Photo credit: Jatin Gary (PDP)
Over 60 million Filipinos will make their choices on the May 13 Mid-Term Philippine Elections. Comelec data shows that more than 50% of the 2019 voters constitute the millennials ( born 1981 – 1996) and the Gen Z (born 1997 onwards). This is consistent with the Philippine Statistics Authority data in 2015 which shows that millennials make up about 36% of the population while Gen Z makes up 21%.
With the youth voters seemingly having the majority say for this year’s mid-term elections, will the issue of sustainability weigh in on their choices?
During the SDG Bayanihan Summit held last December 9, 2018, hundreds of youth gathered to craft an SDG Youth Agenda. Under its #VoteForTheGlobalGoals campaign, the summit called for the youth to be wise voters, measuring candidates according to their outlined priority issues aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals clusters – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships.
Based on the numbers, the Filipino youth may indeed hold the power in their hands to tip election results towards making sustainability an agenda. The key lies on their willingness to go out and make their voice be counted.
To help find your precincts, you may log on to: https://www.gov.ph/web/precinctfinder or contact COMELEC Helpdesk telephone numbers 5267769, 5271869, 5279365 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Sources: comelec.gov.ph, pia.gov.ph, esquiremag.ph
Infographics from esquiremag.ph by Pauline Macaraeg in her piece published on Feb. 28, 2019, with note: Due to limitations presented by the Comelec data, we made a few adjustments to the age groupings for the graph: Gen Z constituted those born from 1995, Millennials from 1980, and lumped the Baby Boomers and Silent into one group including those born in 1964 and older)