A group of Catholic schools is pressing for voter’s education, especially among senior high school students who are qualified to vote.
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines – National Capital Region urged its member schools to teach students about the importance of voting.
“Let us train our students to be more engaged in their social responsibilities and make their voices be heard on issues concerning the sanctity of life, the family, and the sacredness of the ballot,” said Father Nolan Que, regional trustee of the organization.
The priest also asked Catholic schools to encourage youth voter registration after reports noted the low turnout of registrants last year.
The Commission on Elections has projected four million new voters for next year’s local and national elections.
Recent data, however, showed that only 1.1 million new voters have been registered.
In the national capital region alone, there are only about 117,000 new registered voters so far.
“In this light, I am recommending that our Senior High School students be taught how to register and vote for the May 2022 elections,” said Father Que said.
“Let us encourage our young brothers and sisters to take part in this important constitutional right that will make an impact on our nation and to the lives of every Filipino,” he added.
CEAP is an association of more than 1,500 Catholic schools nationwide. It has about 171 member schools in the national capital region.