Renewing the Filipino Spirit: The Sulong Pilipinas Platform

Background

As Leaders and Members of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and as Filipinos seeking to propose, initiate and implement progress and positive change in the Philippines, in order to secure for our country and for our posterity a better future, to improve the well-being of each and every citizen, and to renew the hopes, aspirations and the true goodness and spirit of the Filipino, we  propose the following commitments, principles and actions that our Party, its members, and its standard bearers are committed to promote, to fight for, and to advance:

Basic Principles

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD, all its members and party standard bearers, under the guidance of the Supreme Being, stand on the following core beliefs and principles:

  • Centrist Humanist Agenda

“MAN is made in the image and likeness of God” is the core principle of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party and the Centrist Democrat International, from the very start. Politics and government policies should serve the greater good of the greatest number of people in the society. We recognize the family as the basic unit of our society; therefore, all our efforts should be directed towards upholding and protecting to further strengthen the dignity and integrity of the individuals comprising it.

  • Service as the Essence of Leadership

Service is the essence of political representation. Leadership must therefore be deployed only to ensure that services are secured to improve the well-being of the Filipino citizenry.  The progress of nation must be for the greatest benefit of the greatest number of Filipinos. The achievement of better socio-economic and political conditions comes mainly from working hard, from the determination of leaders to imbibe the right values and beliefs. We pledge a return to core moral principles like stewardship, service to others, personal responsibility, shared sacrifice and a fair chance for all – values that emanate from the integrity and optimism of our heroes, founders and preceding generations of Filipinos.

  • Character and Integrity

A good leader must be of strong character and integrity. More than anything else, he or she must embrace the true essence of public service as a calling. He should also have a clear grasp of the ideals and obligations of the Office one is elected to – which goes beyond the personal self. One must always be guided by what is best for his country or constituents even if this entails great personal sacrifices on his part. In the end, his strength of character and integrity would give him the will to resist temptation. This strength of character and integrity does not come with the office – these traits are nurtured through years of public service.

  • Transparency and Accountability as Means to Building Public Trust

We commit to continue the good legacies of our forbearers in achieving sustainable economic and social development for our country, and thus, regain OUR high stature in the international community as virtually found on the values of respect and utmost confidence. We must emphasize that the value of “Utang ng Loob” is only about returning goodness with goodness. But when the requested return of kindness is morally wrong, nothing is worth the reputation of any leader that he or she, together with his family and forebears, have painstakingly nurtured over time.

  • People Empowerment as the Basic Requirement in the Advancement of Democracy

We advocate the principles of a democratic system for which our institutions are built as cornerstones to safeguard the basic rights of our people. We believe in the power of ballot through the capacity of our people to make informed and responsive decisions.

  • Social Market Economy as Key Strategy Towards Sustainable Development

We believe in private property, competition, free price formation, and freedom of movement of work, capital, goods and services as the key features of a Social Market Economy which aims to improve the social balancing of economic outcomes by way of inclusive and sustainable development policies.

Vision and Goals for the Nation

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD envisions a thriving and dynamic Philippine society that is able to lift its people from deprivation, support the freedoms and responsibilities of a democratic social order, provide the opportunities for advancement in the social ladder, and offer the joys of living in secure, pleasant communities – where poverty is minimized if not totally eradicated, conflicts are resolved peacefully, the national culture and heritage is continually enriched and the government is an effective enabler of the human capacities and basic services.

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD shall therefore exert utmost efforts to provide for a social, economic and political order that promotes greater access to education, human capital and social services, greater investment in enterprises and the creation of good paying jobs, the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and the empowerment of local communities to afford themselves the necessities of rising standards of living and improvement of the well-being of each and every Filipino.

Strategies for Change

In order to advance the positive changes that we seek to institute, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD shall foster and promote:

  1. 1. Economic Sustainability and Enhancing Competitiveness

Economic growth is anchored on Wealth Creation, and is the primary objective of our economic platform.

-         There must be more income opportunities for the countryside if we are to raise economic growth on a more inclusive and equitable basis. This means that we must improve the government’s support for higher agricultural productivity and for creating more off-farm employment. Under a Lakas-Kampi-CMD administration, we shall pour more resources to programs and projects that will increase farm yields, enhance the shelf life of farm produce, improve marketing capabilities and provide the needed livelihood funding support to our farmers and fisherfolks. We must utilize the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Funds (ACEF) to create maximum benefits to our small struggling farmers in the countryside.

-         The country’s public sector debt can only be reduced with better fiscal management. We must collect more taxes – not by imposing new ones, but with dramatic improvements in the administration of taxes. Over the long term, the reduction of tax rates, including the Value Added Tax and income tax, will help spur more demand in the domestic economy. However, this must come with a better collection record from the business sectors and may be adopted on a sector by sector basis as the government is able to reduce its fiscal deficit.

-         Given the current problems of the economy, the most important priority is to make it grow by encouraging more investments in agriculture, in manufacturing. The resulting increase in production and incomes will definitely help improve our tax effort.

  1. 2. Inclusiveness and Social Justice

Health, Education, Housing and the Protection of our Worker shall be on top the party’s social development agenda:

Education – The talents and minds of our countrymen is our greatest resource. Government should do its utmost to pro-actively provide for quality universal primary and secondary education that is accessible to all. Tertiary education must also be supported by way of providing for a massive student loan program to enable all qualified students to fulfill their dreams of gaining more knowledge to improve their life-chances.

Students shall also be given the option to receive technical-vocational education in order to allow them to enter productive employment and contribute at an earlier stage to their families’ earnings and to national production. What needs to be changed is the bias of Filipino parents and Filipino public against technical education. We have to prove that there is value in technical education, technically educated people can lead, and they can be engines of change in the community so as for the younger people to aspire to have technical education.

Health – A universal participative health care system shall serve health and well-being of the Filipinos to afford quality health care for all. This shall be a cooperative undertaking between and among the national government, local government units, public and private institutions and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Housing – Shelter is one of the most basic needs of people. The prosperity of any society will be measured by its capacity to provide each and every family a roof over their heads. Mass housing should be a mandatory item in the BOI IPP list to ensure automatic access of socialized and low-cost mass housing to fiscal incentives.

OFWs – The protection of our migrant workers actually begins with protecting them at the point of recruitment. We must install more safeguards so that recruiters can provide more assurances of safety for our OFW’s. There should be a more active network of support systems to monitor the conditions of each and every Filipino worker abroad. Government must help establish a system of mutual assistance in every country where Filipino communities are present, to help them cope with emergency problems such as illness, legal issues and repatriation support.

  1. 3. Higher Standards of Governance

-         The Lakas-Kampi-CMD shall institutionalize the concept of performance audits for each and every agency of the government, including the local government units. The government should adopt the best practices, such as performance score cards and oversight reporting and monitoring in order to exact accountability from national government officials as well as local government executives.

