BYAHENG BAGONG BOTANTE | First time voters pool money to rent ride for voters registration
As voter registration resumed this week, first time voters in Quezon City launched the Byaheng Bagong Botante campaign to encourage more youth to register with their free jeepney ride service.
Akbayan Youth helped pool money from youth registrants in solidarity with youth who cannot register because they cannot afford a ride to COMELEC.
“Nasa driver’s seat tayo sa susunod na halalan dahil mahigit kalahati sa mga rehistrado ay youth voters. Ngunit marami sa ating mga kapwa kabataan ang hindi nakakasabay dahil hirap silang makapunta ng COMELEC (The youth is in the driver’s seat this elections with more than half of registered coming from the sector. However, a lot of young people are left behind because they can’t afford the fare to COMELEC,” Benedict Atega of Akbayan Youth said.
“Ngayong patungo sa bagong destinasyon ating bayan sa halalan sa susunod na taon, huwag nating hayaang maiwan sa byahe ang mga kabataan (Now that t
he country is going towards a new destination with the elections next year, the youth should not be left behind),” Atega said.
“Ang ating pakikiisa lang ang ating puhunan. Simple pero mahalaga ang layunin ng Byaheng Bagong Botante: Ang makalahok ang lahat ng mga kabataan sa pagpapanalo ng kanilang mga pangarap. (Our solidarity is our driving force. Our aim in Byaheng Bagong Botante is simple: All young people should have a chance to join in winning their dreams for their country),” Atega said.,
The campaign route started in Sandiganbayan along Commonwealth Avenue and ended in COMELEC – QC Office near SM North. #