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Unity Statement: Give Every Filipino a Chance to Vote

We, the academe, civil society organizations, youth groups, and sectoral leaders, call on the national government and election stakeholders to extend the voter registration deadline and ramp up voter registration initiatives to ensure that all eligible Filipino voters will be able to participate in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Citing the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority presented by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), a projected 73.3 million Filipinos are eligible to vote by 2022, with the youth accounting for more than 25 million. As of now, there are only 60 million who are registered to vote. This means, more than 13.3 million[1] Filipinos are not yet registered.

Given the multiple hard lockdowns in various parts of the country and the closure of satellite voter registration sites due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus pandemic, concluding voter’s registration too early may risk disenfranchising the 13.3 million unregistered potential voters. Based on previous elections, this number is enough to change the outcome of the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

In a time where democratic spaces are being challenged, now more than ever, it is important to value and ensure that we have exhausted all means to provide every eligible Filipino voter a chance for their voice to be heard.

Nevertheless, we welcome the efforts of COMELEC that allow more people to register before the September 30 deadline that includes an online voter reactivation status for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens, and an extension of voter registration hours.

Alongside these initiatives, we further call for specific measures such as increasing the number of satellite voter registration sites by partnering with local universities and colleges; exploring ways to accommodate first-time voters especially non-working and out-of-school youth; and adopting a multi-stakeholder approach in developing and implementing voter registration campaigns.

Sustainability and resiliency are two complementing concepts that strengthen the foundation of healthier and more inclusive societies. As the 2022 Philippine national elections draw near, we should call on the government and all other electoral stakeholders to infuse resilience into sustainability in our democratic processes for them to work.

The concepts of resiliency and sustainability, when done in practice, will result in the Filipino people not only being able to feel that they are encouraged to politically participate but also are empowered to make informed choices for our country.


[1] Source: Proposed Senate Resolution Urging the COMELEC to Extend the Deadline for Voter Registration from September 30, 2021 to October 31, 2021 to Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement Brought About by the COVID-19 Pandemic



Signatories:


Ateneo School of Government (ASOG)

La Salle Institute of Governance (LSIG)

National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)

Caucus of Development NGO Networks Inc. (CODE-NGO)

Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services Inc. (IDEALS)

Action Bridges Aspiration Trainings Inc. - Maluso Branch

Active Moro Alliance For Development

Active Vista Center, Inc.

Active Young Saver Society

Adlawan SK Youth

Advocates and Leaders for Action and Awareness (ADLAAW)

AIESEC in the Philippines

Aktibong Kabataan ng Dampalit (AKDA)

Al-barka Youth Serving Association

Al-Fauj Al-Imanie Philippines

Alamin Abdullah MALIGA

Aljalis Assalih Inc. (The Good Companion) -Pagadian City Chapter

Alliance of Magnanimous Youth Leaders Inc. (AMYL) - Cotabato City

Alliance of Magnanimous Youth Leaders, Inc. (AMYL) - Datu Anggal Midtimbang

Alliance Youth Philippines

Alpha Kappa Rho International Humanitarian Service Fraternity and Sorority Inc. - Maimbung Chapter

Alpha Phi Omega Lambda Nu Chapter

Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para sa Kapayapaan (AKMK)

Alyansa Pasig Youth Group

Anak ng Tribu Higaunen-Talaandig Association

Asbury College, Inc.

Association of Foundations, Inc. (AF)

Asturias Youth Organization

Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts (ACCA)

Ateneo Center for Leadership and Governance (ACLG)

Ateneo Peace Institute (API)

Awladul Islam Islamic Propagation

Ayala Young Leaders Alumni Association Inc. (AYLAA)

Bacolod Youth Coalition for Democracy

Bangsakultoura

Bangsamoro Young Leaders Program - Leadership Communities

Barangay X SK Council - Roxas City

Basilan Youth Development initiative movement

Batangas State University Alangilan Campus - Supreme Student Council

Benta Uno

Bicol University College of Engineering - College Student Council - Albay

Bicol University College of Engineering - College Student Council - Guinobatan

Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP)

Bukluran ng mga Katutubo para sa Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan sa Pilipinas

C's-SPARK

Capiz Eco - Youth Volunteers

CapSU - Main Campus

CCC Student Parliament

Cebu Coalition of Student Councils

Cebuano Youth Ambassadors, Inc.

