Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
|Motto||Boto Ko, Dangal Ko, Ipagtatanggol Ko (I'll defend my vote, my honor)|
|Founder||H.E. Jaime Cardinal Sin, Haydee Yorac, Henrietta T. de Villa, Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Msgr. Bayani Valenzuela|
|Focus||Elections, plebiscites and referendums|
|Services||Democracy reform in the Philippines|
|Fields||Poll watching, advocacy, electoral reforms|
|Key people||Henrietta T. de Villa (Chairperson)|
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is a non-profit organization which serves as a watchdog in Philippine elections. Despite being affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, it considers itself independent, non-partisan and non-sectarian in nature.
The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, held in February 1991, called for reforms in the conduct of Philippine elections. In May 1991, H.E. Jaime Cardinal Sin, Commission on Elections (Philippines) Comelec Commissioner Haydee Yorac, then-Laity President Henrietta T. de Villa, Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Msgr. Bayani Valenzuela and 30 Parish Lay Leaders conceived Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in Villa San Miguel in Mandaluyong City.
In October 1991, PPCRV was launched in St. Paul University, Quezon City, with about one thousand laypeople from the parishes of the Archdiocese of Manila. The next month, with the support of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the PPCRV expanded its operations nationwide.
The first test of PPCRV's poll watching activities came in 1992 presidential elections. In its first electoral exercise, 346,688 PPCRV volunteers participated in poll watching, voters’ assistance, assisting the Board of Election Inspectors, protecting election returns, monitoring electoral exercise and watching the canvassing of votes.
PPCRV's primary function is to ensure the conduct of clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful elections, as stipulated in their CHAMP backronym. However, they also have additional functions, including:
- The advocacy of electoral reforms
- Conducting parallel manual auditing in automated elections
- The coordination of parishes for poll watching
- Fielding volunteers
- Providing legal assistance related to elections
- Reporting of electoral violations
- Provision of voters' assistance services
- Voters' education
PPCRV has been accused of being a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) lapdog since the conduct of the 2010 general elections, an allegation that the chairperson of PPCRV, Henrietta T. de Villa, disputes. The organization has been an official watchdog of the Commission of Elections since 2010.
In 2010, it had objected to the National Movement for Free Elections' (NAMFREL) application as a citizen's arm of COMELEC, stating that a dual system would interfere with election watch. However, NAMFREL had never objected PPCRV's applications as a citizen arm in previous elections. The feud seems to be over as both parties were accredited by Comelec for 2013 midterm elections and agreed on their functions.
There was an allegation of PPCRV receiving foreign funding in its operations, something that the organization denied.
During the transmission of votes in the night after the polls closed on 2013 midterm elections, PPCRV server released inaccurate data which was attributed to the formatting-error in the server. The counting of transmitted results was suspended for an hour to fix the error in the server provided by Smartmatic.
- Our History. Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. Retrieved 21 May 2013
- PPCRV's Henrietta T. de Villa responds to allegations the org is acting as COMELEC lapdog. ABS-CBN News Channel. Retrieved 21 May 2013
- 'Silent war' between PPCRV and NAMFREL worsens. ABS-CBN News Channel. Retrieved 21 May 2013
- PPCRV now in 'kissing mode' with Namfrel. ABS-CBN News Channel. Retrieved 21 May 2013
- PPCRV gets foreign funding, violates election law?. Rappler. Retrieved 21 May 2013
- 'Formatting error’ mars PPCRV count. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 21 May 2013