Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ilocano youth makes presence felt in Ilocos Norte

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Laoag City—The Ilocano youth are making their presence felt in Ilocos Norte, using the influence of social media as a tool to engage youth volunteerism and participation in the next Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in 2015.

In Ilocos Norte, the provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported at least 6,731 Ilocanos aged 15 to 17 went in droves during the 10-day SK registration from September 20 to 29, 2014.

Amidst super typhoon “Mario” [Fung Wong] that battered Northern Luzon and later put Ilocos Norte under a state of calamity, the SIRIB youth office of the Ilocos provincial government Norte manned by the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA) were able to encourage and inspire qualified SK voters to go to their nearest Comelec office and beat the September 29 deadline for registration.

Comelec Region I election director Noli Pipo 1 said in an interview that the SK registration will not be extended in the province. 

The successful turnout of SK registration in Ilocos Norte may have been attributed to SIKA’s initiative challenging all qualified SK voters in Facebook to say “Yes to youth participation” by posting their photos online with their duly accomplished registration form.

Similar to the ice bucket challenge, every registered SK will identify and challenge at least three of his friends to do the same in support of the SK 2015 elections.

Aside from social media challenge, posters and streamers about the SK registration period were also posted in strategic places such as in schools and government buildings.

As of July 2013, there are about 9,391 who registered for the SK elections.

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