UP is among 25 organizations that signed a covenant on January 18, 2019 with ABS-CBN for a campaign to hold peaceful, clean, and orderly national elections on May 13, 2019.
Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, representing the University, signed the covenant together with representatives from the Commission on Elections, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas Voting Secretariat, other major universities, non-government organizations, professional and business organizations, and media and advocacy groups that have forged a partnership with ABS-CBN for its 2019 national elections coverage.
ABS-CBN was represented by Chief Operating Officer Cory Vidanes and Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs Ma. Regina Reyes.
The organizations swore to support programs which safeguard the credibility of the elections, inform citizens on the elections, and help them guard their votes.
On December 10, 2018, UP President Danilo Concepcion approved a partnership between ABS-CBN and UP in support of the former’s flagship campaign Bayan Mo, i-Patrol Mo (BMPM), consisting of “in-depth, balanced presentation of news and other issues about the elections, particularly of the candidates and of the electorate”.
This would entail participation of UP resource persons in ABS-CBN news program platforms and BMPM-related events; and, provision of UP venues, audience, research materials, and, if available, fact-checking service. In return, the media corporation will acknowledge UP as a partner in its platforms and support UP election-related events and projects.