Less than two months before the 2019 midterm elections, Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo continued its campaign to educate voters by launching the Visayas leg of “Ipanalo: Boses ng Pilipino” in Bacolod City.
Over 200 students from the University of St. La Salle participated in the series of lectures and games that aim to encourage the youth to be involved in the elections.
Lawyer Salud Villanueva, Bacolod Provincial Election Supervisor, said it’s important to tap the youth, since their votes can have a big impact on a candidate's outcome. On top of this, most of them are tech-savvy.
“Yung kabataan sila talaga 'yung active sa ganito… ginagamit din nila 'yung social media to show yung pagiging active nila sa mga nangyayari sa paligid,” Villanueva said.
(The youth are really active... they use social media to show how active they are in terms of what's happening around them.)
She also reminded students on dos and don’ts during election day, such as making sure to shade the ovals on the ballots completely and not making unnecessary scribbles on the ballot.
She told the students to vote wisely.
“We have to remember that our vote is also our voice,” Villanueva said.
Samaera Añosa, 21, said she is eager to lend her voice in the elections.
“Mahalaga 'yung boto mo so make it count. Right mo yun eh. Kailangan mo talaga gawin,” she said.
(Your vote is important so make it count. It's your right. You need to do that.)
Añosa admitted she has not decided on who to vote for, but said she accepts the responsibility of researching the background of as many candidates as she could in order to make a right decision.
During the Election Reporting Workshop, BMPM Head Rowena Paraan said the elections is the one day every few years where there is a level playing field for all Filipinos.
“Kahit mayaman ka o mahirap, isa lang ang boto mo. Pantay-pantay tayong lahat,” Paraan said.
(Whether you're rich or poor, you only have one vote. We are all equal.)
BMPM also reminded Bayan Patrollers that ordinary people can use their voice not just through the act of voting, but also through sending reports about the elections through social media.
Several election-themed games were also held where students won prizes such as BMPM t-shirts and tumblers.
In Word Search, students answered questions commonly asked during elections.
BMPM also put a twist on the parlor game Trip to Jerusalem by labeling chairs “Truth” and “Lies,” encouraging the youth to be discerning when reading social media posts and know what is true and what is false.
Earlier this year, BMPM launched the Luzon leg of "Ipanalo: Boses ng Pilipino" at the San Sebastian College - Recoletos Manila, while the Mindanao leg was held at Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City.
ABS-CBN and De La Salle Philippines are partners for the 2019 elections.