-         Transparency and accountability would be stronger with the help of a non-state force – the free media and public opinion. We shall to seek to institute community governance groups and multi-sectoral watchdogs over each agency, district, province and city to as partners in performance-based monitoring and oversight to directly provide information on how well or how badly government projects are implemented.

-         To deal with corruption we must have no tolerance for it and give less temptation to people by providing adequate compensation for public sector employees. Government processes should be more transparent and should have strict timelines that are client-oriented.

-         At the same time, there must effort to improve the standard of living of government officials, to make rules more reasonable and transparent and to reduce the incentives to corruption by removing the institutional impediments to the discovery of the fruits of corruption, such as bank secrecy and tax confidentiality. We support the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act, and to computerize land registration.

  1. 4. Decentralization and Autonomy

-         We believe that there is no strong state in the world where basic services are done by the national government. Our goal for the local government units is really to build their capacity to take the lead role in the delivery of public services. The local government units must take the lead in keeping peace in their communities, disaster relief and relief operations, and in shepherding the provision basic health and education services, in community infrastructure as well as in revenue generation.

-         The national administration should utilize policy and program funds as a means to create national-local partnerships in the implementation of government programs, by augmenting the limited funds of the LGUs.  Good performing local government units, in accordance with the performance governance scorecards, should be rewarded. However, our poorer municipalities that have been newly formed have to function. They should be given preferential attention in terms building up their capacities. Reward is in one setting. Capacity building is in another.

-         But  the  most  crucial  thing  is  alignment  between  national and local government incentives and directions  – an alignment which must consider the fact the we are multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-conditional.

  1. 5. Genuine Peace and Development

-         The Lakas-Kampi-CMD believes that peace and security is a pre-condition to the onset of sustainable development in the country. By expanding the country’s economic infrastructure, and enhancing peace and security through the 3D strategy of development, dialogue, and deterrence, major investors will be encouraged to invest in industries that will pave the way for sustainable job creation.

-         The multi-faceted problems in Mindanao, such as land disputes, religious conflict, specter of terrorism, should be addressed separately in partnership with the local government units. There really should be an honest to goodness disarmament effort for all non-governmental armed groups.

  1. 6. Constitutional Amendments

-         We recognize that the 1987 Constitution is a reactive constitution, partly with the purpose to remove all vestiges of a dictatorial regime – a transient goal that it has already performed.  Nonetheless, it has much room for enhancements to reduce its ambiguities that have hampered the creation of synergies among our government institutions and to remove its restrictive provisions, which have adversely affected the pace of the country’s economic development.

-         The Lakas-Kampi-CMD espouses the call for a constitutional convention where various proposals advocacies and issues shall be discussed openly, by delegates freely chosen by the people. This convention shall, among others:

  • tackle the need to evolve whole concept of local autonomy with the end in view of increasing the capacity of the LGUs to serve the people, granting the flexibility for Congress to decide on increasing to regional and local autonomy, such as the creation of a separate Palawan region on its own.
  • review the present structure of government with the end in view of moving towards a presidential unicameral system, where members of the cabinet can be taken from the assembly or the congress.
  • amend the overly restrictive economic provisions not merely for foreign investment but also for domestic investment. The proposal to allow foreigners to own land in the country must be tempered by limitations as to the size of the lands they can own for residential as well as industrial purposes and only during the course of their doing business here. Certain types of land ownership should be acceptable such as commercial, industrial, tourist and residential lands above certain values. Agricultural lands and low cost housing should not be adversely affected.

-         We all recognize that the 1987 Constitution is not perfect. Charter change should not be assailed before it even begins. That being said, it is also the responsibility of our political leaders to ensure that our people will not cast any doubt about possible personal gains on the part of those conducting the process. If we must go through it, we should: (1) proceed early in the term of the new administration, (2) use the least controversial mode of a constitutional convention, and (3) make sure that each amendment shall be itemized in the ensuing referendum process.

Priority Policy and Legislative Agenda

Our policy agenda covers the above thrusts and strategies for change, and the will to continue to the good programs of the current administration in the areas of social and economic reform, to enhance the country’s competitiveness as an investment location and as tourist destination, to reduce inefficiencies in the operations of the government, to foster stewardship of the environment and our natural wealth, and to remove the practices and processes in every government agency that are unfavorable to the citizenry at large. The following shall comprise our initial policy and legislative agenda, to wit:

  1. A. SOCIAL POLICY AGENDA

Universal Participative Health Care

To provide 100% health care for the Philippine population, especially for the poorest among our poor, we should establish a universal participative health care system that shall be cooperatively undertaken between and among local and national government, public and private institutions and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). The program may adopt the principles of micro-insurance, which some companies and non-governmental organizations are already offering on a limited scale. This should provide the widest health insurance coverage to all our people at the least cost.

Improving Public Health Services

In order to remedy the continuing deterioration of our health delivery systems, we shall rationalize our regional hospital system and make private ventures into health care attractive to investors. In the early 1990s, public hospitals were hastily devolved to local governments. However, local governments were not ready to operate public hospitals and had neither the financial means nor the trained personnel to deliver health services. The hospitals were reverted to the national government but large portions of their budgets were devolved to local governments. The Health Department had little means to improve medical services.

Basic Education Sector Reform

We will invest heavily in the knowledge and education of our young, to make them capable and responsible players in an evolving economy as productive workers or as entrepreneurs. We shall work to close the classroom deficit, reduce the teacher to pupil ration in public schools and support the continuous improvements of all schools, enhance teacher quality, and raise learning outcomes by aligning our curriculum design with those of the rest of the world. We will support the development of educational kits that may be digitally delivered to all public schools to build a uniform base of quality learning for our children. These shall involve adopting competency-based standards for hiring and deployment of teachers, further developing the basic education curriculum linked to desired learning outcomes, a multi-year budget format for basic education, school based management wherein every school would come up with their specific school improvement plans with the active involvement of local stakeholders, among others.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD initiated the implementation of the 4P’s program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in order to ensure that no poor child’s education gets left behind because of extreme poverty. The only way pupils and their families can get out of poverty is by making them productive agents and contributors to the national economy.

Student Loan Program

We will pursue the establishment of a student loan mechanism to help poor but deserving individuals enter into college and finish their education. This program will provide our high school graduates the opportunity to study in college with the least worries of repaying its financial obligations right away. This provides them the vehicle to study with convenience, and without the burden of discontinuing studies in the middle of tertiary education because of lack of finances. This will allow our young people to repay their loans once they already have a job, through their SSS contributions. Students who are interested in this program must apply for an SSS number, as an assurance from our government’s part that they will be repaying their loans. Complementary to this, scholarships shall be given to important yet unpopular courses that the country needs in development, such as international relations, public policy and planning and highly specialized science courses.

