August 3rd, 2010

Our Platform

MAKING OUR COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE

Vision, Strategy and Program of Bagumbayan 2010

Introduction

The supreme goal and objective of our political party is to make the Philippines a better place to live in, work in, invest in, worship in, and all those other things that citizens seek in a free and democratic society. This is the dream we all share as members of Bagumbayan. This is also the hope we hear from our people as we travel and listen to them all over our archipelago.

As the first people to recover their independence after World War II in July 1946, the Philippines should have become by now a truly modern, developed and democratic nation. Instead, we are a nation in chronic crisis and decline.

In 1957 the World Bank said that “The Philippines has achieved a position in the Far East second only to Japan…[and] the prospects of the Philippine economy for sustained long-term growth are good.”
Today, 53 years later, the Philippines is a laggard in Asia, overtaken by Asian neighbors who used to look at us with envy.

Over this half-century, from one administration to another, great opportunities have come and gone. We have faltered because our government did not rise to its basic reason for being: to assure peace and security throughout the land, to provide opportunity for all, to lead in growing the economy, and to spread the benefits across all sectors of society.

Instead of peace, our country has been torn apart by rebellion, secession and disorder. Instead of our poor attaining a better life, we have only seen the rich get richer. Instead of sustainable development, we have witnessed boom and bust, growth and recession. Instead of providing for all, we have become less capable of providing for the health, education and welfare of our people as our numbers have increased to 94 million.

Strategy for Change: Effective Government

We submit that our national decline is due, not to any deficiency of talent of our people, or a damaged culture, or a lack of democracy. We have faltered because of the lack of effective government in our country.
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Five Strategic Objectives

Our strategy for change includes five key pillars:
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Establishing Peace and Security

We will establish peace and security throughout the archipelago by implementing the following measures:
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Rooting Out Graft and Corruption

We assign high priority to rooting out graft and corruption because it is a major obstacle to national progress and modernization. The spread of graft from revenue agencies to virtually all government agencies is pervasive. Local governments have likewise gotten into the action in a big way. To root our this menace, we pledge to implement the following measures:
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Reinventing Government for National Modernization

Recognizing that the role of government has become more central and vital than ever in the new global economy, and considering how weak and ineffective our government has been for many decades, we assign top priority to the transformation of the government bureaucracy into an engine for national modernization and development. The key to achieving this are the following measures:
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Managing the Economy for Growth and Global Competition

Government’s role in the economy is central and vital to national success. The economy cannot be delegated merely to the private sector. Government must lead the way. To meet this objective the following programs will be implemented:
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Developing our Human Resources
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To meet our goals in education, we will implement the following measures:
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To meet our goals in public health, we will implement the following:
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