Center for Community Extension Services (CCES) Ateneo de Zamboanga

Central Mindanao University

Central Visayas Network of NGOs and POs (CENVISNET)

Christian Family Movement

Coalition of Moro Youth Movement

Colegio San Agustin - Bacolod Student Government

College of Education Students' Society

Collegiate of Engineering Council

Communicators' Society LPU-Laguna

CTE League of Leaders

Dagook Sindaw Kalombayan

Democracy Watch Philippines

Democratic Alliance Student for Integrated Governance

Department of Education (DepEd) Bulacan

Division of Bulacan Federation of Supreme Student Government and Pinas Forward Bulacan

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University - South La Union Campus CSBO (DMMMSU-SLUC CSBO)

Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs and POs (EVNET)

EdukasyonPH

El Fuente PH

Fatima Vigan Multi Purpose Cooperative

Federation of Trans-Parochial Charismatic Communities (FTCC)

FEU Public Policy Center

Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)

Future Leader of the Philippines Capsu Dumarao Chapter

Future Leaders of the Philippines CapSU Dayao Chapter

Gawad Laguna Inc.

Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardee - Aklan

Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees - Iloilo

GMA Cavite Youth Organization

Good Governance Initiative

GoodGovPH

Government Watch (G-Watch)

Green Eco Warrior

H.O.S.T Organization

Hagonoy Young Leaders Program (HYLeaP)

Hijab for a Cause

Humanities and Social Sciences Council - Liceo de La Salle

Humans Helping Humans Initiative

I Connect Youth Network

InclusiviTeach

Innovations for Poverty Action

Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (ISACC)

International Association of Youth and Student for Peace

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

Iranun Youth Initiative

IYouDahan

Juan Youth Network

Junior Philippine Pharmacists Association - AUF

Junior Philippine Society For Public Administration - Central Visayas Chapter

Junior Philippine Society for Public Administration - NCR Chapter

Junior Philippine Society for Public Administration (JPSA) - Western Visayas

Junior Philippine Society for Public Administration Central Luzon Chapter

Junior Philippine Society for Public Administration North Luzon Chapter

Junior Philippine Society of Public Administration - Southern Tagalog

Kabataan Moro - Mamasapano

Kabataan sa Kartilya ng Katipunan

Kabataang Likha ni Pedro

Kabataang Lingkod Bayan ng Pilipinas

Kabataang San Joseño Movement

Kabataang Tambuli ng Pasig

Kajatian Active Youth Organization

Kalibo Youth Development Office

Kapisanan ng mga Guro sa Araling Panlipunan Sangay ng Lungsod ng Butuan Inc

Kapisanan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Araling Panlipunan (KMAP)

Katipunan Ng Kabataan - Barangay San Juan

Katipunan ng Kabataan - San Francisco

Kilos Ko Youth - Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

Kilos Ko Youth - Imus

Kusug Batah Sug Inc.

Lakas Kabataan Sulu Youth Power Inc.

League of Young Catalyst

LENTE Philippines

LGU Bulakan

LGU Claveria

LGU Orani

Liberal Youth

Liguasan Marsh Youth Association for Peace and Development

Local Youth Development Council - Aglipay

Local Youth Development Council - Malolos City

Local Youth Development Office - Jordan

Local Youth Development Office - Moncada

Lumba Bayabao Youth Leaders (LBYL)

Lumpukan Nu Kangudan Sa Libutan Lalawag A Kalilintad (LKLLK)

Lung-Aw Claveria

Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga ng Kalikasan

Madrasatu Mentok Al-Islamiyyah

Maki-BaKa (Bantay Kalikasan) Movement

Maluso Ecowarrior

Management Association of the Philippines (MAP)

Manindigan Na!

