Creative Agency Lets Employees Take the Day Off to Register to Vote

MullenLowe Philippines encourages companies to follow suit.

( The Commission on Elections' voter registration for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May 2020 opened almost two months ago, on August 1 to be exact. But being the procrastinators that we are, most of us probably waited until the last week to fill out the downloadable application form and line up in the nearest city or municipality halls and partner schools and malls. And now we're down to the last few days before registration officially closes on September 30, Monday. Luckily for employees at creative agency MullenLowe Philippines, they can take a whole day off from work to go out and register in their district. And they're hoping that other companies would do the same.

"At MullenLowe, we believe that registering to vote is one of the most concrete powers we have to help build a better future. That's why we came up with #NationalSickLeave—a sponsored sick leave day that Mullenials can use to register to vote," said Leigh Reyes, president and chief creative officer of MullenLowe Philippines, in an e-mail to all their employees. After all, we take a sick leave if we’re too sick—in this case, sick of what’s happening to our country.

If you're a Filipino citizen and will be 15 on or before May 11, 2020, you can go and register to vote. COMELEC has satellite venues for different cities. COMELEC / Facebook

In a separate statement, Reyes added: "It would be great if other companies could give their employees one sponsored sick leave for this purpose, too, especially those in industries where their employees are required to always be on call. The government has already done their part by opening the registration six days a week—holidays included. It’s up to us now to encourage our people to take action and seize this opportunity for change."

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Voter registration, which runs until September 30, is scheduled all days of the week except Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For updates, follow COMELEC on Facebook.

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