Farewell 2010

December 31, 2010.

The last day of the year.

As unbelievable as it may seem, such is the case. And all we can do is live it as best we could.

I would have said, “it seems only yesterday”, but it sounds as if that statement has gone through a lot already and is rather full of scratches and burns and I don’t wanna add to that.

But as is the case, it seems to me that this year, 2010, went by quickly but, definitely, not without a trace. In fact, too much have happened that the list will be too long if I did try to make one – a list which would most certainly include the massive oil spill at the Gulf, the hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand, and, on a lighter side, the election of the first bachelor president of the Republic of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.

All of these events combined to make 2010 rather colorful. And, if I may say so, worth remembering. But as I’ve said, it is the last day of the year. And tonight, at midnight, two things are gonna happen at once: the closing of one colorful year and the opening of a new one.

So, let’s all bid 2010 a joyous farewell and welcome 2011 with an optimistic outlook!

(By the way, I can only hope that when 2011 comes, all of us still have the same physical structure – to mean, no lost fingers and such.)

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When Noynoy Aquino Starts to Appear Desperate

Hey, have you seen the latest Noynoy Aquino campaign ad?

Well, I have. And I hate it. Can I say I loathe it?

I found it on YouTube:

Why do I hate it?

Maybe for a few reasons. But to name one very important reason…

I thought I’ve heard people saying that Noynoy Aquino’s only claim to fame is that his mother is the Icon of Democracy, Cory Aquino, and his father is the assassinated leader, Ninoy Aquino.

And also, I thought I’ve heard him defend himself against it and say that he will not be using the names of his parents in his campaigns.

Well, maybe I heard wrong.

Maybe, he manned-up to it by accepting that allegation and used his parents in his campaign.

Even my mother was very disappointed.

She was like,

Now he has already used his parents.

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Closing

—The closing article for the series “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections” with all the bias and questions the writer’s mind can have and find.—

How much time do we have left to get a final decision? Not much. We have just about three months left before the time to choose will come.

May 10, 2010 is so near and a very good evidence would be the posters and banners already very numerous in the streets of the Philippines.

I know the title says “Closing” and I have just made eight profiles for eight people.

I’ve got reasons.

One. I started this series, “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections“, before the ComElec decided to clear Nicanor Perlas and Vetallano Acosta of being nuisance candidates.

Two. The ComElec had a reason to tag them “nuisance” candidates. I may never know what that particular reason is but, given the fact that they decided to do so, it tells me that there is something with these two people that caused them to be tagged so.

Three. Visibility. This issue is more on Acosta. When the official campaign period started, he didn’t even start campaigning. And given his status, if he is, at any rate, serious about his candidacy, he would’ve been able to tell that he has no time to rest. And, therefore, would’ve already started campaigning. As with Perlas, yes, he went about and started campaigning so he is free of this question.

Fourth. Integrity. Still on Acosta. He can’t be found on his given address, as the news has told, and his own political party is not even certain if he is worth supporting.

I believe, I have given enough reasons.

Moving on.

Now, the talk would be on the eight remaining candidates whose profiles have been shown in the past eight posts.

How believable can these people make themselves be and win the votes of people?

What are these people willing to give or say just to win the votes of the people?

Noynoy Aquino has already stated that Hacienda Luisita will move to the favor of the farmers whether he wins this race or not.

How possible is this? Did he already secure a permission from the other shareholders of the said hacienda for him to be able to state such very strong words?

And, how ironic is it that it is his mother, the late former President Cory Aquino, who brought CARP to life and the program is an utter failure in their lands?

JC de los Reyes is currently a councilor of the city of Olongapo. If you think of it, this is quite a giant leap. From councilor to president. Does he really have all he needs to back up this move?

Erap Estrada was once elected president of the Republic of the Philippines but holds the record for being the very first president of the Philippines to be ousted from power. Seems to me like he wants to make another record for himself: the very first president of the  Republic of the Philippines to be elected twice.

Erap’s candidacy has been questioned from the time he filed his candidacy. The issues range from his qualification given the mandates of the Philippine Constitution and from his qualification as a person.

Erap’s standing in the surveys, as reported in the news, is not too bad compared to the other people behind him. He always stands third.

I, myself, am amazed of this fact and am wondering how some people, apparently, are still able to believe in him. What are the odds the Filipino will give power to a person who have been stripped of power by the Filipino?

