Fortunately, the seminar-workshop was met with a favorable response from the participants who were composed of the representatives from the Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and the Local Government, PPCRV, Local Government Unit of General Santos City and the Commission on Elections. The said government entities and non-government organization plays a very vital role in the conduct of the electoral process so that the Filipino electorates up to the grassroots level can exercice their rights to suffrage.
The seminar aimed of further knowing and internalizing the different government agencies' role, especially those offices who were deputized by the COMELEC in delivering their mandated power. The activity also enabled the participants to come up with a clear-cut goal for the upcoming 2010 elections through the effective facilitation of an expert consultant from a non-government organization.
The 2-day activity is the first of its kind in the region wherein the previous 3 major elections- May 14, 2007 National & Local Elections, October 29, 2007 Synchronized Barangay & Sangguniang Kabataan Elections and August 14, 2008 ARMM Automated Elections- were evaluated. The agencies concerned were able to identify their respective strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They were also able to name the hinderng and facilitating factors in delivering their respective duties to their constituents. All these were made possible by the conduct of different workshops where the Technology of Participation (TOP) was clearly utilized.
Some snapshots in the seminar: