10 JANUARY 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. informs the public that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued Resolution No. 10739 and 10740 dated 09 December 2021 respectively entitled Guidelines for Mass Media Accreditation for the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Domestic and International Observers/Monitors.

The deadline for filing applications for accreditation to COMELEC is on 11 March 2022. Applications filed after 11 March 2022 and/or with incomplete requirements will not be entertained. Interested parties requesting accreditation need to submit the following:


  1. A fully accomplished COMELEC Media Accreditation Form (CMAF);
  2. Two (2) recent 1.5″x 1.5″ colored photographs; and, where applicable, an endorsement from the publisher, editor-in-chief, assignment editor, station manager, or similar officer of the newspaper, television station, radio station, or online publication employing the applicant;
  3. An endorsement from the appropriate officer of the broadcast entity or film distributor which has committed to air/distribute the work; and
  4. In the case of freelancers, a valid assignment letter from the bona fide media organization for which the freelancer is on assignment.

Applications for Media parties are to be submitted online to COMELEC via this link.

Note that visiting foreign media will also need to seek endorsement from your Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over the Philippines.


  1. Duly accomplished application form for accreditation;
  2. Two (2) recent 1.5″ x 1.5″ colored photographs of the applicant;
  3. If foreigner or foreign group, organization, committee or association organization, endorsement issued by the ambassador or consul of the applicant’s home country; and
  4. Terms of Reference or similar document, explaining the purposes of the election observation mission.

Applications for Observer parties are to be submitted online to COMELEC via this link.

For more information, please check COMELEC Resolution No. 10739 and 10740. ###