Starting December 1, 2008, Philippine authorities will resume voter registration for overseas Filipinos.
The process will be a great opportunity to enrich the suffrage rights of global Filipinos.
The harvest potential is great. We need "lead harvesters" to mobilize global Filipinos in different parts of the world.
Our goal is to raise the number of registered global Filipino voters from 504,000 to, say, 20 percent of all Filipinos living abroad. That means about 2 million offshore voters. Together with their families onshore, they could reshape the Philippine political landscape.
Let us shift our preoccupation from complaining about governance issues to resolving those issues by enlarging our suffrage power.
Instead of predetermining the lead coordinators in different countries and cities, we invite all global Filipinos who wish to be "lead harvesters" to please email us the following information:
2. Email address
3. Country and city
4. Cell phone
5. Organization and position (optional)
6. Assistance offered (optional), e.g., email brigade, writing articles for publication, talk shows, organizing community events/announcements, coordination with the nearest consulates, posters and flyers, etc.
We address this request also to Filipinos living in the Philippines who have a global mindset and committed to good governance.
After we get all expressions of interest, we would cluster all interested parties in a given country and let them decide the lead coordination roles in their country of residence.
Let us all move to make governance change a reality.
Magrehistro. Ihalal wastong gubyerno!
Dual citizenship. The best of two worlds.
Victor S. Barrios
Global Filipino Nation