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(L-R) Young Public Servants Executive Director Justin Muyot, YouthLed Chief of Party Natalie Christine V. Jorge, COMELEC Chairman Erwin Garcia, COMELEC Commissioner Socorro Inting, and COMELEC Commissioner Nelson Celis.

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Young Public Servants (YPS), in partnership with Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed), to advance voter’s education and conduct a campaign to fight disinformation.


The signing ceremony on February 8, 2024, marked an important milestone in building a more informed and engaged youth. COMELEC, YPS, and YouthLed will work together to cultivate a culture of civic responsibility and informed decision-making among young voters.

The partnership also brings the Filipino youth to the forefront of electoral engagement, emphasizing the critical role they play in upholding democracy and in nation building.


“Formalizing our longstanding partnership with COMELEC and YPS further empowers the Filipino youth in the democratic space. This recognizes the importance of youth electoral and political participation as fundamental contributors to good governance. Together, this partnership will prioritize youth voices and platforms to build a more active, cohesive and inclusive society,” said YouthLed Chief of Party Natalie Christine V. Jorge.


Key areas of cooperation revolve around promoting voter’s education and registration activities for the 2025 national and local elections, strengthening civic education, and amplifying youth participation in democracy through sharing of resources and leveraging networks and platforms.


Through intensified efforts to promote voter education, the partnership will also work on fighting disinformation by equipping young voters on how to critically assess information, better understand the electoral process, and vote based on issues and policies. “With this, we help transform voters from being passive participants to active stakeholders in their own future and the future of their community,” Ms. Jorge added.


Planned activities outlined in the MOU also include jointly implementing initiatives on youth development, civic engagement, and democratic participation to engage more youth in the electoral process.


Interregional collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders are also an integral part of the partnership. COMELEC field offices will work with youth organizations to localize election initiatives and strengthen voter education campaigns across the country. To complement these efforts, YouthLed will work with Kabilang Ka! election partners composed of youth networks and organizations nationwide.


During the last 2022 national elections and 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, YouthLed together with its partners implemented civic and voter education initiatives, reaching and engaging over 4 million youth and contributing to COMELEC’s goal of promoting voter’s education and registration in the county.


For inquiries, please contact:

YouthLed at youthledph@asiafoundation.org.

About COMELEC

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is the principal government agency that enforces and administers all laws and regulations concerning the conduct of regular and special elections. It is constitutionally independent from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to ensure the conduct of free, fair, and honest elections.

About YouthLed

Youth Leadership for Democracy (YouthLed) aims to increase civic engagement among Filipino youth, leading to their strengthened participation in democratic governance. It utilizes an issue-based approach to increase civic engagement anchored on leadership development, coalition-building, and civic education and engagement activities in contexts that are relevant to the youth, while supporting their meaningful participation in democratic governance.

About YPS

The Young Public Servants (YPS) is a group of young, dynamic individuals who believe that promoting good governance and democratic citizenship among the youth is critical in shaping a new generation of honest and dedicated Filipino leaders. By engaging and working with the youth, YPS hopes to contribute to effective nation-building and transformative socio-economic development across the entire Philippines.

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