Technical and Vocational Trainings

The Lakas Kampi CMD shall vigorously pursue the expansion of technical and vocational education in order to address the requirements of local industries as well as the demand of employers overseas for improved technical skills. This will enhance industrial productivity within the domestic economy and boost the competitiveness of Filipino workers abroad. The current Jobs-directed Scholarship Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) aims to extend financial assistance thru scholarship grants to poor but deserving students to pursue TVET and equip them with skills for wage employment, self-employment and/or entrepreneurship. It will allow eligible TVET providers to participate in the grant system for courses responsive to the needs of the communities in terms of job generation and employment facilitation.

Protection of Migrant Workers

We shall pursue a balanced approach towards overseas employment by seeking to provide adequate job opportunities in the country while at the same time aiming to protect those who able to acquire overseas jobs. The protection of our migrant workers actually begins with protecting them at the point of recruitment. We shall seek to develop and tap into the entrepreneurial potential of the people within the country to provide more income opportunities to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). We must install more safeguards so that recruiters can provide more assurances of safety for our OFW’s. There should be a more active network of support systems to monitor the conditions of each and every Filipino worker abroad. Government must help establish a system of mutual assistance in every country where Filipino communities are present, to help them cope with emergency problems such as illness, legal issues and repatriation support.

  1. B. HASTENING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Creating Agri-Entrepreneurs

Our agriculture has remained largely stagnant because of sheer neglect. Most of our farmers have been using 19th century technology with little success in improving their yields and harvests.  We will refocus agriculture and agrarian reform support systems towards improving farm productivity, more trainings on better farm technology, improving access to credit, more post harvest facilities and support for farm marketing that to ensure that the gains of farming will be most concentrated on the farmers. The only way to liberate the rural poor is from misery to create a new generation of farmer-entrepreneurs armed with the new knowledge that our own scientists and technicians have developed over the last few decades, who can raise the productive potential of every unit of land.

Tapping OFW Remittances for Direct Investments

Our financial and capital markets must likewise adopt more innovative responses to address the low savings rate in our country. Our overseas workers send back to us around $18 billion dollars yearly – but we have yet to harness these as job-creating investments. If we must double the level of investments within the economy, we must aim to convert even just ten percent of this immense wealth into our direct productive investments.

Support for Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

Our government must also look into ways of providing financial and technical support for Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), in terms of loan grants and the upgrading of equipment and machinery. All in all, research must be directed towards finding ways for the government to minimize bureaucratic obstacles and ownership restrictions, provide adequate utility supplies, and allow for quick and easy access to international markets geared towards enticing local and foreign investors to engage in manufacturing and production in the country.

Competition Policy

We must establish a comprehensive competition policy that diffuses the control of a few players over much of the economic assets in the country. We shall encourage private investments particularly in capital-intensive industries. This policy should properly define monopolies and oligopolies and anti-competitive behavior, clarify penalties and sanctions and establish a regulatory body that can efficiently implement the competition policy. Considering the intricacies innate in developing a competition policy, government must start the process.

Infrastructure Development

The lack of infrastructure has been a major constraint in attracting more investments. Years of underinvestment and poor maintenance has resulted in inadequate in transport facilities such as airports, ports and shipping, railways. The Lakas Kampi CMD shall seek to enhance the country’s system of infrastructures by requiring the integration and convergence of various transport networks to develop intermodal systems that can support efficient transport of people and goods across regions and across the major island groups. We intend to encourage LGUs to plan together for their regional development for which they should be able to access Official Development Assistance funds. It is important that infrastructure in the Philippines has to keep pace with our goal of hastening the growth of the economy.

Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure

Given its very narrow fiscal space, the national government is only able to finance an infrastructure spending of 2-3% of GDP, compared to the 7% that the World Bank suggests for developing nations. The Lakas Kampi CMD shall promote public-private partnerships in infrastructure build up, especially in critical growth areas and in helping to capacitate lagging regions and provinces. We will encourage Build-Operate-Transfer projects to be implemented at the local level, provided that these are not redundant and they will complement inter-regional integration.

Inter-Island Logistical System

We shall continue expanding the Strong Republic Nautical Highway system initiated during a Lakas Kampi CMD administration. This has been a most solid response to the uneven development of the island economies, where much of the rural poverty happens because they are cut off from the mainstream of commerce. Unless we rapidly develop our inter-island logistical system, we will remain an economy with wide regional disparities, which create second-generation problems such as massive internal migration leading to the expansion of the urban poor, insurgency and separatism, continued economic marginalization of cultural communities. There is also a need to further liberalize our shipping, ports, air transportation and cargo service, and telecommunication services.

One Town, One Project

Complementing the opportunities opened by the nautical highway system is the One Town, One Product program initiated by the Department of Trade. This program has the potential of quickly creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in small communities. We will expand financing programs for micro, small and medium industries and link these enterprises with the rapidly modernizing retail sector. This will ensure a pattern of development that creates jobs, brings the marginal communities to the mainstream and upgrade the entrepreneurial skills of the population.

Improving Revenue Administration

We will continue to reform our taxation in order to achieve a broader tax base that will enable us to lower tax rates to match global benchmarks. We push for reforms in our tax administration and establish more efficient systems and procedures and benchmarking of tax collection. We shall vigorously implement the attrition system on revenue generating agencies, which provides for the transfer or severance from government service for failure to meet collection targets, provision of performance standards and review mechanisms and provision of incentives to our performing collection agency.

Rationalization of fiscal incentives

We shall reform the current system of fiscal incentives in the country which is complicated, fragmented, inefficient, and costly in administrative and revenue terms. The vulnerability of the tax incentive system to syndicated crimes of graft and corruption has resulted to substantial revenue losses and distortions in resource allocation. Aside from the additional revenues that it will generate, rationalizing the current fiscal incentives structure is ultimately concerned with implementing an incentive system that is easy to manage, administer, and monitor, which will encourage a healthy business environment in our country.

Housing

The prosperity of any society will be measured by its capacity to provide each and every family a roof over their heads. Mass housing shall be made a mandatory item in the BOI IPP list to ensure automatic access of socialized and low-cost mass housing to fiscal incentives. Shelter is one of the most basic needs of people. We will also encourage the growth of rental and lease-to-own housing projects by providing them adequate credit flows and incentives.

Resettlement of Urban Poor

The issue with most of our urban poor is the lack of opportunities for housing security. They reside on lands owned by other people or by the state. We shall institute a program of urban renewal that will provide for medium rise housing, to be funded with ODA funds. This will allow for the recovery of 75% of the occupied areas for commercial and other productive use, without driving current occupants away to far flung localities. The on-going NHA projects show that medium rise housing units are very affordable (P2500 per month) payable over 25-30 years. The recovered lands can be utilized for productive economic projects that could eventually employ the medium rise housing beneficiaries.

