Philippine Embassies and consulates have begun the registration of overseas voters to enable migrant Filipinos to participate in the 2016 national elections, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
The DFA said the consulates in Lebanon, Warsaw (with jurisdiction over Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) and Belgium began overseas voters registration this month.
“The embassy’s active campaign to encourage Filipinos in Lebanon to register will be a continuous and sustained undertaking,” the department said. In Beirut, a total of 28 Filipinos registered, all of them for the first time.
Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Leah Basinang-Ruiz and other embassy employees promoted the overseas voters registration on their Facebook page and also during various Filipino community activities.
The Philippine Embassy in Brussels launched a “Makilahok! Participate!” campaign to encourage Filipinos there to register and vote. They promoted this through their Facebook page and through text message and e-mail brigades to the Filipino community.
On the other hand, the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw has officially opened its registration procedures to Filipinos there.
The continuing overseas voters registration will run from May 6, 2014 to October 31, 2015.
Most of the Philippine embassies and consulates around the world will be open from Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to accommodate those who wish to register and vote in the 2016 elections.