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Youth encouraged to be the ‘turning point’ ahead of 2022 elections

April 20, 2021

Amid the rising waves of misinformation that further challenge democracy, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesperson and Director for the Education and Information Department James Jimenez urges Filipino youth across Central Luzon to be part of the solution by actively engaging in the 2022 national elections.

Jimenez made the call at a virtual regional conference after he was asked whether the presidential elections can give the nation its much-needed turning point. The Director emphasized the importance of young people and their sole power to design the kind of governance they want.

“Hindi eleksyon ang solusyon, ang solusyon [ay] ang tao,” the spokesperson exclaimed. “Tayo ang turning point — ‘pag hindi tayo magsu-step up, there is no turning and there is no point.”

Meanwhile, Kabataan Party-list National Spokesperson Raoul Manuel supplemented the video message of Representative Sarah Elago on youth participation in these trying times and in the upcoming elections. Manuel told the essence of mobilization and the maximizing of all social media spaces to spark positive change as well as initiate open dialogue.

Rappler’s Investigations & Research Editor Miriam Grace Go, on the other hand, tackled the role of youth in both their communities and in the elections, further specifying how they can be watchdogs and storytellers by sharing their experiences so “other people are assisted to have informed decisions and be involved.”

Spearheaded by Holy Angel University’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication program, in collaboration with the Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation (D&D) and Rappler’s MovePH, “In One Boat: How your vote matters” was held last April 16, Friday. Attended by various colleges and universities across the region extending to some parts of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Mindanao, the said event aimed to guide and prepare the youth in navigating the 2022 electoral process as they become resilient game-changers and pioneers of collective action.

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