Mining and Quarrying

As a matter of national policy, we should be able to cautiously utilize these resources to hasten the development of the economy and the reduction of poverty in the country. However, mining projects must respect the will of the local communities and provinces where they are situated. Sustainable development is a major balancing act which must involve local communities in the decision making processes, especially in the extraction of our natural resources. The issues over local revenue shares, and the disposal and processing of pollutants and tailings, which could affect the social acceptability of such projects, must be addressed. Mining is a major contributor to the growth of our economy because the Philippines is rich in mineral resources such as natural gas, gold, nickel, copper, chromites as well as non-metallic elements. The industry employs over a hundred thousand workers and has the potential to absorb much more. But we have yet to make a dent on the total potential of our mineral resources which runs in the trillions of dollars.

  1. C. IMPROVING GOVERNANCE

Anti-Red Tape

We will institute measures to simplify all government systems and procedures from the national government departments down to the local government units. Information materials on the procedural guidelines and timelines shall be explicitly posted in every office where transactions are made. All heads of agencies as well as LGUs shall be held accountable for the implementation of this policy.

Reengineering the Bureaucracy

We will ask Congress to enact a 3-year program to reengineer the bureaucracy that at the same time provides for incentives and safeguards for the welfare of our good civil servants. The mandates of each and every government agency shall be reviewed. All government agencies and/or units within agencies must be able to justify their existence in terms of the benefits and outcomes of their services to their respective clients. Employees in non-essential offices and units shall be subjected to an early retirement program but with attractive benefits, and training and assistance for alternative livelihood options, including possible service outsourcing contracts with the agencies where they used to work.

National-Local Coordination on Agency Programs

We shall re-design the way national agencies work so that their services do not stop at the regional levels – which have little perceptible impact to our local communities. We will encourage national-local partnerships for the implementation of national programs and policies. We will encourage national government will agencies to design their service delivery programs to complement LGU efforts on similar services and to augment the meager resources of the LGUs.

Monitoring and Oversight

Special response teams parallel to every government department shall be established to receive monitoring reports, complaints and discreet reports on any acts of graft and corruption. We shall also encourage vigilance among our people in monitoring the way government agencies are implementing the various government programs.

Use of Information Technologies

We will vigorously pursue e-governance to quickly enhance efficiency in the public sector, increase transparency, widen citizen access to services and ensure accountability. The promise of new technologies is immense. We must bring these technologies to bear on our systems of governance — from upgrading the capacities of our local governments to making our national government more responsive to all constituencies.

Disaster Response

We support the enactment of a National Disaster Law that would provide greater flexibility to local government units in disaster risk management, allowing the use of more than the current limits (5% of IRA), not just for disaster response but also for disaster preparedness. This will enable Local Government Units to purchase more logistics in terms of rubber boats, trucks and all other live-support and life-saving mechanisms, even before calamities arrive. More training should be conducted, especially at the local level in terms of coordination, communications, and actual rescue and relief operations. We must also designate specific open elevated areas as disaster evacuation points other than school buildings. We will ask our local government units as well as civic organizations to establish joint action plans for securing their communities and providing needed materials and supplies. At the national level, we shall channel resources to improve the forecasting capabilities of our weather and geological agencies and also to establish more detailed geo-hazard mapping to enhance our disaster preparedness.

Priority Development Assistance Funds

The Priority Development Assistance Funds of legislators is actually a form of equalization in the geographic distribution of government resources. The issue arising from these funds is really in the way the projects are chosen and implemented. However, there is a need for greater transparency in this regard. We shall impose the condition that projects and programs to be funded under the PDAF should be the result of public consultations and town hall meetings conducted with the LGUs and civil society.

  1. D. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Climate Change and Global Warming / Reforestation

The Philippines can best contribute to anti-climate change efforts by way of a massive reforestation program, which can help absorb significant amounts of greenhouse gasses. The first order of business is to demarcate the forest lines of the country with visible boundaries on the ground and use assisted natural regeneration (ANR) methods to re-vegetate our forests. A Lakas Kampi CMD administration shall set aside at the least P 5 billion every year for forest dwelling communities that will provide regular income support for families in forestry cooperatives. We shall leverage these projects against the carbon funds to be able to provide better community services to the beneficiaries. We shall also encourage urban informal settlers to be trained and be part of reforestation program because this could give them a better alternative to improving their families’ futures as compared to remaining in blighted urban conditions.

Biofuels

We support the development of alternative sources of energy, especially because the Philippine economy is highly dependent on fuel imports. The creation of a strong biofuels industry would not only provide dollar savings from imported fuels, but also thousands of new jobs not only in the cities but more importantly in the country-sides. Brazil has done this with their highly successful bio-ethanol program. We have plenty of corn and sugar lands that can provide the needed inputs for biofuels. We shall also develop jathropa as an alternative source of fuel that can provide jobs for our upland communities.

Solid Waste Management

At the policy level, the Solid Waste Act has the clear mandate for solid waste management, which includes handling and final disposal of hazardous wastes. We must encourage as far as possible the recycling of waste materials. LGUs must ensure that at their level, the support system in terms of collection, recycling and disposal are made available. Waste management is principally local government concern but it really begins in every home. We shall support more trainings and information drives on waste management to inculcate the philosophy that every citizen has an obligation to help, especially in waste segregation and composting.  We shall also spearhead Environmental Compliance Audits with the support of local communities, civil society, professionals as well as college students.

  1. E. PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT

Peace and Order

Peace and order is a pre-requisite to any attempt at economic and socio-cultural development in any society. We need to instill a culture of peace among our people. The Lakas Kampi CMD is set pursue peace and order founded on the primacy of the Philippine constitution, which the Philippine government must uphold at all times. There must always be government presence in the various conflict areas not only to our protect villages but as a deterrent to any potential aggression on the part of insurgents and separatists.

Illegal Fishing

We all recognize that our fisher-folk are among the poorest and most neglected sectors in the countryside. With little government support, they use very simple boats that allow them to fish not far from the shores. Often, they employ unsound and unsustainable practices such as blasting and poisoning – which have destroyed much of the country’s coastal resources, and which in turn further reduced their daily catch. We shall provide them better options by way of a new program for cooperative fishing, providing them village refrigeration, and assisting them to build their own marketing networks.

Illegal Drugs

Government must enlist the cooperation of every community in the fight against illegal drugs. Drug trafficking has become a very serious problem in the Philippines. Reports show that the street value of illegal drugs has reached tens of billions of pesos. This means that there is now a proliferation of this problem in many parts of the country. We must review the strategies of law enforcement agencies with respect to this malaise, especially in the areas of intelligence, deterrence and full prosecution of drug offenders. The current programs of law enforcement agencies may no longer be adequate or their strategies already compromised.

For all of these goals and action commitments, we seek the support of the Filipino electorate.
 

