Comelec backs measure seeking to include voter’s education in school curriculum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:58

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has expressed support on the measure that would make voter’s education mandatory in the school curriculum.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said that giving proper education to students on how to exercise their rights of suffrage would be beneficial.

“Voter’s education should be an integral part of all social studies subjects in the curriculum. Young citizens must be made aware of their importance,” he said in his Twitter account, @jabjimenez.

He noted that having enough information on the country’s electoral system would enable the young Filipinos to choose the right leaders for the country.

“Voter’s education strives only to ensure that the voter makes an informed choice,” Jimenez added.

Parañaque City Rep. Eric Olivarez has filed House Bill No. 260 which seeks to include voter’s education in the school curriculum.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) earlier called for the inclusion of voter’s education in the school curriculum.

“Even while still in school, it will be good to get a head start on what is the responsible way of deciding whom to vote for, what criteria to look for… it is important to create a habit that will become virtues, in order to have a responsible voting mode of thinking,” said PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta de Villa.