27Oct2013 Press Release - NAMFREL celebrates its 30th anniversary and inaugurates the Bantay ng Bayan Awards

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  • 7/27/2019 27Oct2013 Press Release - NAMFREL celebrates its 30th anniversary and inaugurates the Bantay ng Bayan Awards

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    NATIONAL CITIZENS MOVEMENTFOR FREE ELECTIONS (NAMFREL)Room 601, DMG Center, Domingo M. Guevara St.,1550 Mandaluyong City, Philippines

    Telephone: +63 (2) 451-1586Telefax: +63 (2) 470-4151E-Mail secretariat@namfrel.com.phWebsite: www.namfrel.org.ph

    October 27, 2013

    PRESS RELEASE

    NAMFREL celebrates its 30th anniversary and inauguratesthe Bantay ng Bayan Awards

    In commemoration of its 30th year, the National Citizens Movement for Free Electionsheld a Thanksgiving Mass on October 26, 2013 at the National Shrine of the DivineChild at La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong City, simultaneous with similar prayer

    services held by NAMFREL chapters in major cities nationwide. Being two days beforethe barangay elections, the activity also served as a Mass/prayer services for thepeaceful holding of the polls. The Mass at La Salle Green Hills was officiated by BishopRamon B. Villena, D.D. of Bayombong, a NAMFREL pioneer, and was attended byfellow NAMFREL pioneers and volunteers past and present. A traditional NAMFRELLight-A-Candle ceremony was also held, led by current NAMFREL National ChairpersonCorazon Dela Paz-Bernardo.

    During the event, NAMFREL also gave out the inaugural Bantay ng Bayan Awards. TheAward is given to individuals or organizations that embody the values of NAMFREL,recognizing their achievements in electoral reform and good governance advocacy, andwho continue to make significant efforts in bringing the same to their own communityand/or profession, in the Philippines and/or beyond. Initially, recipients of the Bantay ngBayan Award are past and present NAMFREL volunteers instrumental in the foundingand strengthening of NAMFREL and electoral reform advocacy in the country. The eightrecipients of the 2013 Bantay ng Bayan Awards are: Jose S. Concepcion Jr.; VicenteR. Jayme (posthumous); Christian S. Monsod; Augusto C. Lagman; the ConcernedCitizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG); Ateneo de ZamboangaUniversity; Mariano S. Quesada; and Damaso G. Magbual.

    Since 1983, NAMFREL has been bringing together Filipinos of all sectors to work tohelp revive and sustain democracy in the country by safeguarding the integrity of thevote, and later on also through activities in line with good governance. NAMFREL is theacknowledged world pioneer in the conduct of a citizen-led parallel vote tabulation,known locally as the Operation Quick Count. Internationally, NAMFREL has inspired

    like-minded organizations to set up their own election monitoring activities in their owncountries, with NAMFREL volunteers and officers actively engaging internationalcounterparts to help initiate programs similar to those of NAMFREL in the Philippines.###