PPCRV is Comelec’s citizens’ arm in May polls

PPCRV is Comelec’s citizens’ arm in May polls

By CBCP News

February 19, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Commission on Elections granted accreditation to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting as its citizens’ arm for the May 13 midterm polls.

In accrediting the PPCRV, the Comelec en banc cited the group’s reliability in poll watching activities in the past elections.

“We have taken into account the petitioner’s track record particularly its participation in the past electoral exercises and in subsequent similar election-related activities both local and national,” the Comelec said.

As an accredited poll watchdog, the Catholic group is tasked to conduct voters’ education program nationwide.

Its duties also include providing assistance to voters and reporting campaign violations, among others.

“The Commission would accordingly need all the help of all advocates of orderly and honest elections to assist it in the upcoming elections,” the poll body added.

The poll watchdog group is currently headed by Myla Villanueva, a PPCRV trustee since 2010.

Villanueva is considered a pioneer for women in the local and global technology industry.