Mindanao Interfaith Youth Circle

Mindanao State University (MSU) - Maguindanao Supreme Student Council

Montay Advocates of Peace and Progress for Youth Association

Moriatao O Ranaw

Moro Active Group of Apas Peace and Solidarity (MAGPAS)

Movement to Victory Group

Multiple District 301 Leo Philippines

Muslim Christian Youth Alliance for Progress

Muslim Students' Union Philippines Inc.

Muslim Youth Brotherhood

MYDev Cotabato Youth Network (MCYN)

MYPEACE: Boses ng Kabataan

Nadil Afiyaat

National Society of Parliamentarians Inc. (NSP)

National Youth Commission

North Luzon Cinema Guild, Inc.

Now You Know (NYK)

Olympus Society of Davao Inc.

One Quest Langkiwa

One Society bringing Transformation through Effective Programs

Online SDG Youth Action Forum

Open Arms Organization

Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) - Estancia

Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) - Iriga

Pagsirang Inc.

Pangasinan State University

Pangutaran Youth Leader's League

Panlalawigang Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan - Aurora Province

Parish Youth Apostolate

Parish Youth Ministry and YOUACTIVE

PH-LEAD - Aurora Chapter

PH-LEAD - Baguio Benguet Chapter

PH-LEAD - Bataan Chapter

PH-LEAD - Bulacan Chapter

PH-LEAD - Cebu Chapter

PH-LEAD - Central Palawan Chapter

PH-LEAD - Marinduque Chapter

PH-LEAD - Northern Palawan Chapter

PH-LEAD - Nueva Ecija Chapter

PH-LEAD - Occidental Mindoro Chapter

PH-LEAD - Oriental Mindoro Chapter

PH-LEAD - Pampanga Chapter

PH-LEAD - Romblon Chapter

PH-LEAD - Sultan Kudarat Chapter

PH-LEAD - Tarlac Chapter

PH-LEAD - Zambales Chapter

PH-LEAD - Zamboanga Chapter

Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP)

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineer - Bicol University Student Chapter (PICE-BUSC)

Philippine Leadership Empowerment Alliance for Development, Inc (PH-LEAD, Inc)

Philippine Muslim Student Association - MSU Chapter

Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers - Bicol University Student Unit

Political Science Parliament

Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)

Project Namnama

Project Watch of San Pedro National High School

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) - LGU Roxas City

ProYOUTHactive PH

Public Administration League Student (PALS)

Public Administration Society - Echague

Public Administration Society - Ilagan

Puerto Youth Apostolate

PUP JPIA Manila

Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Ready, Set, Vote! - Batangas City

Ready, Set, Vote! - Ibaan

Ready, Set, Vote! - Lipa

Ready, Set, Vote! - San Pascual

REPORMA-ACS

Regional Federation of Supreme Student Government - BARMM

Responsible Young Leaders Organization

RiceUp Farmers Incorporated

RIGHTS

Rizal Estanzuela Youth Organization

Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente - University of San Carlos Chapter

Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu Leaders' Council

Sagot Kita Bayan

Saguisag A Ranaw

Salbo Pagating Mamasapano Shariff Aguak

Samahan ng Kabataang Boluntaryo ng Pilipinas (SKBP National Level)

Samahan ng Kabataang Boluntaryo ng Pilipinas (SKBP-CALABARZON)

San Julian Pride Advocacy Group Inc.

San Pedro National High School - Project W. A. T. C. H.

