In May 2010, around 46 million Filipinos, including us here abroad thru the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV), will exercise our most sacred right of suffrage. Will we make it in choosing and installing the right person/s to lead our country this time around?

Historical records of the electoral process document Dirty and Unorderly Elections (DUE). In fact, the open issue of the 2004 election, the scandal of "Hello Garci" tapes, is still fresh in our minds.

As concerned Filipinos in Austria, it behooves us to do our part in promoting understanding and involvement towards an Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Election (HOPE). 


Some 21 convenors, headed by Ptr Oscar Bathan, Fr Mars Sahulga and Bro Manny Sarmiento as Co-Chairs have come together and agreed, after several meetings and deliberations, to conduct this awareness campaign towards HOPE.

HOPE aims to:

1. Throw light into the context, character and dynamics of the Philippine electoral process
2. Communicate to the Pinoys in Austria the importance of the 2010 elections
3. Encourage the broadest possible participation of Pinoys (individual or community organizations thru their leaders) in the entire election process
4. Provide relevant and appropriate information that will enable potential voters to participate in the elections

HOPE will be launched on Thursday, 12 November 2009, 6-8pm at the "Breitenfeld Pfarre", Florianigasse 70, 1080 Wien (U6 Josefstädterstrasse)

We would like to have you come, join and participate!

Let‘s hope for the best in 2010!