Poll watchdog appeals to youth: Volunteer during midterm elections

Published March 27, 2019, 11:37 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco 


A Church-based poll watchdog group urged the youth to ‘be part of history’ and volunteer in monitoring the midterm elections on May 13.


Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Executive Director Maria Isabel Buenaobra said they will be needing 300,000 volunteers to man 85,000 poll areas across the country.


“We want the youth to watch out for an opportunity for them to volunteer, to be part of history. Don’t be apathetic, make your voices heard. Make the most of the elections,” she said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Tuesday.


Buenaobra said two or three volunteers will be assigned to each polling area.


PPCRV volunteers can be assigned as poll watchers, unparallel voting counters, and assistors for persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Volunteers can also be assigned to join the roving teams and prayer brigade.


Those interested to volunteer can contact their parishes for more details.


Buenaobra said it is the “spirit of volunteerism” that kept PPCRV alive for 28 years.


“I think PPCRV has succeeded; I saw the spirit of volunteerism that has animated the organization,” she said.


“We are fueled by the energy of volunteers. They register, they help out, they know para sa bayan ito (that this is for the nation),” she added.