An Exercise in Modeling Philippine Elections and Governance

Was slightly stuck in traffic as cars cautiously plodded  through the water drenched freeway. I went with the flow, got to my exit, and waited for my turn to get on the lane.

Slow down

Traffic light

Funny how FV can get into my awareness while waiting for the traffic light to go green. As I looked at the traffic lights box, it somehow reminded me of a flowchart – the three red lights being part of a cyclical sequence – green for go, yellow for slow down, and red for stop. Each blink of the light conditions us to perform a distinct set of actions – processes. Which made me wonder – what would the election and governance  in the Philippines look like if it was modeled.

The diagram below is a flowchart that models the sequence of processes that make up elections and governance in the Philippines. Each rectangle is a pre-defined process or a module or a “black box” that can be examined on its own.

I will no longer elaborate on each of the processes as these are self-explanatory. It will be an understatement to say that each of these processes have been analyzed in minutiae from Aparri to Jolo.

Conceptual Framework


Each predefined process’ output is an input to the next process. An error in a prior process will lead to errors in the succeeding processes – Garbage In Garbage Out.

A review of the various events that transpire during elections and governance in the Philippines and placing said events onto the framework shows where the disruptions and introduction of errors occur.



There are opportunities for removing “chokepoints”.


The million dollar question of the moment is will we as a nation seize the opportunities to improve our elections and governance this coming 210 election and governance cycle.

Your guesses are as good as mine.

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