No matter how unbelievable this might sound, in all of the eight profiles I have research about, I can see that it is Dick Gordon who has done the most. But are those gonna be enough to make people believe that he is the person who can lead this country?

Needless to say, it is also very clear that he does not have as much support as the leading candidates have.

The Transformers. Him and Bayani Fernando. Or so they claim to be. Does the name sound hopeful or sounds utterly childish?

Jamby Madrigal, as I have stated in her profile page in this blog, contradicts herself in a very bad way.

What did she really mean to say with her goal for not bringing even a running mate with her is to be able to have like-minded people governing the country?

Yes, to me, it sounds utterly stupid – just as I said in the profile page. OK, maybe it is not the same words but that is what I was implying. Unless, of course, in one way or another, she is gonna be able to make her point straight.

And as she have been caught on cam touring, she can make it sound like it is only Manny Villar who is her rival in this race.

Gibo Teodoro, in my book, is also another questionable candidate. Not he himself but the decision of the administration to bet on a previously almost invisible person to be the next president of our country.

I mean, the senatorial slate of the administration party has people who have been very much visible compared to Gibo Teodoro. How is it that they chose him?

Also, I have read that Gibo Teodoro is just some sort of decoy and the current President of the Philippines, PGMA, actually, has her eyes on Manny Villar as the next president of the Philippines. How true can such an issue be?

And how about a religious leader as the next president of this country? Any takers?

Yes, Eddie Villanueva still believes he can win this race despite the fact that he hardly got votes in the previous presidential elections. Though, it is true, that we can’t erase the fact that the results of the previous elections are very controversial.

And Manny Villar. The one person in all of the 10 candidates who insists in being the one who is the real and true person of the rags. And the one person with, obviously, the most advertisements in the airwaves these days.

The election period has not even ended, or better, has just started, and he has already been accused of planning to get back on his expenses by using the people’s money once elected.

However, he answered confidently that he is not going to do so because all his expenses wouldn’t matter because everything he is doing is for the realization of a dream – a dream to remove Juan dela Cruz from poverty.

Which is more believable?

The Philippines, unfortunately, ranks among the top most corrupt countries in the world which is not a good thing whichever angle you try to view it from.

That’s just some of the questions this mind can find.

But there are more important questions at hand….

How are we to make a wise decision at a time like this? At a time when politics have almost become one with show business.

Or, does our individual voices still matter given the existence of “vote buying” here in the Philippines? Or, once our vote has been bought, can we still find the courage to give our vote to the one we chose, instead of giving the vote to the buyer?

Crackers are everywhere as the recent website infiltrations show. Will our voices still matter given the fact that the people who have the power can just gather a team of crackers and change the results of the elections in their favor?

Or, do we really even have a voice?

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Manny Villar

Full Name: Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr.
Born: December 13, 1949
Parents: Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr. and Curita Bamba
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Senator of the Republic of the Philippines

Political Party: Nacionalista Party
Running Mate: Loren Legarda

Senators:

  • Pia Cayetano
  • Bongbong Marcos
  • Liza Maza
  • Mon-mon Mitra
  • Satur Ocampo
  • Susan Ople
  • Gwen Pimentel
  • Ariel Querubin
  • Gilbert Remulla
  • Bong Revilla
  • Miriam Defensor Santiago
  • Adel Tamano

Brief History

Manuel Bamba Villar, Jr. was born on December 13, 1949 in Tondo, an impoverished and densely populated district of Manila. His father, Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr., was from Cabatuan, Iloilo and his mother Curita Bamba came from Orani, Bataan. The family lived in a small rented apartment located in a run-down slum area.

As a child, Villar attended Holy Child Catholic School, a private Catholic school in Tondo. He also assisted his mother in selling seafood at the Divisoria Public Market in order to help earn the money to support his siblings and himself to school. He finished his high school education at the Mapúa Institute of Technology in Intramuros. He attended the University of the Philippines – Diliman and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1970. He returned to the same school to earn his master’s degree in business administration in 1973. He later characterized himself as being impatient with formal schooling, and eager to start working and go into business.

As of 2009, he is the 9th wealthiest person in the Philippines with a net worth of US$530 million according to Forbes.

Life in Politics

Villar entered politics in 1992 when he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa (and later the district of Las Piñas City). He served for three consecutive three-year terms, consistently posting landslide election victories.

