Things to Know: 2016 Philippine Elections at the Consulate in Dubai

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Are you a registered OFW 2016 voter? Read on:
  • OFW voters have one month to cast their votes from April 9 at 8am to May 9 at 1pm (UAE time), including weekends at the Consulate
  • Registered voters must bring their passports or copy of their passports and valid Emirates ID.
  • They can go to http://dubaipcg.dfa.gov.ph to check if they are on the list of qualified voters.
  • Registered OFW voters can choose a president, vice president, 12 senators and a party-list representative
  • A training on conducting the elections will be held in the Consulate in March.
  • Dubai has 122,185 certified Filipino voters
  • Dubai tops the list among 85 Philippine Diplomatic posts worldwide
  • OFWs are urged to vote to send a strong message to policy-makers back home
  • The Consulate is awaiting approval from COMELEC to receive voters in another location apart from the Consulate in Al Ghusais.


This was reported by Khaleej Times. The newspaper spoke with the Philippine Consulate officials and further reported:
"Hopefully we get a good percentage to cast their votes so that our politicians and leaders will pay more attention to Filipinos abroad," Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes said at a media briefing on Tuesday.
"We'd like our governance style to be more dynamic, participative and more inclusive. How do you do that? Only when people say something as to what they want their leaders to be.
"If they do not vote, that means they don't have any opinion as to what they want for themselves and for their country," he added.
Filipinos abroad contribute around 8.5 per cent to the annual Philippine gross domestic product (GDP).
Money they sent back home in the first 11 months of 2015 alone stood at $22.83 billion. Of this amount, $1.581 billion emanated from Filipinos in the UAE, which is the third biggest source of remittance after the US and Saudi Arabia.
·       Report Source: Khaleej Times

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