PPCRV Partners with Smart to Call for Youth Poll Volunteers


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The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has partnered with PLDT mobile arm, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). The partnership aims to mobilize youth volunteers to serve as poll watchers in the upcoming national elections.

The PPCRV is a national parish-based political but non-partisan movement that promotes clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful elections. It is an accredited citizens’ arm of the Commission of Elections.

Smart, as part of the partnership, is providing logistical support for PPCRV to engage and empower more youth volunteers across the country.

“Smart has been an invaluable partner to PPCRV through the years. Once again, Smart stands side by side with PPCRV to ensure Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful elections. Our volunteers nationwide are truly grateful for your support.”

Myla Villanueva, PPCRV Chair

Additionally, Smart has set up a dedicated mobile hotline at 09287008222. The company has also turned over mobile phones and committed monthly prepaid load assistance to the election watchdog. Moreover, it has donated over 390,000 shirts which will serve as the official uniform for volunteers.

“It is an honor for Smart to support PPCRV in its noble mission to promote clean and peaceful elections. We believe in the critical role of poll volunteers – especially the youth – in fulfilling this mission, and we hope that through this collaboration, we would be able to encourage more young Filipinos to direct their passion into positive action and simply live smart and vote smart.”

Jane J. Basas, Smart SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business

Smart - PPCRV partnership

If you’re interested to volunteer, you can talk to the PPCRV coordinator at your parish.

Aside from poll watching at precincts, volunteers may also express their preference in other assignments including Voter’s Education, Voters’ List Cleansing and Verification, Voters’ Assistance Desk, Election Monitoring System Encoders, Logistics for Food and Supplies, and Transportation and Communications, among others.

Smart’s partnership with the PPCRV is part of its commitment to helping the country attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UNSDG 16, which calls for strong institutions.

To know more about the parish-based non-partisan movement and its mission, click here.

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