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First Time and Youth Voters Summer Confab
Magparehistro. Bumoto. Tuloy ang Pagbabago!
I. Rationale For roughly two years, the current administration’s “new type” of governance has been generally met with optimism by Filipinos as shown in credible surveys. The Filipino people trust the highest official of the country—and the government as a whole—much more than they trusted the previous administration. As the opportunities for greater participation are mounting, young people have to level up their strategies for active involvement. Youth agenda benefitting more members of the sector have to be pushed further. As the 2013 senatorial and local elections approaches, youth electoral participation is again an issue. According to the 2010 National Youth Assessment Study of the National Youth Commission, only 52.3% of the youth say they always vote and for the 15-17 age group, they claim that they never vote. This is a clear manifestation that many young Filipinos are still unconcerned in exercising their right to suffrage and actively partaking in an essential democratic process, particularly first time voters. If this mindset-culture is not addressed, youth electoral participation would remain low, and as in domino effect, other forms of political participation and more importantly, the level of the youth’s consciousness on democracy, would also remain unimproved. It is in this light that the First Time Voters’ Project (FTV), a non-partisan network of youth leaders in schools and communities, is beefing up on its voters’ registration and education campaign tagged as “Magparehistro. Bumoto. Tuloy ang Pagbabago!”

II. Objectives FTV will formally jumpstart its campaign this May 2012, a year before the 2013 elections. The First Time Voters’ Agenda-Building will start this summer. In order to do this, series of consultations among various youth groups (school and community based) will be held in between covering key cities/regions nationwide parallel with FTV’s voters’ registration and voters’ education campaign.

FTV National Office (c/o Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.) #34D Matulungin Street, Central Village, Diliman, Quezon City / www.firsttimevotersproject.wordpress.com / ftv2013@gmail.com / +639199914521/+639157834937

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The proposed 2-day First Time and Youth Voters Conference to be held in National Capital Region on May 11-12, 2012 will commence all FTV Network initiatives, primarily the crafting of the FTV-Youth 2013 Agenda. Participants will be composed of FTV Network coordinators from key cities/provinces, which are mostly vote-rich areas, particularly Baguio, Tugegarao, Dagupan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Naga, Legaspi, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, CDO, Zamboanga, NCR, among others. The said conference intends to:  Consolidate first time and youth voters network coordinators  Create program of activities for voters’ registration and voters’ education series  Consult youth leaders to develop a modernized 2013 youth agenda III. Budget Requirement (see separate attachment)

IV. Draft Program 2013 Election Challenges and Prospects – Philippines’ Political Situation Atty. Barry Gutierez Young Filipino Situation and the Challenges ahead Georg Nava, National Youth Commission What is FTV Migz Angeles, FTV National Coordinator Keynote: “Magparehistro. Bumoto. Tuloy ang Pagbabago” COMELEC Chairperson Sixto Brillantes Visioning workshop Lydia Cabasco, Team1Eighty Agenda-building workshop Education Rapporteur: SCAP SecGen-to be Peace Rapporteur: Nikki Delfin, GenPeace
FTV National Office (c/o Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.) #34D Matulungin Street, Central Village, Diliman, Quezon City / www.firsttimevotersproject.wordpress.com / ftv2013@gmail.com / +639199914521/+639157834937

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Health Rapporteur: The Forum/UNFPA Political Participation Rapporteur: Phil Recentes, AY Employment Rapporteur: Gio Tingson, NYC Committee on Youth Employment Environment Rapporteur: Patricia Lim, Environment Society Miriam College Planning: Direction Setting and Action Planning Regional workshop to be facilitated by FTV and CYAN Secretariat Panel Presentation of FTV Regional Plans North and Central Luzon Southern Tagalog NCR Bicol Central Visayas Western Visayas Eastern Visayas Northern Mindanao Western Mindanao Davao and SOCCSKARGEN ARMM

FTV National Office (c/o Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.) #34D Matulungin Street, Central Village, Diliman, Quezon City / www.firsttimevotersproject.wordpress.com / ftv2013@gmail.com / +639199914521/+639157834937