COMELEC Guide: What is the Register Anywhere Program?

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) introduces a groundbreaking initiative to revamp the voter registration process in the Philippines with its Register Anywhere Program (RAP). This innovative program is set to transform the way Filipinos register to vote by offering various convenient registry sites nationwide, including malls, universities, government offices, and select private establishments. The essence of the program is to ensure that every eligible Filipino voter has the chance to exercise their voting rights, overcoming traditional barriers such as geographic limitations and the inconvenience of visiting local Comelec offices. This initiative is a significant leap towards increasing voter registration and participation, leveraging the Comelec Modernization Act to make the process more accessible and efficient for everyone.

This targets a wide array of beneficiaries including new registrants, transferring voters, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) looking to vote locally, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWDs), ensuring the process is inclusive and accessible to all. Participants are required to present a valid government-issued ID and proof of address. The program promises several benefits, notably increased convenience, accessibility, voter turnout, and a strengthened democracy. With the program officially kicking off on February 12, 2024, and closing on August 31, it’s important for eligible Filipinos to take advantage of this opportunity to register early and contribute to shaping the future of the nation. It represents a major step towards fostering a more engaged electorate and reinforcing the democratic fabric of the Philippines.

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What is the Register Anywhere Program?

Imagine a world where registering to vote is as easy as doing your weekend shopping. That’s the reality this program brings to the table. It’s a pioneering initiative by Comelec that allows Filipinos to register to vote at various convenient locations nationwide, not just at their local Comelec office. This includes malls, universities, government offices, and selected private establishments. The goal? To ensure every eligible Filipino has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, no matter where they are.

Significance of the Program

The Register Anywhere Program by COMELEC addresses a unique hurdle in Philippine democracy: low voter participation. Data from the 2019 elections showed only 81% of registered voters actually cast their ballots. The program tackles this by leveraging the Comelec Modernization Act (Republic Act No. 11388), which mandates accessible registration. By supporting this process at various sites, it eliminates geographical barriers and caters to Filipinos who might struggle to reach their designated Comelec office. This, along with the convenience it offers, has the potential to significantly increase voter numbers, as seen in pilot tests conducted before the nationwide rollout. A more engaged electorate fosters a stronger democracy, making it a significant step towards a more representative Philippine government.

Benefits of the Register Anywhere Program

  • Convenience: Say goodbye to long queues and welcome a hassle-free registration experience at a place and time that suits you.
  • Accessibility: Whether you’re a busy professional or a student, RAP brings the process closer to you.
  • Increased Voter Turnout: With easier access, more Filipinos are likely to cast their vote.
  • Strengthened Democracy: Higher participation rates lead to a government that truly represents its people.

Who is Eligible?

  • New Registrants: If you’re voting for the first time, this program is your gateway.
  • Transferring Voters: Change your details with ease if you’ve moved to a new area.
  • Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs): Transition your registration from overseas to local with minimal fuss.
  • Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs): It makes the process more accessible for everyone.

Required Documents

  • Valid ID: Bring any government-issued ID with your photo and signature.
  • Proof of Address: Utility bills or a barangay certification can prove your residency.

How to Benefit from the Program

  1. Check for RAP Locations: Keep an eye on Comelec’s announcements for RAP sites and schedules.
  2. Prepare Your Documents: Gather your valid ID and proof of address.
  3. Visit a RAP Site: Choose a convenient time and location to register.
  4. Complete the Registration: Fill out the necessary forms and submit your documents.
  5. Verification: Await confirmation of your details.

Additional Information

The initiative began on February 12, 2024, with registration closing on August 31. It’s important to register early to avoid the rush and ensure you’re all set for the upcoming elections.

Recent Updates

Satellite Registration, SRAP, and Voter Education Seminar Held at NU Manila

Satellite Registration, Special Register Anywhere Program (SRAP), and Voter Education Seminar were held on the 12th Floor of the National University Annex Building in Manila. The event aims to provide convenient satellite services, promote the SRAP initiative, and educate participants on their rights and responsibilities. This underscores the important contribution and participation of private institutions in helping shape the future of the country by informing the youth and engaging them to participate in national matters such as the midterm elections this 2025

 
IN PHOTOS: COMELEC, MERALCO, HRep, SSS, and DFA Collaborate for Register Anywhere Program (RAP)

COMELEC Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia and Commissioner Ernesto Ferdinand P. Maceda, Jr. oversee the ongoing registration at RAP sites, with representatives from the partnering agencies present. The program enables eligible Filipinos to register conveniently at any RAP site, eliminating the need to return to their hometowns. Stay updated on RAP locations near you by following the COMELEC Facebook Page.

 
Voter Education and Registration Fair (VERF) Promotes Civic Engagement at CBSUA

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) recently organized a 2-day Special Satellite and Register Anywhere Program (SSRAP) at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur. The event included a voter education lecture and was attended by key officials from various election offices in the province.

 
Exclusive Interview with Albay Governor Atty. Edcel “Grex” Lagman: Strong Support for COMELEC’s SSRAP

In a recent interview, Albay Governor Atty. Edcel “Grex” Lagman expressed his unwavering support for the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) Special Satellite and Register Anywhere Program (SSRAP). The program, which was launched yesterday at the Bicol University College of Engineering Gymnasium, aims to make the registration process more accessible and convenient for the public. Governor Lagman emphasized the importance of ensuring that every eligible citizen has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

 
How to Register as a Voter in the Philippines for the 2025 Midterm Elections

To register for the 2025 National and Local Elections in the Philippines, you must be at least 18 years old on the day of the election, a resident of the Philippines for at least 1 year, and a resident of your intended voting location for at least 6 months. If you meet these requirements, you can file an APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION (New Voter) at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in your area, Register Anywhere Program sites, or Satellite/Mall Registration Sites. Make sure to bring the CEF-1 Application Form and a valid ID. The registration period is from February 12, 2024, to September 30, 2024, from Monday to Saturday (excluding March 28, 29, and 30, 2024), from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Video: Comelec supervise ‘Register Anywhere Program’ in Pasig City

Comelec Chairperson George Erwin Mojica Garcia and Commissioner Ernesto Ferdinand Maceda Jr. oversee the ‘Register Anywhere’ program, which includes the application for the PhilSys National ID card. The program, held at the Meralco Compound in Pasig City, aims to enhance accessibility to voter registration for the upcoming election.

 

Conclusion

The Register Anywhere Program is a monumental step toward making registration more inclusive and accessible for Filipinos across the nation. By embracing this initiative, you’re not just registering to vote; you’re taking an active role in shaping the future of the Philippines. Spread the word, get involved, and let’s strengthen our democracy together.

 

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