<![CDATA[Votenet Philippines - News]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:24:07 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Watch and Pray for H.O.P.E.]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:06:03 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/watch-and-pray-for-hopePicture
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. Mark 13:33

Our Lord Jesus called upon his disciples to always be watchful and to intimately commune with God in prayer at all times, because a time is coming when evil in the world will finally be judged and God's will shall be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. 

With the crisis in Sabah escalating, the peace process in Mindanao under threat, and no immediate solutions in sight to uplift the lives of the poorest of the poor, even as the economy is poised for rapid growth, the country needs people who will stand in the gap, to be on their knees in prayer in the areas in our country where there is hopelessness, brokenness and discord; where there is pain, suffering, death and the presence of evil. 

We are that people. We hear the Lord's call for us to stand in the gap. And may His will be done in our country, as it is in heaven. 

The coming elections this May 2013 provides us the opportunity to come together for prayer as God's people in the Philippines, so that we may intercede for our country, and so that the Lord may grant us favor by appointing god-fearing and righteous leaders to govern the country.

We invite you to join us in a nationwide gathering for prayer. Under the banner, Watch and Pray for H.O.P.E., and organized under Votenet Philippines, we sound the call for people in the churches to gather as one in prayer, and respond to the challenge to act as watchers so that the country may have Honest, Orderly, Peaceful Elections this coming May 13, 2013. 

The event will be on April 27, 2013, from 8 to 11 am. In Metro Manila, the gathering will be held at the Bulwagan ng Panginoon of Day by Day Ministries at the Folk Arts Theater, CCP Complex. It will be preceded by a 5k fun run, IRun for HOPE at the CCP complex, from 5-7am. We hope to gather as many 5,000-7,000 for both event. 

And we look forward to having church groups and ministerial fellowships in as many as 20 cities all over the country joining in the prayer, all at the same time. We'd like to see your church, and the ministerial fellowship in your area joining in as well.  

For more information about how you can join us in this gathering and find how you can participate, please call the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches Office: (+ 632) 913.1655 to 57, and ask for Jo Eguico.

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<![CDATA[iRUN for H.O.P.E.]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:55:46 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/irun-for-hopePicture
Christian runners, show you support for the cause of Good Governance! Evangelical, health buffs, take part in the advocacy for Honest, Orderly, Peaceful Elections!

Votenet Philippines, in partnership with Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Onevote Movement and Athletes in Action will hold a 5K Fun Run, dubbed iRun for H.O.P.E.

This will be held on April 27, 2013 (Saturday), from 5am - 7am, at the CCP Complex. 

The 5K Fun Run aims to raise awareness about the 5K Criteria for choosing candidates to vote for during elections:
  • Karakter (Character as a Leader)
  • Karanasan (Experience in Governance)
  • Kakayanan (Ability to Govern)
  • Konkretong Plataporma (Platform of Governance Programs)
  • Koneksyon (Connections: dynastic, political, financial)

It also aims to raise volunteers for pollwatchers under the Onevote Movement. Onevote Movement is an accredited citizens' watch partner of the Commission of Elections (COMELEC).

A prayer gathering: Watch and Pray for HOPE, follows after the fun run. This will be held at 8:00-11:00 am at the Bulwagan ng Panginoon (Folk Arts Theater).

This event is part of Votenet Philippines' advocacy to encourage Christian churches to be active participants as Filipino citizens so that we may have an Honest, Orderly, Peaceful Elections; and as God's instruments for choosing elected leaders so that that country may achieve Good Governance.

For more information about the fun run, please call the PCEC Office: (+ 632) 913.1655 to 57, and ask for Jo Eguico.

<![CDATA[Training of Trainers for Voter Education]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 02:59:45 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/training-of-trainers-for-voter-educationPicture
Votenet Philippines invites pastors and church leaders to take the lead in educating their church members and people in their communities on how they can participate in the coming elections in God-honoring ways. 

The Christian Convergence for Good Governance (CCGG) will be conducting trainers' training seminars for interested participants to equip them on how they can implement their own voter education activities in their churches and in their communities. 

