MANILA – A Presidential Awardee was the very first Filipino registered overseas absentee voter to cast a vote in South Korea.
Sister Lucia Olalia of Gasan district became the first voter to cast her vote when voting kicked off on April 13 for the May 2013 elections.
Fondly called Sister Luz by members of the Filipino community, Olalia was a 2010 Presidential Awardee of the Banaag Award for serving Filipino migrant workers in South Korea since 2001.
The award is conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their contributions in advancing the cause of or contributed significantly to overseas Filipino communities or sectors.
Most of the voters during the first day were household service workers (HSW) who came to the Embassy for two reasons: to attend the two-day Financial Literacy Program of the Philippine Embassy and to cast their ballots in the sole precinct in South Korea for the senatorial and party-List positions.
Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz commended their group for organizing themselves for these activities and hoped that other sectors and Filipino community organizations in South Korea would do the same.