ABS-CBN News has again joined forces with government agencies, private institutions and schools to provide Filipinos with comprehensive and fair Halalan 2022 special coverage on multiple media platforms.
The partnership of more than 50 organizations was formally launched through a virtual covenant signing to reaffirm their commitment to work together to ensure clean, peaceful and honest elections.
According to ABS-CBN Integrated News head Ging Reyes, each partner has an important role in this year’s polls.
“Our partners represent diverse sectors in Philippine society that play important roles in times of national and local elections. From various agencies and departments of government to the business community, the media industry, educational institutions, corporations and nonprofit independent watchdogs and observers, we are extremely grateful and delighted to have you and your organizations as Kapamilya pa rin in this challenging but fulfilling endeavor.”
Reyes added that the partnership of ABS-CBN and the organizations is a step towards a more informed electorate that will decide the country’s future.
“I have no doubt that we as partners can work together not only to deliver election-related news and fight disinformation but to encourage discussions on relevant issues and empower Filipinos to make their choices on election day,” she explained.
Kontra Daya convenor Prof. Danilo Arao said the partnership is necessary to safeguard the Filipino people’s votes.
“Kinakailangan talaga yung sama-sama nating pagbabantay, paghahanda at pagkilos sa darating na halalan sapagkat ang esensya ng ating demokrasya ang siyang nakasalalay po ngayon,” he stressed.
Dr. Elena Pernia of the University of the Philippines highlighted the importance of voter literacy for Filipinos to be empowered voters.
“This initiative of ABS-CBN with its partners, with us, is very significant and in fact very critical. We, all Filipinos, deserve an education in political and voter literacy so that we can be empowered to become more discerning and more discriminating of information,” she said.
ABS-CBN News has been offering Halalan-related content since last year, while the citizen journalism movement Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo had partnered with Star Magic artists, schools and communities for its voter registration campaign and voter education activities. (Story/Photos by: Kane Choa)