The trainers' training seminar will cover the following:
  1. Biblical framework on governance 
  2. Criteria of selecting candidates
  3. Electoral fraud
  4. Poll automation
  5. Cleaning the voters list
  6. Understanding the party-list

The first training session will be held on March 2, 2013, Saturday. This will be held at the Philippine Bible Society building, 890 United Nations Avenue, Manila (near LRT-1 UN Avenue Station). This is a whole day session, and will start at 8am and end by 5pm.

Registration fee is P100, and will cover the cost of training materials and handouts. 

There are limited slots available, so interested parties are requested to pre-register. Go to the Vote-Ed Section to register. 

<![CDATA[Screening for Volunteers for DZAS Social Media News Team]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:55:56 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/screening-for-volunteers-for-dzas-social-media-news-teamPicture
Would you like to be an active participant in the work of educating Filipinos about the coming elections through media?

Do you love to write? Are you fond of doing graphic designs? Can you make your own audio or video productions? Are you a blogger? 

Are you willing to commit to work for a few hours each week for the next three months until the elections?

Then, volunteer and become part of the DZAS Social Media News Team.

Sign up now. Find the SIGN UP FORM HERE

Screening will be held on FEBRUARY 16, 2013. Venue of screening will be at the FEBC DZAS Studios at One Corporate Center in Ortigas, Pasig City. 

This project is a partnership between FEBC/DZAS, Young People's Ministries, Philippine Bible Society, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Christian Convergence for Good Governance (CCGG) and Votenet Philippines.

<![CDATA[New Study Finds That School and Family Increase Young Voter Turnout]]>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:06:57 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/new-study-finds-that-school-and-family-increase-young-voter-turnoutPicture
New Study Finds That School and Family Increase Young Voter Turnout
Posted by Sayre Quevedo on January 31, 2013 at 05:37pm

photo: Ken Zirkel/ BY
There are a lot of misconceptions about young voters -- they don’t know as much as older voters, they don’t care about the issues, they don’t like to vote -- but a new survey from the The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) challenges those old stereotypes.

Youth Radio’s Sayre Quevedo spoke to Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, a lead researcher behind the study looking into why young people turned out in near-record levels last November.

Youth Radio: What are some of the highlights from the data you collected from young voters in November’s election?

KG: One of them is that young people know about as much as older adults about how political systems generally work. That’s contrary to what people have said before.

The other finding that was important was that the everyday experiences that young people have growing up really matter, like family and school -- things like how often family encouraged them to vote or discussed political issues or asked about their opinions, and the same applies to schools, whether it’s through classes such as social studies or civics. When teachers really teach young people to vote, it has implications on how often they vote, how much they know, and how engaged they are as young adults.

YR: What lessons can we learn from those findings to improve turnout among young voters, moving forward?

KG: The finding about family and school has a particular implication when it comes to improving young voter turnout.

Everyday experiences at the kitchen table, and small interactions with teachers and school administrators about how important it is to participate can really raise turnout and other forms of engagement.

I think voting, in some ways, is just the tip of the iceberg. People who vote tend to also do other things. When young people receive a social studies or civic education, they build skills and the idea that it is their responsibility to participate, vote, volunteer, or go to a meeting.

Part of it is just knowing how the government works, that’s the knowledge part. But the bigger part is about the value of civic engagement. That value gets communicated through parents and teachers and a school’s climate. It gets practiced when students have opportunities like working with community members, or making decisions together, or participating in model UN. Those are opportunities that give young people the confidence and skills necessary to participate.

YR: The study says that young people who have “high-quality civic experiences” are more likely to vote. What are those exactly?

KG: High-quality civic experiences could mean discussing current events, and being encouraged to discuss political and social issues with teachers who have different opinions. It could also mean conducting research on social and political issues, doing projects in the community, and being required to keep up with politics or the government by reading things like newspapers, watching tv, or researching on the internet.

YR: Are there schools that are more or less likely to have these “high-quality” experiences?

KG: It is very much predicted by the wealth of the community and the kind of students who attend the school, in terms of racial background, immigrant status, and socioeconomic status. We call that a civic achievement gap or a civic learning gap.

