As the new Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV), I welcome you to the official website of OAV.
The Commission on Elections recognizes the importance of each and every vote of every Filipino in the Philippines and anywhere around the globe. This is highlighted in the passage of Republic Act No. 9189 or "An Act Providing For A System Of Overseas Absentee Voting By Qualified Citizens Of The Philippines Abroad, Appropriating Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes" on February 13, 2003. Since then, the Commission did not cease to find ways to provide opportunities for the Filipinos who are abroad to be able to cast their votes and have their voices heard in a very important democratic process.
However, obstacles and roadblocks can never be eliminated in any endeavor especially such as this advocacy wherein we are trying to connect to every Filipino in different places around the world. But then, the Commission is determined to hurdle every stumbling block to reach out to our millions of kababayan who have decided to leave the country to seek their fate in another land. It is our objective therefore to inculcate in them the significant role that they play in molding our country's future- that is in choosing the leaders of our nation.
With the help of the various stakeholders, we keep a positive view that absentee voting will continue to flourish as we hope to reach the one million target of registered absentee voters for the 2013 mid-term elections. Furthermore, we continue to espouse the modernization of the absentee voting procedure for a faster and more accessible mode of voting of overseas Filipinos.
We, in the Comelec, are hopeful that we will continue to receive the support and enthusiasm of our fellow Filipinos abroad. In return, we pledge to pour greater efforts to make this marriage between the Comelec and our fellow Filipinos abroad strong and robust.
Thank you and more power to all of us!
LUCENITO N. TAGLE