Candidates for Bukidnon posts invited to ‘Aspirations for Good Governance’ interviews
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net) The Piniyalan Reporting Governance Community Project 2022-2025, spearheaded by volunteers from BukidnonNews.Net, has invited a total of 22 candidates of select elective positions in Bukidnon to interviews in the first half of April 2022.
Dubbed as “Aspirations for Good Governance: Interviews with Bukidnon Candidates”, BukidnonNews.Net engages the candidates for the select posts to articulate their platforms and responses to inputs from a series of focused group consultations held in March 2022.
Organizers believe that both voters and candidates should engage in a dialogue during the campaign and election processes.
BukidnonNews.Net organized “Aspirations for Good Governance: Bukidnon Focused Group Discussions” – a series of discussions and consultations with representatives of at least 25 sector-based organizations to generate pressing issues and proposed programs to address such key issues.
The responses were integrated into interview guides to be used in the interviews with candidates, which will be done virtually.
The project zeroes in on the candidates for Bukidnon Governor, Vice Governor, Second and Fourth District Representatives, Malaybalay and Valencia City Mayor and Vice Mayor. Organizers announced in February 2022 that the selection of identified elective positions is due to limitations in time, project funds, and volunteers.
The results of both FGDs and interviews will form part of election documentation, which can be used in the project’s proposed collaborative monitoring of governance in the province in the 2022 to 2025 administrative term.
BukidnonNews.Net first organized the initiative, holding both voter FGDs and KIIs with candidates in the 2013 elections. Only Key informant interviews were done in the 2016 elections, with Piniyalan Reporting Governance Project, then a partnership between BukidnonNews.Net, DXDB Radyo Bandilyo, and DXBU 104.5 FM of Bukidnon State University. In 2019, organizers managed only to conduct voters education campaign through the “BukidDialogues 2019”.
Why should candidates take part?
“Candidates have the responsibility to let the people hear of their platforms. But the first responsibility is for them to listen to the agenda of the voters,” educator Mr. Walter Balane, a BukidnonNews.Net volunteer and lead researcher, said during the launch of the project.
“This is an opportunity for candidates to show they know how to listen, take time to sit down as the project offers the candidates an opportunity to hear the issues raised from different sectors in one platform,” he added.
He said both voters and candidates needed opportunities for dialogue to counter the noise propagated during the election period.
Mr. Ryan Chris Handugan, a public administration educator from Bukidnon State University added that candidates need to present their development agenda and the interviews is a good venue to articulate it.
The project is an opportunity to meet half way. It is important to get the sides of both the candidates and the voters,” added Mr, Handugan, who was among those who volunteered for the Piniyalan 2019 voters’ education project.
Ms. Ana Ninfa Bago Caballero, a renowned local broadcaster and another faculty member from the BukSU public administration department, said the academe and other sectors have a great role in orientation and reorientation in voter’s education before, during, and after the elections.
Ms. Caballero, who volunteered for Piniyalan as one of the interviewers, added that each vote is sacred so the opportunity should not be wasted.
“We also have the moral obligation … voters need to meticulously choose the candidates,” she added.
The FGDs and KIIs were set to be done virtually in observance with minimum health protocols, organizers said. (BukidnonNews.Net)
This story was published with the support of Internews Philippines.