The Digested Platform of Sec. Gibo Teodoro
 
 VISION FOR THE COUNTRY: Sec. Gibo Teodoro
 
“I firmly believe that a new forward looking political order must evolve through, and I must stress this, legitimate and Constitutional means, after a transparent and fair process – which new order must underscore synergy rather than division ; which must respect different cultures and reflect the disparate needs of our different peoples; which must create workable public institutions both local and national, instill and enforce accountability; must institutionalize individual liberties and the role of the private sector – balancing these out with provisions for regulation through disclosure and transparency retaining however the power to protect citizens against abuses, especially those committed in the marketplace; it must professionalize the government workforce, allowing a realistic approach to compensation and realize that quality of life applies to public servants too; finally it must not only preserve but must reinforce our Bill of Rights”
 

SECTOR

PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION

Institutions and Government Service

The first issue we have to address is structural change. We have to have an honest to goodness political, social and economic reform. We have to re-examine the basis of our structures in the constitution. The first thing I will do is call for a constitutional convention where can discuss these issues openly and freely.

·         Strengthen our Government structures through increased political autonomy and capacity building in regions.

o   Usually, a municipality accounts for 90% of total revenues and cities get around 30-50%, based on land mass and population. This has resulted local government over dependence on the National Government for funding.

o   Provide a capacity building mechanism at the regional level. This means that Congress would grant more autonomy to regions based on specified criteria, by giving them for example, the power to charter their own companies and get fees from that, the power to establish some type of regulated business practices based on their own norms.

o   This is a response to the problem of National Government’s current state of perpetually financing basic services in local government.

o   A period of capacitating and wheeling away period will thus serve as the time framework, to give ample time for regions to make the needed adjustments and susceptible actions.

·         Changes in the economic provisions, particularly on foreign ownership must be put in place, because an open economy is a function of increased revenue and employment opportunities

o   Liberalization through direct foreign ownership in the industrial, commercial, residential (with a cap to protect low-cost housing) and certain tourist destinations brings together dependent functions of employment, tourism and most importantly, additional revenue

o   We must keep agricultural land, marine resources, timber land, mineral land and forest land solely for Filipinos, and control should be for Filipinos, not for ours but for future generations, as responsible stewards of these resources and not owners.

Health

                                                                     

A Universal participative health care system should be established, a cooperation between local and national government, public and private institutions, and the PhilHealth.

 

·         Principle of choice where rich can opt not to avail of PhilHealth coverage so that the funds pool will be wider to cover the poor.

·         The principle of micro-insurance, which has been starting and some companies are already offering, can work as a beginning to this initiative.

o   Provide the widest coverage to all our people at least cost

o   Allow our pre-need industry to rebuild without being overly ambitious.

 

Explore the potential of Medical Tourism as an official industry in the country.

·         Our doctors and nurses have to be adequately compensated for the services they provide which is needed so they won’t need to seek greener pastures in other countries and cause brain drain phenomenon

 

Strengthen the Barangay health programs by providing improved training for health workers and upgrade their resources for a more efficient community health care.

·         Look into the possibility of giving them more cash and other material benefits. They deserve such reward for their exemplary service to the public

·         Allocate sufficient resources to provinces to enable them to construct more hospitals and medical facilities to treat the poor

·         Funds for modern health facilities can be obtained with the assistance of the pork-barrel funds of local congressional representatives.

 

Education

 

Implement the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda

·         The Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA) is a package of policy reforms within 5 key reform thrusts geared towards attaining Education for All objectives by the year 2015.

o   Adopting competency-based standards for hiring and deployment of teachers,

o   Further developing the basic education curriculum linked to desired learning outcomes

o   A multi-year budget format for basic education

o   School based management wherein every school would come up with their specific school improvement plans with the active involvement of local stakeholders among others.

 

Establish a Student Loan mechanism in the country to help poor but deserving individuals finish their college education.

·         Student Loan Application Program provides our high school graduates the opportunity to study in college with the least worries of repaying its financial obligations right away.

 

Expansion of the 4P’s (Conditional Cash Transfers) program of the DSWD, because the only way students and their families can get out of poverty is through knowledge and knowledge is fortified and developed only in education.

·         Conditional Cash Transfers is an economic strategy which aims to provide social assistance to families that cannot sustain the education of their children, and an investment in human capital to ensure that the future workers of our nation will be fully equipped education wise to answer the challenge of the business world.

·         The program is designed  where poor families receive cash provided their children regularly goes to public school, visits the health center for regular medical checkups and treatments.

·         The 4Ps program may be “pantawid gutom” but the principle behind it is a person can only think better and do better when he has basic necessities such as food and education.

 

It is also necessary to give importance to technical and vocational education in order to improve industrial productivity. There is value in technical education, technically educated people can lead, and they can be engines of change in the community so as for the younger people to aspire to have technical education.

 

·        Continue and Expand the TESDA’s Implementation of Jobs Directed Scholarship Program

Sec. Teodoro has always emphasized the need to revitalize technical education because technical jobs have a high demand, both internally and externally, and that is why he is for the further expansion of this TESDA program, most especially to regions and areas which need capacity building

Economy

 

A Solid infrastructure program must be put together which will build seamless interconnections between land, sea and air.

·         We must focus and build up our domestic capability in terms of infrastructure and institutions. We should be thinking of putting up more physical infrastructures of more roads, more bridges to link islands, more flyovers and underpasses that will be sufficient to accommodate the growing population of the next 50 years

·         If you stop a logical continuation of a needed construction project given inflation and given higher costs, a project delayed today will not get any cheaper in the future but more expensive. This is the biggest block or barrier to the competitiveness in the Philippines. Experts have told us that one major block is the lack of a long-term infrastructure program

·         Teodoro’s government would court the private sector in his first 100 days in office for joint ventures in upgrading public infrastructure.

·         Although they will entail huge amount of budget, Teodoro said that vital infrastructures like long bridges and underwater tunnels are the country’s answer to the accident prone roll on, roll off (RO-RO) ferry system using old, dilapidated ships.

 

 

We must continue and improve on the current administration's fiscal management policies, keeping the current rate of consumption taxes.

·         Simplify the tax system and lower rates to expand the tax base.

o   We can lower rates but it has to be well studied and well phased in because there will be revenue shortfall once you introduce it. And you'll only reap the benefits if there is additional velocity in terms of business transactions to cover that shortfall

·         Resort to more borrowings to fund our budget deficit.

o   Debt is better than taxation, if there is an adequate prospect of repayment. It's really treasury management.

·         Encourage more investments in agriculture, in manufacturing. The resulting increase in production and incomes will definitely help improve our tax effort.

 

 

We must assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through financial and technical support.

 

·         Research must be directed towards finding ways for the government to:

o   Minimize bureaucratic obstacles and ownership restrictions,

o   Provide adequate utility supplies,

o   Allow for quick and easy access to international markets geared towards enticing local and foreign investors to engage in manufacturing and production in the country.

 

International trade is an inexorable feature of today’s inter-connected world. We should leverage the relationship with World Trade Organization (WTO) and in regional blocs like the ASEAN, APEC, and AFTA, as we should our relationship with other countries.

