctuario De San Vicente De Paul Parish Shrine of the Poor, (16) The Our Father Parish, (17) Holy Trinity Parish, (18) Sta. Lucia Parish, and (19) St. Benedict Parish. (~Minnie De Luna)