The Commission on Elections said that they are ready to work with the Department of Education and TESDA to formulate the Voters' Education curriculum, based on a proposal in Congress to integrate voters' education in the Highschool curriculum.
"It is important that first-time voters are sufficiently knowledgeable about the electoral process." Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
House Bill 184 seeks to teach mandatory Voters' Education in formal and non-formal educational system in Fourth Year High School. The Voters' Education curriculum will be common to public and private schools, out of school youth, and enrollees in the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
"You will get the youth to vote if they fully understand the significance of elections and how crucial their participation will be, not only to the process as a whole, but also to their individual lives," Jimenez added.
The proposed curriculum will include Values Formation, Importance of the Right to Suffrage and the Sanctity of the Ballot, and Factors in Evaluating and Choosing Candidates.
The Commission has intensified its voters' education program for the October 31st Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataaan elections.
A total of 1, 614, 695 new voters aged 15-18 registered for the SK elections.
Source: Philippine Information Agency