Category: forums and townhall meetings

Timbangan 2013: The Results from Pasig

On April 24, 2013, the Timbangan process done in the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati was replicated in Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City. This second exercise in evaluating the 2013 senatorial candidates may have yielded a different ranking, but what remained the same was the marked change in voter preferences after the process of benchmarking. It is clear that using the scorecard compels voters to think beyond jingles and gimmicks and seriously consider qualifications and platforms.

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Timbangan is about learning the process of evaluating candidates, not about endorsing particular candidates. Anyone can take the process and apply it to any set of candidates, whether national or local, for any position. In fact, we encourage people to do so. We are thrilled that a number of people have expressed interest in conducting similar activities in their respective schools/communities/barangays.


Timbangan 2013: The Results

Voters weigh in on the 2013 senatorial candidates using MGG’s Scorecard

The Movement for Good Governance, together with partners Youth Vote Philippines and Mulat Pinoy, gathered a group of concerned citizens to evaluate the 2013 senatorial candidates* using MGG’s criteria of Effective, Empowering, and Ethical leadership. The event, dubbed “Timbangan 2013,” was conducted on April 16, 2013, at the Amphitheater of the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati. Voters of all ages, from students to working professionals to senior citizens, participated in the exercise.

MGG’s “ballot boxes”

The objective of Timbangan was to present voters with an objective criteria for evaluating candidates and to determine whether voter preferences changed after they applied the criteria. MGG conducted two polls: one at the beginning of the event prior to the introduction to the scorecard, and a second at the end.

After casting their initial votes, the participants were briefed on MGG’s leadership criteria and the use of the scorecard.

Timbangan panelists

The distinguished panel

A panel, led by MGG Chair Solita Monsod, then engaged in a lively discussion about the candidates’ qualifications. Prof. Monsod was joined by former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo, former Comelec Commissioner Augusto Lagman, former Governor Rafael Coscolluela, and Ateneo School of Government lecturer Joy Aceron. The panelists were asked to identify which of the candidates, in their opinion, met the scorecard criteria. They did not always agree and the audience were left to form their own opinions on the candidates based on various inputs.

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As they listened to the panel discussion, the participants scribbled down notes, referred to their candidate briefer, and gradually filled out their scorecards.

The event concluded with the participants casting their votes in the second mock polls. Though it was nearly 9:00 PM, the participants stayed as MGG volunteers tallied the votes.

The feedback that MGG received was overwhelmingly positive. The participants found the process of benchmarking to be very effective in helping them decide which candidates deserve their vote. Some came to the event feeling unsure of their choices but left feeling much more confident. Others were very sure of their initial choices, but subsequently changed their minds. Timbangan’s results show that using a scorecard can significantly change the way people vote.

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*Due to time and logistical constraints it was not possible to discuss all the candidates, so this Timbangan was limited to the top 24 in the surveys (at the time we started preparing for the event). We are currently exploring the possibility of holding other Timbangans, to include a wider set of candidates, and to engage more voters.

Timbangan is about learning the process of evaluating candidates, not about endorsing particular candidates. Anyone can take the process and apply it to any set of candidates, whether national or local, for any position. In fact, we encourage people to do so. We are thrilled that a number of people have expressed interest in conducting similar activities in their respective schools/communities/barangays.

Invitation to Timbangan 2013


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The Movement for Good Governance (MGG), together with Youth Vote Philippines and Mulat Pinoy, invites all concerned citizens to Timbangan 2013, an exercise in evaluating the 2013 senatorial candidates. Do those seeking office meet MGG’s criteria of effective, ethical, and empowering leadership?

Let us know what you think. We look forward to your participation on April 16, 2013, Tuesday, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Amphitheater, Ground floor, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati. The program is available here.

A panel led by MGG Chair, Prof. Solita Monsod, will discuss the qualifications and track records of the top 24 candidates.