·         Identifying mutually advantageous and mutually beneficial points of cooperation, after a transparent and arms-length realization of each country’s conditions

 

There must be rural development and more income opportunities for the countryside if we are to raise economic growth on a more inclusive and equitable basis

·         Tourism is one sector that we can build on because of its productive strength in our economy this day.

o   Devise a tourism strategy for each locality, based on its ethnic cultural strengths- eco-tourism with a cultural backbone. This makes each area of the Philippines distinct from each other, based on culture, not for us, but for those who want to pay a visit.

 

Employment opportunities will come to the people. The country is a great source of new ideas and manpower. We can harness these by providing equal opportunity for everyone and initiating programs that will generate productive employment, at the same time boost the country’s economy.

 

·         Different sectors will create job expositions, livelihood programs, cooperatives, and assistance desks to alleviate unemployment and underemployment.

·         Fresh graduates will have the choice to pursue their careers. Of course, apt compensation and benefits will be given to employees of every public and private company

·         Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will continue to protect the welfare of our overseas Filipino workers. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have organized labor-management councils. Labor education programs are also to be established to properly instruct and inform the workforce.

 

Graft and Corruption

 

A balanced, stick and carrot approach must be implemented in solving corruption where you have to improve the standard of living of government officials, because they too are deserving of sustainable living, while enforcing more transparency and accountability measures through a systemic attack of the problem

·         Stick Approach

o   We must rework the Bank Secrecy Law, enact the Freedom of Information Act, and computerize land registration

·         Carrot Approach

o   Provide incentives for people who have stayed honest in government service, by institutionalizing performance scorecards to determine reasonable scales.

o   We have to make the rules reasonable

Peace and Order

 

·         Two conditions must be set with regards to peace and order, and that is:

o   The primacy of the Philippine Constitution and the Philippine government must be upheld at all times.

o   There must always be government presence in conflict areas not only to protect but as a deterrent.

·         This is achieved through a combination of various things like presence of the following:

o   Sufficient Police and military personnel in the area for an effective length of time,

§  The Philippines is an archipelago with several islands and inhabitants. Our population is 88 million; we have 120,000 soldiers. The immediate goal of disarmament has problems because of our meager investments in defense

o   Infrastructure development,

o   Capacity building of LGUs,

o   Livelihood opportunities;

o   Education and such other empowerment measures.

 

Environment and Climate Change

 

A common plan for a “sustainable anti-climate change infrastructure” must be installed to prepare the country’s regions amid forecast of harsher storms due to global warming

 

·         Planning for anti-climate change infrastructure must be conducive to the needs of the communities where they will be installed

 

 

We must promote policies that will enable our institutions to be prepared by implementing strategies aimed to protecting the environment to minimize the social costs of climate change, from both a human and infrastructural standpoint.

·         Implement the provisions of E.O 774 on Climate Change

·         Enact a national land use policy.

·         Formulate and adopt an appropriate incentive system.

·         Ensure strict implementation of environmental laws.

 

We must pursue further implementation of a comprehensive judicial reform program that emphasizes the development of systems, institutions, and resources—particularly steps undertaken by the Supreme Court—to address delays in the resolution of environment cases, lack of information, stringent requirements in litigation, lack of environmental (“green”) courts, and other barriers to environmental justice

·         The SC, in January 2008, designated 117 green courts the tasked to try and decide violations of environmental laws which include, but are not limited to, the Revised Forestry Code (PD 705), Marine Pollution (PD 979), Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste Act (RA 6969), People’s Small-Scale Mining Act (RA 7076), National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (RA 7586), Philippine Mining Act (RA 7942), Indigenous People’s Rights Act (RA 8371), Philippine Fisheries Code (RA 8550); Clean Air Act (RA 8749), Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003), National Caves & Cave Resources Management Act (RA 9072), Wildlife Conservation & Protection Act (RA 9147), Chainsaw Act (RA 9175), and Clean Water Act (RA 9275).

 

Housing

 

 

Affordable housing must be provided in concurrence with a livelihood infrastructure program, so that people can avail of government supported housing.

 

·         It is, therefore, the duty of the government to subsidize access to housing for the lowest 30%. Thus, mass housing should be a mandatory item in the BOI IPP list to ensure automatic access of socialized and low-cost mass housing to fiscal incentives.

·         The government will enable civic volunteerism mobilized by NGO’s.  The Community Mortgage Program, National Housing Authority, and PAG-IBIG funds have already shown that home-ownership can still be affordable.

·         We must also encourage the growth of rental and lease-to-own housing projects by providing them adequate credit flows and incentives.

Agriculture and Food Security

 

We must Boost food production to match the country’s population growth and elevate the farmers from a “state of permanent peasantry."

 

·         The country’s poor agricultural system has spawned the long-running insurgency and poses a threat to food security as population grows by more than two million a year.

·         Pursue programs to make entrepreneurs of our farmers. He will further lead programs to teach them modern technology to improve their food production capability

o   Refocus support systems in improving farm productivity, such as trainings on better farm technology, improving access to credit, more post harvest facilities and support for farm marketing that to ensure that the gains of farming will be most concentrated on the farmers.

·         Farmers will be given the opportunity to grow rich from their endeavours—and that we help farmers, through programs, to increase agricultural productivity so that we will no longer be the largest importer of rice

·         The insurgency must be stopped in conflict areas, where the return of peace and stability can turn land into productive endeavours.

·         Invest in the required amount in the Central Mindanao basin project, hundreds of thousands of very fertile land can be put to good use

Agrarian Reform

 

There should be stability in ownership of land.  Agrarian Reform is okay, but we must stop it once implemented, because it is no longer reform if it continues, but it becomes a sort of government funded peasantry program.

·         Continuous aid for those who have already been beneficiaries of land, and provide avenues for them to be more productive

·         CARPER land distribution shall be non-repayable by its beneficiaries.

 

Extra Judicial Killings

 

We must build an effective deterrence infrastructure to prevent human rights violations of this nature to happen.

·         Establish an organized micro and macro policing strategy to safeguard areas of peace

·         Invest and improve the investigative capacity of the police so that we can have much evidence and process it with adequate technology.

o   We must improve the investigative capacity of the NBI and the police.

o   Equipment and facilities to solve crimes is something we must invest on so that we can have an effective deterrence to this problem.

Foreign Relations

 

·         External Security of Territorial Borders:

o   We must bat for greater security agreements with member-countries in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), given that our weakness in this area can be compensated for by our allies.

·         Security agreements with the BIMP-EAGA nations will greatly help in bringing peace and stability to the region, because the joint border patrols could be used in curbing high-seas smuggling of narcotics and weapons, and even cross-border terrorism.

·         The BIMP-EAGA promotes trade and investments in the sub-region through facilitating access to information by the private sector, helping it identify and take advantage of business opportunities in the area.

o   The BIMP-EAGA has more than 20 million trade- and investment-related statistics and documents covering the four-member countries. Its content and design reflect feedback from wide-ranging stakeholder consultations held in each country and the contributions of 12 national government agencies and various local government units.

o   It also allows policy makers to identify and address issues affecting the investment climate.

