In 2007, the Education and Information Department of the COMELEC launched bagongbotante.com. It was labeled as a voter education website to distinguish it from the main website of the agency. After all, the two did address different information needs of the public.
bagongbotante featured informative articles and lots of downloadable materials that voter educators could use. And during the canvassing, results updates were regularly posted on the site.
Over all, it was fairly successful, and the materials were used by many CSOs. And so, there’s a lot of motivation to put up the site again. But this time, instead of using a (dot)com, we’ve gone (dot)ph. It just seemed more right, especially considering we weren’t selling anything.
Now, bagongbotante.ph is up. Well, sorta. The main URL currently redirects to the blog – which has been the easiest part of the site to set up. But we also have a discussion forum up, and work on the front page is getting started. We hope to have the full site operational before the resumption of continuing registration.
So, check it out!