Solita C. Monsod Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, Former Director-General of NEDA and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary

Roberto F. de Ocampo Former Finance Secretary, former president of the Asian Institute of Management, former chairman and CEO of the Development Bank of the Philippines

Guillermo M. Luz Private Sector Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council, former Executive Director of the Makati Business Club, former Secretary-General of NAMFREL

Augusto C. Lagman Information technology expert, former COMELEC Commissioner, former NAMFREL QuickCount head

Rafael L. Coscolluela Former Administrator of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, Former Governor of Negros Occidental, Former Presidential Adviser for Western Visayas

Joy G. Aceron Lecturer and Research Fellow at Ateneo de Manila University, Program Director of the Government Watch (G-Watch) Program of the Ateneo School of Government

The event will start and end with a mock election, to determine whether or not audience preferences changed after the candidates were rated using the MGG scorecard.

Entrance to the event is free and all are welcome to attend. The Timbangan Team is extending a special invitation to Pinoy bloggers who would like to live blog during the event.

To confirm your attendance or for further information, please send an e-mail to or leave us a message on Facebook.

Follow @MulatPinoy and @MGGPhils for livetweets! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #BotoKo2013.

Electoral Risks Forum

The COALITION FOR VOTER EMPOWERMENT invites you to be part of the live studio audience of tonight’s Electoral Risks Forum!

Please confirm your attendance with Ms. Chingkel Juan at 898-3221, 898-2913, 898-2617 or 0917-8836555.

The forum will be telecast live on ANC and DZMM– the first of a series of Townhall meetings of the Coalition for Voter Empowerment which aims to empower Filipino voters with good information on the gut issues affecting them. It is crucial for voters to cast informed votes in May 2010, and the Coalition is aiming to engage the youth vote that account for 50% of the voting population.

Issues will be discussed by experts and processed with the audience in ABS-CBN studios (one in Metro Manila, two in the provinces) and candidates on TV-radio (Live on ANC and DZMM Teleradyo, with delayed telecasts in ABS-CBN’s Studio 23, and simultaneous live streaming in These will be followed through on Web-based media and social networking sites (Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to help the voters get a better grip of the issues.

Date: 29 January 2010 (Friday)

Time of Forum: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Live on ANC and DZMM

Call Time: 7:30 PM for Guests, 7:00 PM for Audience

Venue: Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Sgt. Esguerra corner Mother Ignacia Sts. Quezon City



News: Talakayan 2010 to tackle economic issues Talakayan 20.10, an issues-based forum that pushes national leaders to share their vision and position on issues of national importance, continues its leadership forum series at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 27) at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City.

The focus of the discussion will be economic issues.

“This is a great opportunity for the voting public to listen to the candidates running in 2010, how they plan to address the issues on the economy,” said Bill Luz, chairman of the Movement for Good Governance (MGG).

Guests who will cover the event live on their blogs and social networking sites will be given free entrance passes and free Internet access, while students will be given 50 percent discount from the P200 registration fee.

Meanwhile, Filipinos in San Francisco, New York, London, Rome, Riyadh, Tokyo, Sydney and other parts of the globe can catch the live Web streaming of Talakayan 20.10 on The forum will be aired on GMA7 and Radio Veritas.

“We at, want to allow our kababayans both here and abroad to participate in these forums without actually being there. We feel it is our duty and responsibility,” said Katrina Sandejas-Mañosa, general manager of, the online portal of the STAR Group of Publications for the Filipino global community.

In partnership with the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, YouVote Philippines and Rotary International District 3830,, GMA7 and Radio Veritas, Talakayan 20.10 will be held at the SGV Hall of Asian Institute of Management in Benavidez St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Viewers outside the Philippines can catch the live broadcast at the following times: San Francisco (12 a.m.), New York (3 a.m.), London (8 a.m.) Rome (7 a.m.), Riyadh (10 a.m.), Tokyo (4 p.m.), Sydney (5 p.m.).