Everywhere we go, or to any organization we belong to, we commit ourselves to live to the best of our abilities to uphold whatever core values or advocacy our organization provides. But it is also essential that we choose the best fit for a leader that we firmly believe can lead us in maximizing the resources to attain our vision. If we are this keen on small to large organizations, isn’t it just right to be as keener as possible in choosing the best for our country, the Pearl of the East - The Philippines.
May 9, 2022, will surely be one of the biggest days in the history of our country. It isn’t so elusive to everyone that on this day is the National election where we, Filipinos, will be choosing the man or woman that we believe is the best fit to lead us into a better Philippines. Sadly, not everyone is yet to acknowledge the power we all have as voters. For some, it is just a holiday to enjoy. For some, it will just end and pass, and people will have to accept the result of their choices and then deal and live with it. But what is it really for us that we should remember that being involved in this activity gives us the power to contribute change and love to all our fellow citizens?
Since we were born in this beautiful land, we are always proud of it for many years now. Our country has been through so many challenges of invasions, terrorism, corruption, recessions, and so many economic difficulties. Many innocents have been a victim of all these wars. Victims aren’t just those killed innocently, but also those who are not directly affected but suffered through many wrong economic decisions due to a lack of competence and knowledge of many national and local leaders. And who again suffers the most? Not the Rich, of course. Not the privileged. But the mass of the Filipino people are subject to many taxes but do not benefit from the leadership we had.
That is why voting is important. And profoundly searching and examining the best leadership to appoint is more necessary because it won’t just give you the satisfaction of being led and served by competent people. It will also provide the country the hope to become better again.
The data given by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) shows that as of December 2021, around 65,745,529 Filipinos in the country who are at least 18 years old are registered to vote on May 9. Approximately 1,697,215 Filipino overseas have registered to vote and may participate in the overseas absentee voting (OAV), which the Comelec earlier announced and took place starting April 10.
In terms of voter profiles, the majority—or 53,795,522—of voters are aged 18 to 57. There are 37,015,901 voters aged 18-41 years old, while there are 11,925,708 voters aged 58-60 and above. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said, “We are not saying that those aged 41 years old are still young, but it’s within that range, right? Between 31 to 41, we can say they belong to that, and that would account for 56 percent actually,” last February. “Eighteen to 41-year-olds account for 56 percent of the voting population,” he said.
According to demographics, CALABARZON is the region with the highest number of 9,193,096 voters, and next to it is the National Capital Region with 7,322,361.
More Filipinos registered to vote this year than the total registered voters in the 2016 and 2019 elections—54,363,844 in 2016 and 61,843,771 in 2019.
During the past two national elections, 2016 and 2019, votes have the best turnouts at 22-24 and 25-29 years old, respectively. It is expected that this generation’s youth could have the most influential voice in this coming election. The Comelec is also expecting a 78% turnout on total votes. Many believe that this coming election is indeed a critical one. Many have been openly voicing their political stance and perspective, trying to persuade and invite everyone to participate in this undertaking. Every vote count has to mean more vital today than ever because in our hands, in our shades, in our vote lies another six years of the Filipino people’s hopes and dreams of living in a better country.
But how do we choose the best? As many arguments arise about which is correct, whether leadership is born or made, one should show proof of works and accomplishments before the masses can choose them to be their leader. Sadly, some citizens still don’t care to take deep research and analyses but instead follow some emotional and personal illogical reasons such as fame and influence rather than credentials and accomplishments. But little do they understand that every vote matters and every vote is a power with a responsibility to do good for others by choosing who is right.
The country is facing a greatly negative impact on the economy due to worldwide wars. People should be wise to choose someone who understands how the economy works, how one creation of a business can benefit the family of the one given a new job opportunity, and how this can help the economy in producing GNPs and GDPs and increasing the spending behavior thus increasing the demand and supply of products. This simple economics can significantly improve the inflation we are facing; therefore should be deeply understood by the leaders we must have. Thou it is true that these things can be learned, but we can’t wait for a whole term for those just playing with politics and power not truly understanding what it is for the majority of the Filipino people.
This simple economics can significantly improve the inflation we are facing; therefore should be deeply understood by the leaders we must have. Thou it is true that these things can be learned, but we can’t wait for a whole term for those just playing with politics and power not truly understanding what it is for the majority of the Filipino people.
The leadership we need right now is not just the one that builds but the one that encourages everyone to make it. We don’t need people who are to learn how to work when we can already have those who, even without the spotlight, had worked their life up both leading and serving. We have power in our hands, and let’s be sure to use it wisely.
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