WITHOUT doubt, last Saturday’s successful launching of the “Register Anywhere Project (RAP) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ought to excite the Filipino people.
A first in the country’s political history, the multi-pronged project enables qualified voters, 18 years old and above, to register as an elector anywhere in this Southeast Asian nation.
Comelec Chairman George Garcia, a lawyer, reported heavy turnout of registrants during the pilot testing of RAP in Metropolitan Manila (MM), Leyte and the Bicol Region.
The project provides convenience to voters who are temporarily residing in areas outside their actual city, municipality or district of residence, according to Chairman Garcia.
“We are monitoring every (shopping) mall. Initially, very successful. Security guards registered first. This is a good start,” said Garcia told newsmen at SM Fairview, Quezon City.
RAP is held on weekends until Jan. 22, 2023, except on December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1.
Venues are SM Mall of Asia (MOA), in Pasay City; SM South Mall, Las Pinas City; Robinson’s, Paco and Ermita, Manila; and Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City.
The provincial venues are Robinson’s North, Tacloban City, Leyte; SM City, Legazpi City, Albay; and Robinson’s Place, Naga City, Camarines Sur.
We commend the poll officials for their all-out efforts to register more qualified voters long before the holding of the next off-season national and local elections in 2025.
Certainly it’s a move in the right direction which all well-meaning Filipinos support.