By Mario Urrutia III
The hype for the election season is really on the roll. Students from the University of the Philippines have been preparing for the midterm elections.
A series of election-related activities have been organized by different student organizations in the university. Various election-related activities and campaigns are being organized to cater to students; awareness on the elections.
The University Student Council (USC) started the trend with its election campaign, Tatak Botante. The campaign is spearheaded by the USC Education and Research Committee and has already established itself as a year-long campaign. Tatak Botante has brought poll awareness activities in UP Diliman.
Tatak Botante has then brought election education to UP Diliman students through its youth participation talks and registration activities. Apart from this, the campaign has also led to the first senatorial forum in the UP system through Ang Pagsusuri. The event converged different senatoriables and has even landed on Twitter’s trending topics.
DZUP, UP’s radio station started its election talk series last March 4. The stations has then invited partylist groups and senatoriables to its program, “Boto 2012 – Eleksyon, Talakayan, Kaalaman,” which airs on weekdays from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.
Since then, different election-related activities have been conducted in the university. The UP Economics Society and UP Advertising Core, and the UP Economics Towards Consciousness have both invited senatorial aspirants to discuss on their stands on societal issues through their respective forums: Rundown 2013 and Town Hall.
Other activities were also conducted in the university in partnership with the Commission on Elections and youth groups. PCOS demonstrations have been conducted in the School of Economics and in the College of Social Sciences and Philisophy.
A mock election happened in the College of Mass Communication on February 28. It was supervised by the UP Journalism Club through its Mamamayan/Mamamahayag campaign. The campaign aims to shed light on citizen journalism’s role on the elections while the event aims to gauge students’ votes on the senatorial candidates.
The mock polls was also conducted in four other universities in Metro Manila including the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University.
In the University of the Philippines polls, Dick Gordon topped with 66% followed by Escudero with 61%, Casino with 55%, Cayetano with 51%, Hontiveros with 47%, Legarda with 42%, Pimentel with 41%, Trillanes with 35%, Angara with 33%, Zubiri with 31%, Aquino with 25% and Poe with 25%.