Smart Communications, Inc. of PANGILINAN Group, the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., is the official network provider for the Election Commission (Comelec) proceedings, the company announced on Wednesday.
“By partnering with Impact Hub Manila, the organization behind Vote Pilipinas, Comelec’s official voter education campaign partner, Smart is an official partner and official network provider of ‘PiliPinas Debates 2022: The Turning Period,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.
Comelec has scheduled two presidential debates in March and April. The vice-presidential candidates took the podium in March.
Smart said Comelec also plans to hold separate debates in town hall format in April.
“The debate series aims to help voters scrutinize the candidates as the country moves closer to the May 9 election,” he noted.
Jane J. Basas, senior vice president and head of consumer wireless business at Smart, said the company is in a “unique position to help Comelec help voters choose our country’s next leaders and ignite their passion for living and voting smartly. ”
Meanwhile, low-cost airline Philippines AirAsia, Inc. said it has also signed a partnership agreement with Vote Pilipinas “to further promote voter education and responsible voting in the country.”
As part of the partnership, the airline will serve as Vote Pilipinas’ communications partner for broadcasting the voter education webinar series and presidential and vice-presidential debates to more than 12 million followers on its Facebook page. airasia Super App.
Ricardo P. Isla, chief executive of Philippines AirAsia, said the airline “will always be apolitical, but we want to be involved in proactively encouraging Filipinos to exercise their right to vote.”
“It is through this partnership with Vote Pilipinas that we responsibly play our role in nation-building, especially in shaping the next six years of our country, which is crucial in emerging from the pandemic,” he added.
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