Candidates’ forum spearheaded by Diocesan Electoral Board reels off Friday

April 4, 2013 10:28 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, April 4 –- A series of candidates’ forums for the May 13 polls will reel off on Friday through May 3 to be aired live on Fil Products Cable TV Channel 6 and will be simultaneously carried by local radio stations in Negros Oriental.

The activity is part of the voters’ education campaign of the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete, headed by its convenor, Monsignor Julius Perpetuo Heruela.

At a final coordinating meeting by the DEB executive committee on Thursday, Msgr. Heruela said the candidates’ forums will provide a venue for the electorate to listen to the candidates seeking various elective positions in the province on their respective platforms.

The first forum will feature nine congressional candidates from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd districts of Negros Oriental. They will be given equal time each to introduce themselves and later on a Q & A will follow with questions from the floor or through texting to be accommodated.

Msgr. Heruela said the candidates’ forum has been successful as seen in previous elections in reaching out to the electorate to support efforts for a clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful or CHAMP elections.

A regular activity held during election time in the Philippines, this year’s candidates’ forums deviate from the usual practice of holding the forums in key cities and municipalities in Negros Oriental to cut down on travel time but reach a wider coverage instead.

Fil Products Cable TV Channel 6 has the widest reach in terms of television coverage in Negros Oriental, covering all the towns and cities of the province except the northernmost areas of Canlaon City and Vallehermoso, and the mountain town of Mabinay, according to Girlie Bernardez, manager, HR chief and marketing executive of the said cable TV network.

All the forums are gratis, in the interest of public service, said Bernardez.

Some FM radio stations have also committed to hook up to Channel 6 for a simultaneous live coverage while the Catholic Church-run DYWC-AM will be on delayed airing.

The other schedules are as follows: April 10 for governors and vice-governors; April 16 for board members in the first district; April 18 for second district board members; April 23, third district board members; April 26, Dumaguete City mayors and vice-mayors; April 30 for first batch Dumaguete City councilors; and May 3, second batch city councilors.

The Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) is composed of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Army, the Department of Education (DepEd), ),), the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, the Affirmative Action for Good Governance (AAGoGo), some media representatives and the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Dumaguete, among others. (PNA)

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