Villar was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1998. As speaker, he presided over the impeachment of President Joseph Estrada over corruption allegations in November 2000. Along with a large group of lawmakers which include the Senate President, Villar defected from Estrada’s Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino coalition in order to hasten the process of impeachment. Seconds after the opening prayer, and skipping the traditional roll call, he immediately read a resolution sending the impeachment case to the Senate for trial, bypassing a full vote and ignoring attempts by Estrada allies to delay the proceedings.[8] Hours after the impeachment proceedings, congressmen allied with the president led a move to oust Villar from his post as speaker, replacing him with Estrada ally Arnulfo Fuentebella.

In 2001, barred by constitutional term limits from seeking re-election to a fourth term in the House of Representatives, Villar was succeeded by his wife, Cynthia Villar.

Villar was elected to the Senate in 2001, and later won re-election in 2007.

In July 2006, Villar was chosen Senate President. He had previously held the position of Senate President pro tempore, as well as the chairmanship of the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Public Order, and Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries. In November 2008, he resigned the position due to a lack of support in the Senate, and was succeeded by Juan Ponce Enrile.

Politics

Sipag at Tiyaga

Platform

Anti-Poverty Platform

Manny Villar does not make promises alone. Although he has made poverty alleviation a top priority, he knows this is something that everyone, including the poor themselves, must strive for and work towards. He is just keeping it real and being honest about it.

This is his powerful message to the masses who are always mired in poverty, one administration after another. Many people say that corruption causes poverty. While this is surely true, it is also more the other way around : poverty causes corruption. Root out poverty, empower the people with the means to live well and rise above their station in life, and you can eliminate the need to beg, to steal, to kill. It is certainly important to eliminate corruption, especially those that happen in high places because they affect the most people. But equally important is the need to address the heart of poverty. And the inequitable distribution of wealth and access to it lies at the heart of this matter including his entrepreneurial revolution.

My 2cents on Manny Villar

Oo na, ikaw na ang mahirap!

That is what some people who has gotten tired of Manny Villar’s political ads are shouting. And they have a good reason to do so. Mainly because, if I counted correctly, he has, at least, three different kinds of ads with variations of each.

This list includes:

  1. the singing children,
  2. Michael V., and
  3. Dolphy.

But the number of this many different ads is not the main issue. At least, that is the case for me. The main issue would be how many times these advertisements are shown on TV. I may be exaggerating but I can say that in almost every block of ads, one of his appears. The thing is, how much does it cost for an ad to be shown on TV? I can say that it will be on the line of millions. Maybe, some people wouldn’t care about that part but this much expense is a very huge issue.

But, apparently, they’re working for him given the results of the surveys as shown in the news.

And, given said surveys, we can readily tell that he has a very high winning chance at this elections.

What can we really expect from someone who keeps on telling people about who the real poor is?

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena PH, MannyVillar.com.ph

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Eddie Villanueva

Full Name: Eduardo Villanueva
Born: October 6, 1946
Parents: Joaquin T. Villanueva and Maria Cruz Villanueva
Religion: Filipino Christian (Jesus is Lord Church)

Current Position: Chairman, Bagong Pilipinas, Bagong Pilipino Movement

Political Party: Bangon Pilipinas
Running Mate: Perfecto Yasay
Senators:

  • Zafrulla Alonto
  • Kata Inocencio
  • Adz Nikabulin
  • Ramon Ocampo
  • Reynaldo Princesa
  • Alex Tinsay
  • Israel Virgines

Brief History

In 1969, Villanueva graduated with a degree in commerce, majoring in economics, from the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC), since renamed the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He was immersed in both student and labor movements in the 1970’s, joining the progressive segments of society which opposed military dictatorship. Villanueva also took up law at the University of the Philippines but was already into so much activism that he never had time to take the bar  [examination]. During Martial law, he fought local landgrabbers in Bulacan and ended up being jailed twice for his political beliefs and participation in various mass actions.

He worked as a full-time faculty member in the Economics and Finance Department of PCC until 1972. He then worked as the export manager of Maran Export Industries in 1973 and from 1976 to 1977, he was the general manager of the Agape Trading Co. He returned to PCC, now renamed, in 1978 as a part-time professor.

