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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

XU voters' education expands to CMU, Gising Barangay Movement

Xavier University (24 June) -- Ateneo de Cagayan through the XU Governance and Leadership Institute (XU GLI) and the XU center for Legal Assistance (XUCLA) expands its reach and strengthens the Voters' Education Program for Region 10 in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Central Mindanao University (CMU) and Gising Barangay Movement (GBM) at the University Board Room, on June 19.

Present during the MOA signing were XU President Fr Jose Ramon T. Villarin SJ, CMU President/Officer in Charge Dr. Rodrigo L. Malunhao and GBM National Convener Manuel E. Valdehuesa Jr.

The agreement was an addendum to the MOA entered into by and between the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)-10, National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-10 and Xavier University on May 7, this year.

Witnessing the ceremony were XU Vice President for Research and Social Outreach (VPRSO) Atty Antoinette Royo-Fay; COMELEC Director Renato Magbutay; PIA Director Rutchie Aguhob; NYC Regional Coordinators of Region 10, 11 and the ARMM, Eddie Cuaresma and Atty Nur Bacaraman; GBM Board of Trustee member Engr Hernan Agpawa; Beth Martinez of DPWH-10; COMELEC Asst Regional Elections Director Atty Dolette Cuevas-Banzon; COMELEC Regional Attorney Gina Zayas-Sabio; XU GLI Director Beth Soriano; XUCLA Executive Director Atty Neil Y Pacamalan and CMU professors Angelita Jacobe and Hermi Pava.

The new agreement recognized CMU as the provincial academic host of the Voters Education Program in Bukidnon.

CMU is the biggest school in the province of Bukidnon and is strategically located at the heart of the province.

As an academic host, CMU will be the site of the Provincial Training of Trainers on July 18 and 19.

It shall also serve as the oversight institution for the Voter's Education in the different barangays of the province.

Meanwhile, the GBM is a nationwide alliance of civic leaders who believe in the social, political and economic development of the barangay as a precondition to genuine national progress.

GMB has committed to help broaden participation in governance by joining the pool of regional trainers who will conduct the training of trainers as well as the one-day voters' education campaign per barangay.

XU President Fr Jett Villarin expressed his sincere appreciation for broadening the base of stakeholders and for engaging more partners for the cause of democracy building and citizen empowerment through voters' education. (XU-GLI) [top]

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