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PIA Press Release
2007/04/13

Ifugao youth take center stage to educate voters

by Jina Shirley G. Dacmay

LAGAWE, Ifugao (13 April) -- Sponsored youth belonging to the Campus Apostolate of the Kataguan Center here will take the center stage to educate communities and the electorate for responsible voting this coming elections.

The Kataguan is a non- government organization with programs on evangelization, preservation of the culture and the arts, environment and special projects on many issues affecting the community.

Rebecca Bumahit, director of the Kataguan center said the youth during a training were given the opportunity to reflect and give meaning to what good governance and public service is and come up with a good material for a theater presentation that reflects the youth’s interpretation of good governance and public service as a guide for the community and electorate to vote on may 14.

“Involving the youth in the process will give them the opportunity and the venue as instruments for change particularly as a mirror of conscience for the community and the electorate”, she stressed.

This activity will focus on informing people on the importance and sanctity of their right to suffrage, partly on the electoral process; educating people to have a good conscience for a responsible election; participating in advocacy for a clean and honest election, and to remain non-partisan and vigilant during the electoral process.

Bumahit commented that the kind of leadership reflects the kind of governance we have. The state of a community, a town, a province and a country reflects the kind of leadership they have, she said.

Further, she hopes to break the Filipino trait of choosing a leader based on blood relations rather than qualifications and capabilities.

She also pointed out the need to improve the qualifications requirement of candidates seeking an elective position. A leader should not only know how to read and write but should also possess more of the good qualities of a leader. This, she said, is very important because they will manage and govern the people and its resources. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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