QUEZON CITY – After launching its #STRONGERtogether national campaign for PWDs, Senior Citizens, and the Filipino Youth, the Institute for Policy, Strategy, & Developmental Studies, Inc. (IPSDI) presses forward in a last-ditch effort to boost voters’ registration until COMELEC’s deadline
The non-partisan campaign launched on Friday, August 13, 2021, together with COMELEC and Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWHI), seeks to support Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and Senior Citizens by providing transportation assistance to make accessible COMELEC registration sites in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
In addition, the campaign also appeals to young voters to register in exchange for access to a platform that provides opportunities for jobs, scholarships, mentorship, and training – the first campaign of its kind.
As of today, the Institute’s assisted 220 new registrants. Among these are 153 youths, 10 PWDs, and 7 Senior Citizens, with the rest age groups belonging to indigent communities across the country.
“The next few days will be crucial for the 2022 national polls, the clamor from the youth to participate in our democracy is deafening.” said IPSDI President Elmer Cruz “Now, more than ever, we’re firm in our resolve to make sure they play a role in the coming elections.”
To ramp up its campaign, especially amongst the youth because of the growing calls for an extended registration period, the Institute has launched a selfie contest to incentivize voters registration nationwide.
The contest offers cash prizes ranging from ₱2,000 - ₱5,000 for anyone who participates in the contest while following health protocols.
With only around 30 days left until the registration deadline, the Institute prods voters to register in a bid to increase public participation in the 2022 national polls; an election described as consequential due to the current COVID-19 global crisis.