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"WALKAH-WALKAH: Take the first step to voter education" campaign


"WALKAH-WALKAH: Take the first step to voter education" campaign
“WALKAH-WALKAH: Take the first step to voter education” campaign

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will officially launch the “WALKAH-WALKAH: Take the first step to voter education” campaign tomorrow, 6 May 2014, in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

According to COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez who is also spearheading the project, WALKAH-WALKAH is a project that aims to traverse the length of the island of Luzon, on foot, to promote voter’s education.

Tomorrow’s launch or STEP-OFF that also coincides with the start of the registration period, 6 May 2014, will feature the following activities:

1) BIOMETRICS CLINIC – wherein local COMELEC officials conduct brief lectures on the following matters:

a) How Biometrics are Used to Ensure Clean and Honest Elections;

b) How Biometrics are Captured / How Biometrics are processed by the Automated Fingerprint Identification System

2) FORMAL OPENING OF THE 2014-2015 VOTER REGISTRATION/VALIDATION PERIOD – wherein the Chairman delivers an inspirational message and formally declares the start of voter registration/validation;

3) FIRST REGISTRANT / FIRST VALIDATION – wherein local COMELEC officials demonstrate the process of registration and validation for members of the media;



5) STEP-OFF – wherein the Chairman sends off the Walking Team on the first leg of the Project.

Jimenez will be accompanied by a nine-man Walking Team who will go through towns, municipalities, and cities where they will hold public gatherings to deliver voter education and voter registration information to the citizens.

Those interested to be volunteer ‘walkahs’ or those who will join the COMELEC team in walking from town to town can visit to register.

Social media volunteers are also needed for the campaign to assist with the maintenance of WALKAH-WALKAH. social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, etc.; help to engage readers on social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, etc.; assist with coordination of and social interaction during live events online and in real life; build editorial projects on platforms such as Storify and Pinterest; drive traffic to the WALKAH-WALKAH website and blog; keep potential partners informed about the progress of the Walking Team across multiple platforms; promote WALKAH-WALKAH and its values at all opportunities; work with Walking Team to promote new and timely content; and generate ideas that will inspire our users to contribute content for use in digital and print features.

To register as social media volunteer or to learn more about the project, you can visit or

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.