The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen (BCBP) Tagbilaran North and South Chapters and the Provincial Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) are launching the “Bumoto ng Tapat, Bumoto ng Nararapat” election advocacy on March 14, Sunday.

BCBP Chapter Heads Soc Fucanan and Totsi Escobia met last week with Fr. Warly Salise of the Diocese Social Action Center to iron out details of the project which will be launched simultaneously in nine different parishes in Tagbilaran.

These parishes include: St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish, Barangay Sang Birhen Shrine in Cogon, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Dampas, Our Lady of Lourdes (K of C), St. Jude in Mansasa, Sta. Cruz in Dao, St. Isidore in San Isidro, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Taloto and St. Anthony de Padua Quasi-Parish in Ubujan.

The launching will be held during the mass wherein Bishop Leo Medroso, PPCRV Provincial Chair, is expected to issue a letter informing the public about the advocacy. A “Pambansang Panalangin Para Sa Halalan 2010” will be prayed along with the putting up of drop down banners and advocacy materials within the Church grounds.

The prayer and materials will bear the messages; urging the public to vote for candidates who are MAKADIYOS, MAKABAYAN, MARUNONG, MASIPAG and MARANGAL.

Print ads in the local papers and the airing of info commercials over the radio will also be done during the day.

After the launching, the advocacy project will be extended in the remaining parishes in the Diocese of Tagbilaran and selected Parishes in the Diocese of Talibon.

The “Bumoto ng Tapat, Bumoto ng Nararapat” is a joint advocacy project of PPCRV, BCBP and COMELEC, to call all citizens to exercise their sovereign right to choose the leaders who will move the nation and their respective communities forward, and to ensure a clean, honest and free elections.

BCBP, through its BE HONEST advocacy was tasked to conceptualize and produce communications materials for voter education and dissemination of the campaign materials and messages to the public.

PPCRV Chair Henrietta T. De Villa and BCBP Board of Trustees Chairman Roberto A. Atendido recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this undertaking. (aeescobia)

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BCBP EDITOR March 7, 2010 - 12:14 am

To our Brothers in BCBP Tagbilaran North and South:

PEACE in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Thank you for your wonderful effort to propagate our community’s joint advocacy with COMELEC and PPCRV.

Your strategy of bringing the program to the attention of the bishops in your area is indeed an effective way to get the dioceses to support this undertaking wholeheartedly.

We continue to pray with you as you roll out the election advocacy program and reach out to our citizenry to be more discerning in the choice of our incoming set of leaders.

To God be the glory forever!

Joey Avellana, NSC Programs and Services

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