Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Voter Thoughts

May 14th, 2018 was the Barangay and SK elections here in the Philippines.

This is my second time voting and here are some of my thoughts.

I still have no idea what they do

As embarrassing as this may sound, I absolutely have no idea what a Barangay Chairman and Kagawad really does. I know they are public officials. But, I have zero knowledge as to how exactly they should function in the community.

Manual voting is so primitive

I'm not exactly sure why we are still voting manually. It is horribly inefficient. Kudos to the teachers in my precint. They did their best to make the process smooth. However, the whole election could have been 10 times better with automation.

I do not know majority of the people I voted for

This is where it gets sadder. I did exercise my right to vote. But, the problem is I do not know exactly who to vote for. Is it my responsibility to know the candidates? or is it the candidates' responsibility to make themselves known to the public?

What motivated these kinds to run for public office?

The SK positions allowed youth leaders to have the power to lead and create laws. I quickly did a background check for some candidates. But, they do not even have a leadership background at all! I don't want to judge them and their desire to serve. It just makes me question why they wanted this kind of burden and responsibility all of a sudden. 

I could go on and on. 

It's sad that most of my thoughts are on the negative side.

But, with all sincerity I do hope the best for the future of the Philippines.

God bless our country.

Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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