In the recently concluded 2020 US Elections, the candidates from the Democrat party namely Joseph “Joe” Biden and Kamala Harris won over incumbent president and vice president Donald Trump and Mike Pence. People around the country celebrated the victory and even those who aren’t from the States, including Filipinos, congratulated Americans in voting Biden and Harris as their new heads of state.
This is because during the four years of Trump’s presidency, a handful (if not more) of issues were faced by the western powerhouse. These issues include building a wall between US and Mexico to “avoid” illegal immigration, a Muslim ban to “prevent” terroristic attacks in the US, and most recently, the COVID-19 response by the administration. It should be noted that Trump also pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord which deals with how countries belonging to the United Nations (UN) can help address climate change and lessen greenhouse emissions.
The election of Biden and Harris signifies a better environment for the US especially as Biden has vowed to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and political experts say that immigration can vastly improve with the new administration. (Read: Pia Wurtzbach Calls on Voters to Register as Pemberton Gets Absolute Pardon)
The millennials’ turn to vote
And with the US elections giving hope to many, the hashtag #TayoNaman trended on Philippine Twitter for a few days. The hashtag originated from netizens that said it’s the millennials’ and Gen Z’s turn to elect new and better government officials in the upcoming 2022 presidential elections.
Many Filipinos were celebrating the Biden-Harris win and were saying that the Philippines can do the same in 2022. They further encouraged the younger generation to register for the elections because they know better than to vote trapos (traditional politicians) who are putting their own interests above the nation. It was also emphasized that every vote counts–because it really does–and also because Biden won over Trump in two towns Massachusetts by just a vote. (Read: COMELEC Releases Guidelines for Voters’ Registration)
Registering amid the pandemic
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still register for #Halalan2020! But first, who are qualified to register and vote for the 2022 national elections?
Anyone who successfully satisfies the following criteria can register:
- Must be 18 years old or above on or before May 9, 2022
- Must be a resident of the Philippines for at least a year before the elections
- Must be a resident of the town or city where they plan to vote for at least six (6) months before election day
If you satisfy the criteria, then you can now start the voter’s registration process. Here’s what you have to do.
Step 1: Download the application form
The voter’s application form can be accessed through the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)’s website. You may click this link to go straight to the downloadable file.
You can also download the form through COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez’s website by clicking here.
*Note: The form should be printed back to back.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment at the Office of the Election Officer
This is an optional step as walk-ins will still be allowed by the office, but those with appointments will be prioritized. You can check the contact number of your local offices through this link for Metro Manila offices, and this link for those outside NCR.
Step 3: Go to the Office of the Election Officer on the day of your appointment
Don’t forget to bring the necessary documents to your appointment as the election commission would need these to verify your identity. Any of the following IDs will be accepted for registration and transfer of registration: (Read: Comelec Rolls Out Facebook Group to Answer Registration FAQs)
- Postal ID
- Senior Citizen ID
- Driver’s License
- Student ID
- NBI Clearance
- SSS/GSIS ID
- Any other ID that has the registrant’s address printed on it.
For more information on requirements, you may click here.
Don’t forget to bring alcohol and hand sanitizers, wear a face mask and face shield, and maintain physical distancing during your registration appointment.