Ateneo de Davao University’s Blue Vote 2013 and ABS-CBN’s Bayan Mo, I-Patrol Mo had their culminating activity last May 6. Volunteers came flocking at the AdDU Open Field for the event that started with festivity as the dancers followed the beating of the gongs and drums.
The volunteers, wearing their white shirts, had their hands painted with the colors red, blue and green as they imprint on a paper their own written promises of dedication. Franklin Nicolas of STI College of Davao also pledged his commitment to “provide and ensure clean and honest elections.” Joining him is Junny Apoy of the Royal Blood Rescue Team, who pledged as a partner in “dealing with safety and security of the volunteers.”
In behalf of the Blue Vote volunteers, SAMAPULA president Cesar Clarion said in an interview with ABS-CBN that students, especially student journalists, should care about this kind of matter.
“We are aiming for a clean, honest, transparent and credible elections,” Clarion said, which were also the same words he wrote on the paper with his hand mark.
Chai Gumia, a 2nd year Education student, also shared the same sentiment with Clarion and saw it as an expression of love for the country.
“I can show my love for this country by the benevolent act of giving time and effort in supporting a clean and honest election this coming May 13,” said Gumia.
Fr. Archimedes Lachica S.J. congratulated the students in the opening of the short program. He said that the event was, “a gathering of champions for good governance.” He clearly stated that the main function of a volunteer is to safeguard the integrity of the 2013 elections.
The culminating activity ended with the waving of flaglets. The volunteers, together with the ABS-CBN reporters cheered, “Kami ang mga Patrol ng Pilipino. Bayan mo, i-patrol mo. Tayo na!”
There are over 200 student volunteers for the Blue Vote 2013. Application for volunteer work is still on-going. The culminating activity was aired live through ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda and the regional morning show, Maayong Buntag Mindanao. A motorcade for the ‘Bayan Mo, I-patrol Mo’ vehicle followed after the event.