LEGAZPI CITY: The Diocese of Legazpi through its Diocesan Commission on Social Concerns and Social Action Center officially launched the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Albay-Election Operation 2016 here.
The PPCRV Albay affirms its commitment to assist Commission on Election as its citizen’s arm and to work for honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE).
“Consistent with our HOPE advocacy, we are campaigning against vote buying and selling, political dynasties, and election-related violence. We are also introducing grassroots communities to the concept of and venues for people’s participation in good governance,” said Bishop Joel “Bong” Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi in his pastoral letter.
At the height of the campaign season, Baylon directed the priests to conduct voters education campaign, candidates forum to educate voters from provincial, city to municipal levels.
“We will organize these [campaigns]in every city and municipality in the province where candidates can come together, present their plans to the public and debate on issues that matter to their respective communities,” he said.
The diocese will also establish voters assistance desks and election monitoring on election day while PPCRV volunteers will be deployed in every polling center to assist voters and board of election inspectors in the upcoming polls.
Bishop Baylon earlier asked law enforcers in the Bicol region to dismantle the presence of private armed groups and confiscate loose firearms to ensure the conduct of peaceful elections in the region next year.
The prelate said that there’s a need to intensify and enhance presence of government forces in places volatile to election related incidence.