Task Force 2013 General Assembly to be held
On July 1, 2012, the Task Force 2013 General Assembly will be held at the Pedro Calungsod Hall of the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. On the said event, electoral watchdogs and electoral stakeholders will gather to plot and discuss possible venues for collaboration and cooperation in ensuring a meaningful and transparent election. It will be remembered that during the 2010 General Elections, the largest loose coalition of electoral watchdogs and stakeholders have formed a network to ensure the maximum participation and enfranchisement of the seven (7) vulnerable sectors of this country’s electoral processes namely: Persons with Disabilities, Indigenous People, Internally Displaced People, First-Time Voters, Detainees, and the Elderly. This loose coalition was aptly named as the Task Force 2010, composed of the following organizations: Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) (Secretariat), National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA), First Time Voters Project (FTV),Citizen’s Coalition for ARMM Electoral Reforms (C-CARE), Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), La Sallian Justice and Peace Commission (LSJPC), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Teachers & Employees for Change, Education Reforms and Solidarity (TEACHERS, Inc.), Philippine Society of NSTP Educators, Inc. (PSNEI), Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Christian Convergence for Good Governance (CCGG), VOTE-Net, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), and Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER).
This coming 2013 election, the same organizations composing the Task Force 2010 sought to revive the and continue the noble causes espoused by the Task Force 2010 through the Task Force 2013. This time, Task Force 2013 has expanded its goals and contributions to nation-building and good governance. From merely giving voice and enfranchising the seven (7) vulnerable sectors to establishing mechanisms and structures that would encourage engaged citizenship and long-term preparations for a transparent and meaningful elections in the 2016 General Elections and beyond. It will also remembered that Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, the secretariat of the coalition, have not limited its involvements in the electoral processes of our country alone but also in programs and projects that would put into account the mandate, authority, duties and answerability of elected government officials such as Bantay Pangako.