The University of Santo Tomas joined ABS-CBN News and Integrated Affairs, educational institutions, government agencies, and special interest groups in a partnership to help ensure fair coverage of the May 13, 2019 elections. Office of Public Affairs Assistant to the Director for Publications Asst. Prof. Virginia A. Sembrano represented the University of Santo Tomas in a ceremonial signing held on January 18, 2019 at the ABS-CBN Executive Lounge.
Included in the partnership were video-sharing platform YouTube, social networking site Twitter, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Foreign Affairs Overseas, Voting Secretariat, Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Manila Bulletin, Vera Files, and election monitoring groups National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), YouthVote, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and Kontra Daya.
Also providing support are businessmen and professionals from the Anvil Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Finance Executives of the Philippines (FINEX), LENTE (Legal Network for Truthful Elections), Philippine Computer Society, Philippine Communication Society, and Pulse Asia Research Inc., and from non-government organizations Fully Abled Nation, The Asia Foundation, and Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team (REACT) Philippines.
Along with UST, educational institutions, namely, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and STI Colleges,
also joined the partnership.