According to their church’s website, Villanueva claimed to have “had a life-changing encounter with the Lord in 1973 while at the forefront of a leftist movement”. At that time, he was also leading his family (and other families) in his home province of Bulacan in an uphill, protracted legal battle as he himself became a victim of a notorious land-grabbing syndicate. Five days after that “dramatic encounter with God”, Bro. Eddie was brought face to face with a miracle he could never forget: the land-grabbers were arrested and detained.

In 1978, Villanueva founded the Jesus Is Lord Church formerly named Jesus is Lord Fellowship, “which started with just 15 members from his Bible studies”. In 2007, “JIL said it has over three million members today in 36 countries. Most members abroad are overseas Filipino workers and their families.”

Brother Eddie received the Gintong Ama (Golden Father) award for Socio-Civic/Religious Sector from the Golden Mother and Father Foundation in June 1996. He was also voted Pastor of the Year in a 1998 worldwide search conducted by Dr. George Otis’ High Adventure Ministries. The Ministries broadcasts the Voice of Hope program in 72 countries.

Villanueva was ordained Minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1979 by the California-based Victory in Christ Church|Victory in Christ Church and International Ministries. He has also been conferred the office of Episcopacy by the Sectarian Body of Christ in the Philippines in April 1996.

In February 2001, Brother Eddie received the EDSA People Power Freedom Award for ZOE TV 11 for its fair coverage of the People Power II movement. He founded and owns ZOE Broadcasting Network Inc. and operates Channel 11 on Filipino television. Bro. Eddie hosts three ZOE programs, Diyos at Bayan, PJM (Philippines for Jesus Movement) Forum and Jesus The Healer.

Life in Politics

Villanueva has not really had much of a presence in politics as he is best known for being the founder of the Jesus is Lord Church. However, he had his presidential bid during the 2004 Presidential Elections. But this didn’t turn out well as he placed last in the field of 5 candidates.

A former supporter of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, he has turned into one of her most rabid critics after the election. Until now, he remains to be one of the visible figures of the opposition side, who calls for the resignation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for alleged election fraud and corruption.

Politics

This world is too poor to buy my convictions and principles.

Platform

We are Filipinos who believe in God and in the Philippines, that it is capable of transforming itself into a productive, prosperous and respectable nation.

We stand for good governance, and good governance can be achieved only when like-minded Filipinos bind themselves together and provide a moral force to bring this about.

We support a Filipino economy that is built on a highly-educated, creative and productive citizenry; one that is driven by sustainable growth for at least 100 years and beyond with optimum investment in infrastructure as well as in modern technology for agriculture, industry and services; one that aims to strengthen and depend on domestic demand while completely taking advantage of what the rest of the world can offer; and one where families can enjoy to the fullest the fruits of their labor right in their own land.

We aspire for a Filipino society that promotes justice for all regardless of their status in life; one where all Filipinos can live in peace and harmony; and one where our integrity and sovereignty as a nation are meaningful because Filipinos are aware and proud of their cultural heritage and they are supported by strong air, land and sea defenses.

My 2cents on Bro. Eddie

I would’ve said that the results of the 2004 Presidential Elections can say a lot but we all know that it is marred by various controversies including the Hello Garci scandal. However, if any part of it is believable, we can very well say that even his entire church can’t support him.

The most questionable part, for me, about is candidacy is his candidacy itself. Why would a founder and leader of a very strong church, with over 6 million members, choose to declare a leave of absence from leading his church and bid for presidency of the Republic of the Philippines?

I wouldn’t know how to answer that mainly because I am not him. But it is really very intriguing.

Though, I know, I am not the very first to ask this as he has been accused of running for presidency because of religious interests.

As for his chances in this 2010 elections, I believe that the population of his church wouldn’t be enough to win this race. He would’ve to learn how to reach the people who are not in his religion. And he should be able to do that before this race goes against his favor.

Sources: Wikipedia (Eddie Villanueva), PoliticalArena, BroEddie.ph, Wikipedia (Jesus is Lord Church)

Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Gibo Teodoro

Full Name: Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo Cojuangco Teodoro Jr.
Born: June 14, 1964
Parents: former Social Security System administrator Gilberto Teodoro, Sr. and former Batasang Pambansa member Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Secretary of National Defense

Political Party: LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD
Running Mate: Edu Manzano
Senators:

  • Lito Lapid
  • Silvestre Bello III
  • Ramon Guico
  • Rey Langit
  • Bong Revilla
  • Raul Lambino
  • Miriam Defensor Santiago

Brief History

Teodoro completed his grade school and high school education at Xavier School.

