[Press Release] Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013 to Propose Concrete Actions for Electoral Reforms -Visayas Clergy Discernment Group

Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013
to Propose Concrete Actions for Electoral Reforms

Bp Gerardo Alminaza croppedThe Cebu Archdiocese through the Office of the Archbishop, in partnership with the Comelec-7 and DepED-7, will launch a summit to explore concrete actions in addressing election issues in Cebu.

The “Summit on Credible Cebu Elections 2013:Addressing the Most Challenging Election Issues” will be on February 23, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cebu Mariners’ Court, Pier 1, Cebu City.

Around 1,000 individuals are expected to participate in the Summit, namely: COMELEC Election Officers, DepED Supervisors, Cebu Clergy, NGO’s/PO’s representatives, Universities and Colleges Representatives (Administrators/Faculty), Youth Leaders, PNP (Regional, Province, City) Directors, representatives from media, political parties, LGUs, business, and religious/faith-based communities/councils.

Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma in his invitation to different groups said that the Summit will “endeavor to forge maximum unity in embracing electoral advocacy and in implementing the needed concrete strategies for electoral reforms.”

During the Summit, there will be workshops on the following concerns: 1. Vote-buying, 2. Electoral Rules Violations/Irregularities, 3. Political Dynasty, 4. Sectoral Agenda.

The workshop on the Sectoral Agenda are for the following sectors– farmers, fisherfolk, urban poor (informal settlers, vendors, drivers), workers, women, youth, elderly and persons with disabilities.

To prepare for the summit, some law schools in Cebu are studying the said election issues and will propose policy reforms.

Speakers during the Summit are Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Visayas Clergy Discernment Group Head Convenor Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, Secretary of Education Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, and Comelec 7 Regional Director Temie Lambino.

Registration fee is P250.00 per participant to cover for lunch, snacks and handouts. For inquiries, please contact the Archdiocesan Discernment Group Secretariat (Dottie) at Telephone No. (032) 255-2743.

For Reference:
Convenor, Archdiocesan Discernment Group
Tel. No. (032) 272-8091

February 2, 2013
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