MANILA, Philippines - De La Salle University relaunched ‘Boto Lasalyano, Sulong Pilipino’ (BLSP) on Monday in preparation for the 2016 presidential elections, which aims to heighten the awareness and participation of the students.
The launch’s keynote speaker former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. emphasized on the importance of character formation through the use of H.I.T. or Honesty, Integrity and Trust in the youth.
Magsaysay also encourages the youth to register and fully inform themselves of the candidates, procedures, politics and exercise “due diligence.”
Comelec Education and Information Department Director Jaime Jimenez was also present in the event who spoke in a lighter mood towards the young audience. He emphasized on the huge statistic numbers that the youth has, including their voting bloc numbers and their ability to make things 'trend’ online.
“How can the youth influence the government using their numbers?” he asks. “Nakakapagtrending nga kayo, pero ano naman pinapatrending niyo?” Jimenez comments, referring to the youth’s preference towards entertainment and pop culture rather than on issues that matter.
Jimenez mentions that BLSP is an excellent place to start change in the youth.
Boto Lasalyano, Sulong Pilipino’ 2016 campaign
BLSP also seeks to mobilize Lasallians in different activiites that will further involve them in the national elections because of the power of the Filipino youth and their capability to become catalysts of change.
Boto Lasalyano started during the 2001 senatorial elections, making at that time DLSU an official partner of electoralrelated organizations like the Natinoal Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAFREL) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
Boto Lasalyano, Sulong Pilipino has four part plan of action: Voter Registration, Voter Election, Mock Election and Lasallian Volunteerism.
DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC says that he is pleased with how the committee is performing and acting in preparation for the elections.
“It’s the first day of school and here they are, holding a media launch to the campaign instead of hanging out with their friends around in campus. They have a good track record from the last elections. They were also able to get Comelec to hold voter’s registration in the building’s lobby, which really does entail a lot of work,” Suplido says further commending the group.
Asked about his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 elections, Suplido says that he is looking forward to the official candidates.
“As of now, I’m disappointed with the number of candidates who are stepping up. We are lacking choices. We have limited candidates running for President and Vice-President. People are interested in further expanding their choices on who our next leader will be,” he says.