The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will launch the “Register Anywhere Project” (RAP) in five malls across the National Capital Region (NCR) on December 17.

Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco explained that the registration will happen every Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 17, 2022 until Jan. 29, 2023.

However, registration will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023.

The five selected malls in Metro Manila have yet to be finalized, Laudiangco shared. 

For the registration, any qualified applicant residing in the Philippines can register at the RAP booths in designated NCR malls during the pilot period, he added. 

Interested applicants should submit their application form, documentary requirements, and have their biometrics taken on-site.

The submitted documents and captured biometrics data shall be endorsed and transmitted by the recipient RAP teams to the Office of Election Officer of the district, city, municipality having jurisdiction over the residence of the applicant for the requisite verification, publication, posting, and Election Registration Board (ERB) Hearing.

“To emphasize, a public demonstration will be conducted before the actual roll out, with the date/s therefore to be announced later on. At the moment, every step of the processes are currently being studied and improved, most particularly on the information technology infrastructure part,” Laudiangco said via a statement.

“As we know, aside from the operational processes, the RAP is largely dependent on current IT infrastructure and resources. We are looking likewise on improving the on-site set-up vis-a-vis the select mall sites and spaces allocated for the purpose, including crowd queuing and people-traffic management,” he added.

Ronald Espartinez