Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CEAP/BACS in the 2010 national election

A consultation meeting with the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools(BACS)-member schools(represented by their respective Directors for the Office of Student Affairs) was conducted 10am-12 this morning at the Board Room of the Ateneo de Naga University.

Represented in the meeting are the following schools/universities: Ateneo de Naga University, Universidad de Santa Isabel, Sta. Clara College, Divine Word College of Legazpi City, Aemilianum College and St. Louise de Marillac College of Sorsogon City, Liceo de Masbate, and the La Consolacion College of Daet, Camarines Norte.

BACS, as the local chapter of Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), is preparing to mobilize faculty, personnel, and students for engagement in the 2010 elections.

Fr. Joel E. Tabora SJ, President of the Ateneo de Naga University and of the BACS, attended the consultation meeting. Atty. Minetta Estanislao of the Archdiocese of Caceres Council of the Laity and the PPCCRV Coordinator for the archdiocese was also in attendance.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Guide for voters!

We will be watching you closely!!

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is undertaking nationwide mobilization of volunteers from its member-schools to watch over the conduct of 2010 elections.

The Bicol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS)is promptly gearing up for this mobilization.

Initial consultations were conducted between the Institute of Politics of Ateneo de Naga University and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)of the Archdiocese of Caceres. Both organizations are currently engaged in various voters education initiatives in preparation for a mobilization towards the 2010 elections.

An initial meeting/planning of the Student Affairs Directors of the BACS-member schools from all the provinces of the Bicol Region will be conducted on Tuesday, 23 February, at the ADNU Board Room. Among the agenda will be the presentation and discussion of the CEAP guideline for mobilization of volunteers from schools and universities.


ADNU Hosts Mayoral Fora

The University Social Involvement (USIC) - Committee on Socio-Political Education and Involvement (CSPEAI) and the Social Sciences Department of the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) teamed up to hold mayoral forums entitled Safeguarding 2010 and Beyond: Getting to Know the Candidates last 18 February 2010.

The first of the two forums was held at ADNU’s Gymnansium from 9-12 o’clock and featured four Naga city mayoral candidates – Atty. Adan Botor, former City Councilor Luis Ortega, Incumbent City Councilor Atty. John Bongat and former City Mayor and former Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Sulpicio Roco.

The forum was divided into three parts. The first part gives the candidates 20 minutes to answer key issues on Governance, Environment, Economics, Peace and Order, Education, Arts and Culture and Social Services. The second series of questions came from the panelists composed of Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Director Atty. Jo Aileen Cabiles, Arts and Sciences faculty member Bernadette Gumba, Noel Amador of University Student Recruitment Office (USRO) and Ateneo Personnel Club (APC) and Jose Rizal Model Student Chanelle Anne Allorde. For this part the candidates was given only two minutes to answer questions. The third and last series of questions, pre-screened by a technical board, came from the audience consisting of students of Naga city. For this part the questions range from the pertinent “What’s your stand in the RH bill?” to the revealing “If you won, will you appoint one of your rivals as city administrator? If yes, who will it be?” The question which solicited much interest and applause from the crowd was “If you’re not running, who will you vote for among your rivals?”

The second forum was held at Instructional Media Center (IMC) form 1:30- 4 in the afternoon. Resource persons for the event were mayoral candidates of the municipality of Pili composed of former municipal mayor Tomas Bongalonta, incumbent municipal mayor Romy Salazar, Atty. Noreen San Luis and Dexter Morano.

This forum likewise followed the three section format. Panelists were Deputy Academic Vice president for Formation Janet Badong-Badilla, OSA Director Atty. Jo Aileen Cabiles, Noel Amador of USRO and APC and Glenn Fabia of the Supreme Student Government-Student Tribunal.

Elmer Abad III served as the forum’s Master of Ceremonies.

The event was meant to educate voters. Over 800 participants joined the two forums.

— Rex Perez

Monday, February 8, 2010

Guide for voters

Interesting framework drafted by Dilaab Foundation Inc. (www.dilaab.com) for voters discerning on their choices: LASER TEST

Does he/she have unexplained wealth?

How will he fight against corruption and drug money in government while remaining a person of integrity?

Is the candidate close to corrupt individuals and/or drug lords?

Election conduct:
Does he buy votes and does his campaign funds come from dirty money?

Has the candidate been involved in corruption and/or drug issues in the past?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pinoy Voters Academy

Administrators, faculty members, personnel, and student leaders of Ateneo de Naga University attended the PINOY VOTERS ACADEMY Trainers Training conducted last 23 January 2010 at the Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. The training was provided by the Simbahang Lingkod Bayan.