Townhall meetings empower and transform

The Movement for Good Governance (MGG) led by its Chair Prof. Winnie Monsod organized several townhall meetings in Tagaytay, Bulacan, Dagupan City, Obando, Bulacan, a commercial bank, and the exclusive villages in Makati. The Tagaytay meeting was participated in by priests who are alumni of “Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol.” PPCRV volunteers took part in the Bulacan meeting while the Dagupan meeting was organized by Bishop Soc. Villegas. Drivers and members of the household staff from exclusive villages in Makati participated in the townhall meeting.

The participants described the townhall meeting as the first of its kind. The meeting started with pre-voting. Participants cast their votes on the candidates for President, Vice President, and, Mayor. They were given chips which they placed inside a container that bore the name of the candidates. Thereafter, they discussed the characteristics of the candidates that demonstrate their “Effectiveness as a Leader”, “Empowering Leadership”, and “Ethical Character”. The participants freely exchanged their ideas and experiences using the scorecard that MGG prepared.

The townhall meeting ended with another round of voting. A visible change was noticeable which show that information can be transformative and empowering. Choices of voters change when they are given the chance to be informed and to participate in debates.

The results of the pre-and post voting are as follows:

Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol, Tagaytay City, February 16, 2016

President Pre-voting Post-voting
Binay 6 1
Duterte 6 2
Poe 14 2
Roxas 22 43
Santiago 7 2
Vice President Pre-voting Post-voting
Cayetano 2
Honasan 1
Marcos 1
Escudero 6
Robredo 40
Trillanes 0

No post-voting was made for the candidates for the vice-president because of the lack of time.

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