 

 

·         Visiting Forces Agreement:

o   Our relationship with the United States is a cornerstone of our policy and we must push to further strengthen it, particularly in training and networking of our soldiers, in our continued partnership for Humanitarian assistance and the continued alliance in the Post-watch South Project

·         It is a paradox that one of the most effective deterrents against conflict between states is close interaction between their armed forces—soldiers do not make wars, politicians do. The VFA is such a mechanism.

o   We have seen it at work in the non-traditional military sense, in what we call HADR—humanitarian assistance and disaster response. In typhoon Frank last year and in Ondoy, Pepeng etc. this year US troops immediately came to our assistance. Thus the VFA should be judged from a broader perspective than just criminal jurisdiction.

o   The VFA is merely an implementing treaty of Mutual Defense Treaty which embodies both countries’ bilateral military obligations

 

·         Spratly’s Issue:

o   We need to have a legal infrastructure to pursue our claims to Spratly’s

·         Congress passed an UNCLOS compliant law declaring our territorial bounds and the treatment of Kalayaan Island group and Scarborough as regime of islands.

·         We can appeal to the UN for a joint enforcement action case because we have the law on our side.

o   That is why our Baselines Law has an archipelagic treatment rather than straight baselines even in these disputed territories because we want to conform strictly to the provisions of the UNCLOS.

·         We can live with the ‘Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea’ - where the current international claimants to overlapping portion of the South China Sea are still under contestable international legal status.

·         We favor cooperative undertaking to explore and develop the natural resources within the area.

Overseas Filipino Workers

 

There should be a more active network of support systems to monitor the conditions of each and every Filipino worker abroad have, and second is to provide adequate opportunities in the country, to prevent the influx of migrant workers, resulting in brain drain.

 

·         Government must help establish a system of mutual assistance in every country where Filipino communities are present, to help them cope with emergency problems such as illness, legal issues and repatriation support

·         The protection of our migrant workers actually begins with protecting them at the point of recruitment. We must install more safeguards so that recruiters can provide more assurances of safety for our OFW’s.

 

Reproductive Health

 

The government should be “neutral” but should support the “moral choice” of every individual with resources.


The Church, for its part, should take it upon itself to shape the “moral choice” by acknowledging the problem of a growing population

·         We’d rather have resources to support a moral choice rather than fight over a bill.

·         There is a need to come to a “mutual and common understanding” on addressing population “whereby the government respects the moral choice and provides resources toward supporting that moral choice.”

o   If they use the rhythm method, we can have some resources to support that by a conditional cash transfer if they do not a have birth within a year or so for the poorest of the poor.

·         Since the government is not the right moral guardian, and that the moral guardians themselves should be accountable. But if at some point, it is shown that the "experiment" is not succeeding, then the government should step in.

o   Government must not influence a choice, but must support a choice

·         For cases like HIV, NGO’s and government hospitals should protect the privacy of private consultancy (patient-doctor privilege).

o   But in a larger context, government must intervene

Electricity/Power

 

 

We must develop new, renewable energy sources.

·         Our country must begin exploring alternative sources of electricity such as biomass, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and ocean energy or hybrids of such.

 

 

The government should initiate a multi-sectoral agreement on commissioning new or existing power barges and increase the power generating capacity of industrial users by allowing big companies to import self generators on a tax-free basis as a stop-gap measure

·         There could be additional costs in using the power barges, not only the cost of renting or buying the barges but the additional cost of using the more expensive bunker fuel.

o   For consumers, especially for business and commercial ones, the additional cost of electricity is more bearable than having to suffer the rotating brownouts that could worsen as the country feels the full impact of the El Niño phenomenon.

·         Self-generators refer to power generation facilities for commercial or industrial consumption owned and constructed by private sector end users. Business entities usually invest funds in these facilities when competitive, reliable and quality power is not available or assured by power utility companies but are compelled to pay tariffs on such investments as mandated under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

 

We must also re-examine vertical mergers and cross ownership.

·         Cross-ownership could lead to uncompetitive practices to the detriment of the end consumers when distribution companies are allowed to buy electricity from allied generators and discriminate against rival generators.

 

The establishment of nuclear power plants can be explored, so long as people can reach a consensus that there are no risks/hazards it imposes to our citizens

 

It should pass two pre-existing conditions:

o   Its plant site is non-vulnerable

o   Nuclear waste is properly and safely disposed.

·         The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should not be re-opened because there is no use in recreating an old/worn-out structure.

·         Study of power plants like in the UAE, one of the world’s largest oil exporters—that recently inked a $25-billion contract with a Korean electric power company to set up four nuclear power plants, which are considered safer, cheaper, cleaner and more reliable alternatives to fossil fuels in generating electricity, where we could find a suitable location and conducive conditions for the establishment of these.

Aerial Spraying

We must continue to support this industry as it employs tens of thousands of workers in Mindanao and significantly contributes to our exports. However, the practice itself should be tightly regulated and monitored.

 

·         There are internationally accepted standards and practices on aerial spraying that our banana industry should now be made to adhere to, such as those of the Rainforest Alliance, which many banana plantations in Central America have long adopted.

·         Our banana industry will not suffer much in terms of additional costs from sustainable practices such as these.

Death Penalty

We are not in favor of re-imposing the Death Penalty because imposition of death penalty does not necessarily affect the incidence of heinous crimes

·         Over the long term, the prevention and reduction of criminality is a function of the availability of opportunities in the economy for our people to secure themselves a better future

·       More investments in our policing force power and in our police’s technological advancement, both in human and capital intensive technology would have a significant effect in reducing crimes in the country.

·       Good quality education and the nurturing of caring communities well supported by the government and civil society will definitely help reduce criminality and thus, remove the necessity for the death penalty.

 

El Nino/La Nina Phenomenon

We must invest in long-term planning to combat the challenges of the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon. We must immediately work for farmers' welfare in the wake of the dry spell as a result of the El Nino phenomenon.

·        The drought could be minimized with long-term water conservation and management to allow continuous use of water.

·         All villages in the country must have to dig temporary rainwater catchment, which would eventually be used during drought season.

 

The government should attend right away to the plight of farmers and families by providing them with conditional cash transfers and other forms of subsidies to help them survive the devastation wrought by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” last year and the current El Niño-induced drought

·         Our marginalized farmers, we cannot leave them just on the side lest they dig themselves deeper in the death trap or for their children to go hungry, or to stop schooling. You will just have to bring them across the next harvest season. You have to subsidize them, for the well-being of our country and for the well-being of any food security program

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

We will advocate gender awareness education and schooling at the lowest possible level of education, so when children grow up, they grow up having the right culture for gender awareness and respect

·         To train women is one part of the empowerment. In order to have genuine awareness and equality, you have to train men to respect women. Gender equality and awareness is not so much for the women, but more the men

   
 

TAGALOG VERSION
 

Ang Bagong Lakas-Kampi-CMD ay naghahangad ng isang POSITIBO at POSIBLENG pagbabago sa pamamalakad ng ating bansa. Bilang tugon sa mga panawagan ng ating mga kababayan, pagsusumikapan ng ating partidong pagandahin ang kalagayan ng bawat Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga oportunidad upang maiahon ng mga tao ang kanilang sarili mula sa kahirapan, pagtatalaga ng isang maayos na liderato na tunay na kakatawan sa pag-asam at ambisyon ng mga Pilipino at isang pamumuno na magiging inspirasyon sa muling pag-asenso ng bayaning Pilipino.

