by: Eula Ysabel Gilera, Selwyn Ace Mabait, Amilov Geoff Malabanan (SHS, SCB Representatives)
The Student Coordinating Board, in partnership with the Student Activities Office, recently continued its Radyo Lasalyano episodes, with its third installment—Radyo Lasalyano: Every Juan’s Vote Counts, last December 10, 2021.
It aimed to bring socio-political awareness and knowledge to both voters and non-voters in the Lipasallian community in duly exercising their right to suffrage and electoral responsibilities in the upcoming 2022 Philippine national elections.
The program was streamed on DLSL’s official YouTube account from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm and hosted by Selwyn Ace Mabait and Kim Ditan, Grade 11 and 12 HUMSS Representatives, respectively.
The program included playing music related to the episode’s theme and sharing comments, insights, or answers from the viewers in response to the questions given by the host. They are also encouraged to discuss their hopes and aspirations for the country by tweeting it, mentioning the SCB’s Twitter accounts, and using the hashtag, #RDToVote.
Songs such as “Sige Lang” by Quest, “Pinoy Ako” by Orange and Lemons, and “Di Ka Sayang” by Ben and Ben were played during the program.
Together with the hosts, the guests included Dr. Noriel Navita, a faculty member in the senior high school’s Social Sciences Department, and Gelo Lescano, DLSL COMELEC chairperson. They explicitly explained the characteristics of a smart and responsible voter, the credibility of news articles circulating the internet, approaches in expressing political views in a dialogue, and qualifications citizens should find in aspiring country leaders. These gave voters enlightenment and consciousness on voting wisely and debunking fabricated false information.
The invited speaker, John Carlos Moratalla, an AB Political Science student from the University of Batangas, and is the founder and executive director of PADAYON Philippines, also shared some facts in relation to empowering the voters, as well as the time frame of the upcoming elections this 2022.
The program ended with the hosts playing a Filipino-empowering song entitled “Noypi” by Bamboo.