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COMELEC and SM Supermalls have Launched Let’s Vote PINAS!

Let’s Vote PINAS, a Vote Counting Machine (VCM) Demo and Experience offered to the public by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and SM Supermalls, was launched today, April 18, 2022 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

In attendance were COMELEC Chairman Hon. Saidamen B. Pangarungan, COMELEC Commissioners Hon. Socorro B. Inting, Hon. Marlon S. Casquejo, Hon. Aimee P. Ferolino, Hon. Rey E. Bulay, Hon. George Erwin M. Garcia, and Hon. Aimee Torrefranca-Neri, SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan, and SM Supermalls Sr. Vice President for Operations Bien C. Mateo.

The Let’s Vote PINAS initiative is part of COMELEC’s Voter Education program, with the goal of increasing public confidence in the usage of the VCM, and providing a hands-on, educational experience in preparation for the Philippine National Elections on May 9, 2022. This initiative is not exclusive to registered voters, as the COMELEC intends to encourage Filipinos of all ages to educate themselves on the voting process.

Which SM Supermalls will participate?

Let’s Vote PINAS will be supported by all 78 SM Supermalls by providing a venue, physical setup, and strong WiFi connection to mimic the election day on May 9. COMELEC will offer 800 mock ballots per mall every day, for a total of 500,000 mock ballots to be used across 78 SM Supermalls nationwide. The local COMELEC offices will oversee running the demonstrations within the SM Malls – the COMELEC’s sole partner in the Let’s Vote PINAS initiative.

List of Participating SM Malls

National Capital Region (NCR) – Twenty Five (25) Malls

  1. SM Megamall
  2. SM North Edsa
  3. SM Mall of Asia
  4. SM Aura
  5. SM Southmall
  6. SM Valenzuela
  7. SM Sangandaan
  8. SM Fairview
  9. SM Novaliches
  10. SM San Jose Del Monte
  11. Cherry Foodarama Congressional
  12. SM Sta. Mesa
  13. SM Manila
  14. SM San Lazaro
  15. SM East Ortigas
  16. SM Marikina
  17. SM Center Las Piñas
  18. SM Bicutan
  19. SM Muntinlupa
  20. SM Sucat
  21. SM Hypermarket Lopez
  22. SM BF Parañaque
  23. SM Center Pasig
  24. SM Grand Central
  25. SM Makati

Central Luzon – Thirteen (13) Malls

  1. SM Cabanatuan
  2. SM Tarlac
  3. SM Olongapo
  4. SM Olongapo – Central
  5. SM Pampanga
  6. SM Clark
  7. SM San Fernando
  8. SM Telabastagn
  9. SM Marilao
  10. SM Pulilan
  11. SM Megacenter Cabanatuan
  12. SM Cauayan
  13. SM Baliwag

North Luzon – Five (5) Malls

  1. SM Baguio
  2. SM Rosales
  3. SM Urdaneta
  4. SM Dagupan
  5. SM Tuguegarao

South Luzon – Twenty One (21) Malls

  1. SM Molino
  2. SM Dasmariñas
  3. SM Bacoor
  4. SM Marketmall Dasmariñas
  5. SM Center Imus
  6. SM Rosario
  7. SM Trece Martires
  8. SM Sta. Rosa
  9. SM San Pablo
  10. SM Calamba
  11. SM Batangas
  12. SM Lipa
  13. SM Lemery
  14. SM Taytay
  15. SM Angono
  16. SM Masinag
  17. SM San Mateo
  18. SM Puerto Princesa
  19. SM Naga
  20. SM Legaspi
  21. SM Daet

Central Visayas – Four (4) Malls

  1. SM Cebu
  2. SM Consolacion
  3. SM Hypermarket Lapu-lapu
  4. SM Seaside Cebu

Western Visayas – Two (2) Malls

  1. SM Ilo-Ilo
  2. SM Bacolod

Eastern Visayas – Two (2) Malls

  1. SM Tacloban
  2. SM Ormoc

Mindanao – Six (6) Malls

  1. SM Cagayan De Oro
  2. SM CDO Downtown
  3. SM General Santos
  4. SM Davao
  5. SM Lanang Premier
  6. SM Butuan

When will it occur?

The SM Supermalls within the NCR/Pampanga/Bulacan/CALABARZON areas will hold their demos from April 20-24, while the remainder of Luzon/Bicol/VisMin SM Malls will hold theirs from April 22-24, 2022.

**It should be noted that no documentation will be required for all participants.

It is critical that Filipinos improve their understanding of the procedures for the national elections; and, thanks to this joint effort between COMELEC and SM Supermalls, we can refresh our understanding of the processes, which will most certainly lead to a efficient, safe, and honest election day on May 9, 2022.

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