Bawat Isa Mahalaga (B1M) conducted “Tamang Kandidato (TamaKa) sa Eleksyon 2019: Local Interactive Voters’ Education” workshop at the Performing Arts Center, Palawan State Unviersity on Friday, May 10.
TamaKa is one of the key programs of B1M, a non-profit organization and a non-partisan political movement, which aims to encourage a values-based voting for the upcoming midterm election.
B1M Founder and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno explained, “Kailangan ibalik, ipanariwa sa mga Pilipino kung anong mga pinahalagahan nila sa buhay,” she said. “Ang ginagawa natin ay itinataas natin ang antas ng paningin nila [sa eleksyon]. Dinidikit natin ito sa papanaw ng Diyos sa ating bayan.”
“Tinatanong naming sila kung anong mahalaga sa kanila at pagkatapos, sila mismo ang nagsasabi at kalimitan, lumalabas na tatlo ang gusto nila: kandidatong maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-bayan,” Sereno further told PDN.
“I’m pushing for a set of values na i-adopt ng mga Pilipino kasi nakita ko halaw ito sa kanilang kaalaman eh. In other words, deep inside, they want it. They want to do what is right. Nahihirapan lang sila so tinutulungan lang natin sila na i-bridge yung point na ‘yon,” she added.
B1M volunteers Mr. Guammer Partosa and Atty. Joy Abejo facilitated the interactive workshop which gave the students the chance to discuss and learn the significance of election, the role of the senators, and the reasons for choosing the right senatorial candidates.
A senatorial mock election was conducted before and after the workshop. The second mock election was done to see how the participants’ preferences changed after the discussions. They were also given a research guide of the senatorial candidates’ track record to help the participants in voting.