Telco joins campaign for clean elections

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GLOBE Telecom has joined ABS-CBN’s “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Tayo Na!” campaign for citizen empowerment and clean elections.

“Globe always works for a better-educated voters body and pushes for active people participation in choosing the next Philippine leaders. This time, aside from Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo, we are also supporting the Fully Abled Nation program to encourage even persons with disability and their families to go out and register for the May 13 polls,” Globe Corporate Communications head Yoly Crisanto said.

Globe Telecom’s pledge of support is embodied in a manifesto which it signed together with four other private companies.

The manifesto calls for the mid-year elections to be held in a “transparent and credible manner” as well as underscored the need for wider public participation in the national voting.

Thus, signatories to the campaign agreed to do their share in encouraging people to work together and practice vigilance to eradicate electoral anomalies as well as protect the future of the country.

“A more knowledgeable and conscientious public is essential to effect meaningful change in our society,” the manifesto stated.

Aside from Globe and other private firms, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs which spearheads the campaign also inked a partnership with government agencies, leading universities, print publications and non-government organizations.

During the 2010 elections, Globe also lent its ICT expertise to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) and SImbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB).

Globe served as one of the major sponsors of PPCRV’s “Botong-Boto Ka Na Ba?” poll watchers manual and training video on the automated elections.

It also installed NDD-capable landlines and Internet connection for Bantay ng Bayan, a Namfrel project dedicated to observing the entire election process and reporting its findings directly to the people and also to SLB Gabay Halalan, a voters’ information hub.

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