As election day draws near, traditional and new media came together in an unprecedented online collaboration to help Filipino voters make informed decisions come May 13.
Google Philippines, together with a host of local broadcast networks and online portals, created a website which will serve as a one-stop hub of information and news on all aspiring candidates vying for a political seat.
The Philippine Elections page curates stories and videos from its partner media, which includes ABS-CBN, GMA, PTV, SOLARtv, Rappler, PhilStar.com, Inquirer.net and Interaksyon.com. It also includes an incident map plotting election-related news as they unfold, so voters can keep a watchful eye on events especially on areas regarded as hotspots.
For the convenience of the 53 million registered voters, including 700,000 absentee voters living abroad, the site provides a complete list of voting centers. The Precinct Finder can be filtered based on city, region, and the voter’s precinct number.
Google also made engaging with politicians easier through YouTube live stream debates spearheaded by media partners. Multimedia content is available for those who wish to know more about each candidate and/or each Party List, as well as delve more into the political system of the country.
“We want to make sure citizens have a quick access to information to help them make informed decisions on election day,” said Narciso Reyes, Google Philippines Country Manager. “This is part of our commitment to bring to the Filipinos essential information that will make their lives easier and more meaningful.”
“Through the different components we included on the page, Filipinos can discuss issues with the candidates, or exchange views with reporters or other citizens on Google+ Hangouts. There’s a lot of information on it, from political party backgrounds to list of candidates, so there’s less reason for voters not to be updated with the daily grind of the election season,” said Ryan Morales, Google Philippines Head of Marketing.
The online search giant first created an elections page in 2008. Today, Google has election pages for 16 countries, which now includes the Philippines.