 

“ANG TAO ANG SENTRO NG LAHAT NG AMING POLISIYA, DAHIL ANG TAO AY GINAWA BASE SA HUGIS AT WANGIS NG DIYOS”

“ANG SERBISYO PUBLIKO AY HINDI NEGOSYO. ANG PAGLAHOK SA PULITIKA AY PAGSISILBI NG MAHUSAY SA ATING MGA KABABAYAN.”

“ANG MALINIS NA PAMUMUNO AY NAGBUBUNGA NG HIGIT NA PAGTIWALA AT PAGMAMAHAL NG TAONG BAYAN”

“ANG POSITIBONG PAMUMUNO, NA WALANG PAG-APAK SA DANGAL NG KATUNGGALI, AY DAPAT PASIMULAN NG PANGULO, UPANG MAGDULOT NG INSPIRASYON SA TAO”

 

Sa layuning ito ng partido Lakas-Kampi-CMD, ito ang magiging prioridad ng aming administrasyon:

 

ANG INSTITUSYON ANG SANDIGAN NG ISANG MATATAG NA REPUBLIKA

UNA, Itatatag natin ang matatatag na institusyon upang magkaroon ng pagkakataon na magtambalan ang tao at ang gobyerno para sa mas maayos na pagseserbisyo publiko sa ating mga kababayan...

PAANO? Ang pagresolba ng korupsyon ay hindi lamang dapat nakatuon sa pagpaparusa, kundi pati sa pagbibigay ng insentibo sa mga taong marangal ang paggawa sa pamahalaan. Bibigyan natin ng dangal ang sweldo ng mga kawani ng ating gobyerno, upang sila ay hindi matuksong magnakaw. Ipatutupad natin ang batas na walang kinikilingan at bibigyan natin ng kalayaan ang ibang sangay ng gobyerno na pangasiwaan ang kanilang nasasakupan, malaya sa pangingialam at pang-aabuso ng hindi sumasakop sa kanilang mandato.

MAHALAGA ANG LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN PARA MAIPADAMA SA ATING MGA KABABAYAN NA SILA’Y KAALALAY NILA SA PAG-UNLAD

PANGALAWA, Bibigyan natin ng kakayahan ang ating mga lokal na sangay ng pamahalaan para agarang tugunan ang pagbibigay ng pangunahing serbisyo sa kanilang nasasakupan.

PAANO? Palalaksin natin ang kanilang kapasidad, sa pamamagitan ng mga polisiya at programa, at sapat na suporta, upang maging sandigan ang bawat barangay ng isang maayos na pagseserbisyo publiko sa ating mga kababayan. Dito, bibigyan ng insentibo ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maayos na pinapalakad ang kanilang sakop, samantalang aalalayan naman ng administrasyon ang mga nangangapang lokalidad upang makipagsabayan sa mga lungsod na maunlad. Ang pagtutunggali sa pagalingan ang siyang kulturang huhulmahin ng ating administrasyon.

ANG EDUKASYON AT OPORTUNIDAD UPANG MAKAPAGTRABAHO ANG SUSI SA PAG-AHON NG PILIPINO SA KAHIRAPAN

PANGATLO, Palalakasin natin ang pagkakataon ng bawat isa na makapag-aral, patitibayin natin ang sistema ng edukasyon at pararamihin natin ang pagkakataon upang makapagtrabaho ang mga bagong tapos.

PAANO? Gagawin nating possible ang pag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mas magandang pautang sa mga mag-aaral upang matapos nila ang kolehiyo, malayo sa pag-aalala na hindi nila agarang mabayaran ang kanilang ipinangtustos. Bibigyan din natin ng suporta ang mga pamilya, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalawak ng 4P’s na programa ng ating pamahalaan upang matiyak na may isang magtatapos sa bawat pamilya, at sigurado niya itong makakamtan dahil sa matibay na kasulugan sa tulong ng ating pamahalaan. Susundin natin ang mga reporma sa edukasyon, upang mas makatugon ang ating sistema sa pangangailangan ng makabagong panahon. Patuloy tayong makikipagugnayan sa pribadong sektor, upang matukoy natin ang potensyal ng kalakaran sa negosyo, lalong na ang teknikal na sektor, na siyang pinasimulan ng TESDA.

BIBIGYANG HALAGA ANG ANTAS NG PAMUMUHAY NG BAWAT PILIPINO SA PABAHAY AT KALUSUGAN

PANGAPAT, Bibigyan natin ng murang pabahay ang bawat pamilya, kaakibat nito ang imprasktraktura ng kabuhayan, upang matugunan nila ang pangangailangan nila sa buhay at pangangalagaan natin ang kalusugan ng bawat isa, mayaman man o mahirap, na mayroong sapat na pagkukunan.

PAANO? Magkakaroon ng isang “Universal Participatory Healthcare system”, kung saan maaaring magkaroon ng murang gamot, mas mababang bayad sa mga hospital at malawak na pribelehiyo sa insurance.  Bukod pa sa pagbibigay ng murang pabahay sa pamilyang Pilipino, bibigyan natin ng pagkakataon ang mga pamilyang magtayo ng kanilang simpleng negosyo, hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng pera, ngunit pati na rin sa pag-alalay at pagtulong sa kanilang kaalaman para sila ay magkaroon ng oportunidad na makapagtayo ng maliit na negosyo.

ANG TUNAY NA PAG-UNLAD AY ITUTUON SA PAGBUO AT PAGPAPALAWAK NG KAYAMANAN NG ATING BAYAN

PANGLIMA, Magkakaroon ng mga bagong pagkakataon para kumita ang bawat isa na hindi naaalangan ang mayaman man o mahirap.
PAANO? Palalakasin natin ang ating agrikultura, susi sa pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng populasyon sa pagkain. Bibigyan natin ng pansin ang mga programang magbibigay ng malaking pag-angat sa produksyon ng ating magsasaka, at pagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa kanilang kumita sa labas ng pagsasaka. Gagawa din tayo ng mga paraan upang lumawak ang pinagkukunang budget, hindi sa pamamagitan ng pagtataas ng buwis, kundi sa mas epektibong pangongolekta ng buwis upang bumalik din ang tiwala ng mangangalakal sa ating bansa. Magtatayo din tayo ng mga karagdagang imprastraktura upang mas mapabilis ang produksyon sa loob at labas ng ating bansa, na siya ding basehan ng mga mangangalakal sa paglalagok ng pera at trabaho sa ating bayan.

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