Overseas voting gets a boost as COMELEC joins TFC and DFA for tripartite agreement

By MediaNewser.com | Friday, October 09, 2015


The Commission on Elections Office of the Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) joins The Filipino Channel (TFC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA OVS) to strengthen the call for overseas Filipinos (OFs) to participate in the 2016 elections.   COMELEC OFOV, the implementing arm of the overseas voting Act, DFA OVS, the deputized agency overseas and TFC, the premier network in the world, formally entered into a tripartite agreement today, October 7 at the ABS-CBN Corporation headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines.

Full press release after the jump...

PRESS RELEASE FROM ABS-CBN GLOBAL:
The Commission on Elections Office of the Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) joins The Filipino Channel (TFC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA OVS) to strengthen the call for overseas Filipinos (OFs) to participate in the 2016 elections.   COMELEC OFOV, the implementing arm of the overseas voting Act, DFA OVS, the deputized agency overseas and TFC, the premier network in the world, formally entered into a tripartite agreement today, October 7 at the ABS-CBN Corporation headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines.

COMELEC OFOV Chairman Commissioner Arthur Lim is proud to mark his first month in the office with this milestone and with TFC.  Commissioner Lim shared “Without media partners like ABS-CBN TFC, our premier network, local as well as global, we would not be able to really undertake, much less expect a degree of success in the implementation of our law on Overseas Voting.  I am very happy we have this MOA because through this, we have an assured and effective way of disseminating information.”

The tripartite agreement hopes to bring more awareness on the importance of the overseas vote; inspire OFs to take the first step to vote; and then translate these registered OFs to voters who can then play a role in nation-building by choosing the country’s next leaders.

Delivering the message of ABS-CBN Global Ltd. Philippine Branch Managing Director for Asia Pacific Ailene Averion, Customer Relations Management Head Allie dela Cruz shared, “I understand the crucial role that TFC as the premier network and as part of the private sector holds in terms of building our nation.  Like parts of a whole, one sector cannot entirely function without the other so we join both these good agencies for the wheels of nation-building to keep on turning.”

The TFC team was also represented by ABS-CBN Global Head of Content Ned Legaspi and Regional Finance Officer for Asia Pacific Lawrence Reyes.

Meantime, DFA – OVS Chairman Undersecretary Rafael Seguis says with this tripartite partnership, his team is hopeful they can turn more OFs into registered voters.  “Last January, we breached the 1 million mark of active registered voters.  To date, there are 712,938 new qualified registered overseas voters.  By the end of the registration period, we expect this figure to breach the 800,000 mark.  With this tripartite partnership, we are looking at more milestones to come.”

TFC and DFA OVS initially signed an agreement on August 26 in the hope of increasing the numbers of registered voters worldwide.  Since then, the TFC team on its part has explored all its platforms to propagate the overseas vote.

During the MOA signing, TFC launched a public service announcement (PSA) to show the ease of registration through the irehistro.  With broadcast journalist Atom Araullo at the helm, the PSA showed the easy steps for registration by logging on to irehistro.comelec.gov.ph

The PSA is also seen via TFC’s seafarer service with partner shipping lines plying 150 nations.

Through TFC’s community boards airing worldwide and social networking sites, the network has also been sharing important updates on the overseas registration as well as reminders for the upcoming October 31 deadline of registration.

 TFC has also been opening its events for the Philippine posts to tap for off-site registration.  During the historic “ASAP 20 Live in London” nearly a hundred Filipinos registered during the one-day concert in September 6 where Filipinos from London and nearby cities trooped to The SSE Wembley Arena to join their kababayans celebrate the “Galing ng Filipino.”  On September 20, about a hundred Filipinos who were at the Rosehill Gardens in Racecourse to join Kapamilya stars at OKGo! Australia, availed of the consular services including for registration at the booth of the Philippine Consulate in Sydney.

In Japan, the Philippine Embassy registered over 300 registered voters in the two-day “Philippine Festival” conducted by the Philippine Festival Organizing Committee and the Philippine Embassy.

On October 11, the Philippine Embassy (PE) in Korea will also conduct an on-site registration at the “Bayanihan Sa Korea” at the Ansan Wa Stadium Plaza in Ansan City where TFC is media partner while TFC will let the PE conduct an on-site registration at the TFC@theMovies screening at the Nexus Auditorium, 5 Koek Road Singapore 228796 on October 18.

Filipinos in these areas are encouraged to register online at irehistro.comelec.gov.ph, print the form, bring their ID and have their biometrics taken at these mobile registration centers.

Meantime, OFs in the Philippines can also register at 13 overseas registration centers (OVRC) in the Philippines.  These are: DFA Regional Consular Office in Davao, San Fernando, Pampanga, Cebu, and DFA Satellite Offices in Robinsons Galleria, SM Manila & Ali Mall; DFA Office of Consular Affairs in ASEAN Business Park in Paranaque; NAIA Terminals 1 to 3 in Pasay City, POEA in Ortigas, Mandaluyong, & Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc. in Makati City, Marina & Kalaw City, Manila; and CFO in Osmeña in Manila, & OWWA Training Center in Intramuros where ABS-CBN Middle East, Europe & Africa (EMEA) News Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe & Head of News Gathering Dindo Amparo registered themselves at launch.

Deadline for overseas voting registration is on October 31, 2015 while the voting period for the 2016 Presidential Elections is from April to May 9, 2015.  For more information visit www.dfa-oavs.gov.ph and www. comelec.gov.ph  Watch out for more updates via TFC’s community board Global Post (What’s Up in the Middle East), Balitang Global and facebook pages worldwide.

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