San Roque Parish Youth Ministry

San Vicente: Project Bayanihan

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Aguilar

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Baggao

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Barangobong

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Culasi

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Dayo-an

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Greater Lagro

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Labangal

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Mandamo

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Masikap

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Mate

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Milibili

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Raya Saduc

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay San Francisco

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Tanque

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barangay Tinawagan

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Barotac Viejo

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Butuan

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Kidapawan

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Laurel

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Pozorrubio

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) - Villaba

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation - Paranaque City

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation - Poro, Cebu

Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (LAIKO)

Siklab Pilipinas

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

SKIA Student Body Organization (SBO)

SKMF - Jordan

SMART SOCIETY

Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI)

Social Development Office (SDO) Ateneo de Zamboanga

Society of Youth Organization - San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan Chapter

SOHEILA

Sokah Bulan Basketball Associations

SoulPH

SPE-Batangas State University

SSC - Zamboanga City

SSC Manila College Student Council

St. Louis University (Baguio)

Sts. Peter & Paul Vicariate Youth Ministry

Student Alliance for a Christian and Real Education under Democracy

Student Parliament

Suara Kalilintad Association Inc.

Sulu Youth Peace Volunteers

Super Lumba

Support Values Group

Supreme Student Council Dumarao

Supreme Student Council Pontevedra

Supreme Student Council Sigma

Supreme Student Government - Lambunao National High School

Supreme Student Government - MSU

Supreme Student Government - San Lorenzo Ruiz Senior High School

Supreme Student Government - Sinagtala

Supreme Student Government-Mandaue City

Suwala Kamakanakan Peer Advocates

Tabang Sikad

Tagum SDG Youth Action Force

Tapocan Youth for Innovations

Tatak Botante

Tau - Social Peace Advocate of Real Tawi-Tawians Active Network

Taumbayan Project

TC Sparks Philippines Organisation, Inc.

Team Albay Youth Organizations (TAYO) Inc.

Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL)

Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO)

The Current — Official Student Media of City of Malabon University

The League of Political Science

The Student Power Party

The Outstanding Women in The Nation's Service (TOWNS) Foundation

Tipo-Tipo Tongtambisan Youth Organization

Trece Martires City College, Guild of English Majors

TUNAY na Pagbabago at Pamamahala

UCC Political Science Department

Ugop Ko Masa

Ugyon Youth Visionaries

Ukhuwwatu Al-Muslimah Linashri Ad-Da'wah wa Al-Islam (UMLADI)

Union of Progressive Students

United Bangsamoro Youth Organization

United Group of Active Youth Association

United Indigenous Peoples Youth Organization

United Voices for Peace Network (UVPN)

United Youth Action Group Datu Paglas

United Youth Development Association

United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD coastal)

University of Makati - College of Business and Financial Science Student Council

UP Capizeno

UP Paralegal Volunteers Organization

USAD - AdZu

USAID-Antipolo

US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG)

UST AMV ASSET - Alliance for Student Service, Equity and Truth

USTP CDO Alumni Association

UTOPIA - Society of BA Political Science

Voice of the Youth for Social Transformation (VYST)

Vote Pilipinas

We Care Organization

We the Youth Vote

Western Visayas Network of Social Development NGOs, Inc. (WEVNET)

WeTheFuturePH

Women of War - Youth Sector

Women's Business Council Philippines, Inc. (WomenBizPH)

WVSU-3S' SOCIETY

YOUActive

YouActive Barotac Viejo

Young Centrists Union

Young Visionaries of Basilan

Youth Ablaze

Youth Advocate for Community Development

Youth Advocates for Change, Transformation, and Sustainability (Youth ACTS)

Youth Alliance for Human Rights Ateneo (YAHRA)

Youth and Student for Peace

Youth Congress of Pangasinan

Youth Development for Patikul Association

Youth Empowering Youth Initiative

Youth Empowerment Society

Youth for Peace Movement - TALBOS

Youth of Lanao Onwards

Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines

Youth Vote Philippines

Zonta Club of Metro Ortigas


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