COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 28, 2007) – At least 300 candidates running for the local village and youth council elections attended a forum in the southern Filipino town of North Upi as the Church calls for a peaceful polls on Monday.
The forum, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines (EDSP), was dubbed as “Boto Mo, Kinabukasan Mo! Lumahok sa halalan at iboto ang magtataguyod sa kapakanan ng mamamayan” under the Philippine Episcopalians Action for Clean Elections” (PEACE) program.
“Despite the issue of corruptions and anomalies enfolding the country, we are hopeful that through our renewed and committed youth and barangay (village) officials, we can make a change,” Rev. Fr. Francis Imperial, parish priest of North Upi, said.
The forum, held recently, paved the way for interactive and responsive governance for the people of North Upi, the priest said.
One of the forum’s resource people, Bai Ali Indayla, national secretary-general of the non-government organization, Suara Bangsamoro, gave ample and valuable insights on the role of youth on politics of change.
She also discussed the present situation of the Filipinos on politics, economic and cultural aspect.
Indayla also challenged youth candidates to prove that the Sanguniang Kabataan is no haven for corruption, but a venue to explore and substantiate that youth has a significant function to promote good governance.