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Be Part of the Change

Less than a year from now, the country will be again given the opportunity to decide the course that it will take, a choice that will have far-reaching implications. Trying to make a difference for this country might seem like a waste of time but to try is the only […]

“Just vote. – LENTE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) would like to call on the voters of Puerto Princesa to ignore the tense and confusing environment that the recall election has created in the city and just vote in the electoral exercise 2 days from now. “It is understandable […]

Teachers want non-compulsory service during elections

MANILA – With the presidential elections merely one year away, a teachers’ group called on lawmakers to immediately pass a bill that would give public school teachers the choice to decide whether or not to render service during the elections. House Bill 5412, or the Election Service Reform Bill, will […]

House Suffrage body eyes making election services of over-burdened public school teachers voluntary

Four separate bills making election services voluntary for public school teachers and other qualified citizens are under consideration by the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms. “Elections are fundamental to a democratic country like the Philippines. Election service is an essential civic duty that should be made available to […]

Poll inspectors’ lack bared

A teachers’ group on Thursday said that the Commission on Elections may be facing a severe shortage of 120,000 public teachers who can  volunteer as board of election inspectors in the 2016 polls. Teachers Dignity Coalition national chairman Benjo Basas said  that the shortage can offer Congress a chance to […]

Teacher groups push for bill lifting compulsory nature of election service

MANILA – Four days before Congress resumes sessions, the three biggest teacher organizations in the country pressed leaders of the House of Representatives to give priority to a bill that makes it only optional for teachers to do election-related duties.The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and […]

Teachers renewing appeal vs mandatory poll duties

With the 2016 general elections just a year away, public school teachers are again calling on the government to make Election Day duties optional and not mandatory. In a media forum on the Election Service Reform Bill and the preparations for the 2016 Elections scheduled today, teachers’ groups, including Teachers […]

Non-compulsory election duties for teachers pushed

MANILA, Philippines – A year before elections nationwide, various groups called for the approval of a House bill that seeks to make election duties for public school teachers non-compulsory. The groups – like the Philippines Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA), the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), and the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition […]

WHAT COULD GO WRONG IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS? A year before elections, watchdog LENTE points out five issues that need to be addressed ASAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A year before the 2016 National and Local Elections, the election group LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections) identifies five concerns/issues that could affect the elections’ credibility.  The five concerns are:  appointments in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the system to be used in the elections, COMELEC’s […]

To serve or not to serve? Make us decide – Public School Teachers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Four days before Congress resumes its session, the three biggest teacher organizations in the country, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and Philippines Public School Teachers Association (PPSTA), called on Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales and other lawmakers to push for […]