Another thing about low-resource schools is that they’re often really stressed for time because of the pressure of test preparation. Teachers feel the need to teach to the test, so there aren’t a lot of opportunities for enrichment. They [classes in under-resourced schools] tend to be more about the Constitution and government structure, and not really about on-going wars or what healthcare reform would look like for them. 

<![CDATA[Votenet partner One Vote Movement is accredited COMELEC Citizens' Arm for 2013 Elections]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:59:03 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/votenet-partner-one-vote-movement-is-accredited-comelec-citizens-arm-for-2013-electionsPicture
News report from gmanetwork.com

Comelec accredits third citizens' arm for May 2013 polls
January 31, 2013 11:24am

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accredited a third citizens' arm for the May 2013 midterm elections.
In a six-page resolution, the Comelec en banc gave the go signal to One Vote Movement, a mass-based constituency of mostly Protestant religious groups and non-religious organizations.

The group is composed of Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Balikatan People's Alliance, Alliance of Christian Development Agencies, Far East Broadcasting Company,. Heal Our Land Movement, Philippine Bible Society, among others.
The Comelec added that “One Vote was able to assist the Commission during the 2010 National and Local Elections and 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections despite being a newcomer thereto, a not so easy feat.”

The Comelec has tasked One Vote to:
  • conduct poll watching in various precincts;
  • assist voters on election day, especially the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, detainees, indigenous peoples and other members of the vulnerable sectors; and 
  • assist the Comelec in voter's information and education drives.

For its part, the Comelec is tasked to provide One Vote electronic copies of the voters' list and the project of precints “for the effective discharge of its responsibility.”
The poll body must also allow One Vote to witness the examination and testing of election equipment before the elections day.
One Vote must also commit to remain non-partisan during the elections.

The Comelec earlier accredited church-affiliated Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and elections watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) as its citizens' arms.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. cited their three citizens' arms to help them in their new tasks of campaign monitoritng, particularly the regulation on online campaigning.

In its petition, One Vote said it plans to revise its information dissemination system and to re-encode its list of nationwide volunteers and coordinators as preparations for the 2013 polls.

“This is one of the internal problems that were encountered during the 2010 elections,” the group said in the resolution.

One Vote was first accredited during the May 2010 presidential elections and the October 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Section 52 of the Omnibus Election Code gives the Comelec the power to enlist non-partisan organizations to assist them in ensuring free, orderly and honest elections. — Marc Cayabyab/RSJ, GMA News

<![CDATA[Why Get Involved in the Elections?]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:46:18 GMThttp://votenetphilippines.weebly.com/news/why-get-involved-in-the-electionsPicture
By Caloy Diño

I often hear many people in church saying that Christians should stay away from politics. And they state a number of reason for this, like the separation of church and state, or that politics is dirty. 

Given this, should church people be involved in the coming elections at all?

I firmly believe we should. I can give you three reasons why we should.

First of all, the truth of the Gospel is that Jesus is Lord. That is a political statement. That means that he is sovereign over all, even all political leaders. 

In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said to his disciples before his ascension, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." This means that everyone in authority on earth is subject to him as King of kings. 

Secondly, Political governance is God's idea. He sees leaders as His instrument for governance. 

In Romans 13:1, the apostle Paul said. " Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."

The Apostle Peter makes things even clearer, stating the reason why political leaders exist. In 1Peter 2:13-14, he said, "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,  (14)  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good."

Thirdly, God desires justice and righteousness in leaders.

King Solomon expressed God's universal desire for political leaders in Psalm 72:2-4: "May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!  (3)  Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!  (4)  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!"

God has given us the grace to have been born in a democratic republic. God gave us the freedom to choose our own leaders. And that grace comes with a responsibility. We have the constitutional authority to install good leaders and remove bad leaders. And we have the equal collective ability to install bad leaders and remove good leaders.

If we want our country's leaders to be subject to the Lordship of Christ; if we want them to uphold the good and punish evil; if we want justice, righteousness and prosperity to prevail, then therefore, we must ensure that these kinds of leaders do get elected. 

Which means we must he directly involved in educating other people about God's desire for leaders. And we must ensure that the true and accurate votes of the people are counted and upheld.