Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila
121 Arzobispo Street, Intramuros
P.O. Box 132
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS AND
ON PPC-RV NAMFREL COOPERATION
Both PPCRV and NAMFREL are accredited citizensarm of
the COMELEC mandated to do different but related duties. NAMFREL for quick count and
PPCRV for pollwatching and voters education and assistance. Though
organizationally separate and independent of each other, both organizations share a common
mission: to have a peaceful, honest and credible elections. Because of this we commit
ourselves to cooperate and mutually support each other in whatever and in the best way we
can. The following instructions are intended to clarify and specify these areas of
cooperation. Please be guided accordingly and ensure proper compliance:
Should the need arise and our assistance is requested, our
PPCRV Polling Center Coordinator (a Polling Center is usually a school building
or compound) will be ready to assist the NAMFREL Polling Center Coordinator to collect
the sixth copy of the election return. The NAMFREL Coordinator will provide our PPCRV
volunteers with proper I.D.s to do this task. After retrieving the sixth copy our
PPCRV volunteer will immediately turn-over the document and return the I.D. to the
As mentioned in the earlier circular, PPCRV is not
authorized to do any quick count. We therefore instruct once more our PPCRV units and
parish priests to refrain from doing any quick count in whatever level to avoid
confusion and possible violation of our mandate . We will, however, accomplish the
Certificate of Votes per Precinct (not Statement of Votes per Precinct as wrongly stated
in the earlier circular) but not for any quick count purposes but to be used for
pollwatching the canvassing of votes on the city/municipality level.
If no NAMFREL coordinator is present in any given polling
center, our PPCRV volunteers cannot and should not retrieve the sixth copy. Instead our
coordinator should notify the NAMFREL Headquarters immediately.
We encourage the parish priest to call a meeting
between the NAMFREL and PPCRV coordinators so that they will get to know one another
and discuss some common concerns.
In the canvassing of votes PPCRV and NAMFREL will work
together to ensure that the canvassing is honest and fair. Those who are watching the
canvass should make their own working arrangement in the city/municipal level.
We will try to make available to our parish priests and PPCRV
coordinators a list or directory of NAMFREL Coordinators for better communication and
Please note two corrections from the earlier circular: a) the
document to be used by PPCRV is called the Certificate of Votes not Statement of Votes, b)
The Coordinator of CAL-MA-NA is not Ms. Annie Nicholas but Fr. Martin Guarin tel.
281-8393. Our apology.
Msgr. Bayani G.
Over-all PPCRV Priest Coordinator
May 02, 1998