Teodoro attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1984. In 1989, he completed his law studies at the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. In the same year, he topped the Philippine Bar exams.

For seven years, he honed his skills as a lawyer in the EP Mendoza Law firm. He went to the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for his Master of Laws and completed it in 1997. He was also admitted to the State Bar of New York during the same year.

Life in Politics

From 1998 to 2007 he was a House Representative for the First District of Tarlac province. He assumed the position of Assistant Majority Leader in the 11th Congress and head of the Nationalist People’s Coalition House members. He was also a member of the House contingent to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.

Following his three terms in office—the maximum number allowed by the constitution—he was succeeded by his wife, Monica Prieto-Teodoro.

Teodoro was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense in August 2007 at the age of 43, the youngest person to ever hold the position.

On November 20, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that she had resigned her post as president of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and handed over the presidency to Teodoro.

Politics

Galing, Talino, para sa mabilis na pag-ahon

Platform

Gibo is committed to the Filipino in every region of the country, and we’re getting started with a vision that leaves no one behind.

  • Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City make up the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Ninety-two percent of population is composed of diverse indigenous groups; hence, cultural awareness must be given importance. The idea is to promote CAR’s rich cultural heritage, not exploit it. This can be achieved by proper cultural re-education among the people through different programs promoting social consciousness and diversity appreciation.Regional independence is also in the agenda. Strategic measures shall be taken to grant fiscal and political autonomy to the region, which will eventually lead to better local governance, regional unification, and social development.
  • The Ilocos Region has a strategic location as a Northern Gateway for economic activities in the areas of investment, trade and technologyThe challenges that this region faces:
    • There is a need to sustain momentum of accelerated growth by industry sector especially in the construction subsector and stimulate manufacturing subsector to recover loses of the whole sector from the slowdown of previous slump years.
    • The agriculture and services sector, especially the trade subsector need to be stimulated to increase their contribution to the income of the region.
    • Need for more job creating opportunities especially in the industry and services sectors to continually expand the economy of the region.
    • Persistent increase in unemployment rate.
    • Gap between agri and non agri labor productivity.

    The presence of infrastructure networks such as airports, sea ports, gives the region a good jumping point in advocating development initiatives aimed at maximizing the region’s agri-industrial and tourism industries by taking advantage of its strategic proximity to the tiger economies of Taiwan, Southern China and Japan.

  • Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Santiago City belong to the Cagayan Valley Region. Situated along the country’s northern coastline, the main industry of the provinces is fishing. The region relies on its rich aquatic resource that is why strategic measures for improving the sector are needed for dynamic growth.Cagayan Valley’s economy is also driven by the agricultural sector; hence, it is necessary to construct farming access roads and irrigation system for the region.Power supply and telecommunication services shall be available to different baranggay and households in the region. This will prompt easier access to information and innovation, as well as boom of the E-commerce in the region. Development will also pave for flood control facilities, better transportation network, and digital infrastructures.
  • Central Luzon’s development objective is to achieve prosperity and improve quality of life of the people by increasing productivity levels and reduction of costs coupled with reducing the risks to economic vulnerability of the region.This will be achieved by:
    • Attracting new and additional investments in the following industries through reduction of direct and indirect cost of doing business in the region:
      • Agribusiness and other resource based industries.
      • Provision of tourism services and facilities as well a rehabilitation of existing ones.
      • ICT
      • Knowledge-based industries.
      • Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
    • Market promotion and financial assistance packages shall be utilized to strengthen SMEs.
    • Increase the region’s shares of the international market by attracting new locators to the region’s large industrial enclaves and Freeport zones.
    • Revival of the region’s mining industry.
    • Increase productivity and family incomes in the agricultural sector through increased access to technologies and other support infrastructure.
    • Improve access to affordable transport services and facilities.
    • We shall reduce the risks to economic growth by reducing the regions vulnerability to natural hazards trough early warning systems, hazard zonations and disaster preparedness; Institutionalize ecosystem protection initiatives;
      • We aim to increase economic growth potential for the regions by means of:
      • Improve quality of education which shall be responsive to the development thrusts of the region.
      • Decrease IRA dependence, increase internal revenue generation.
      • Improve on healthcare initiatives to improve and maintain the health and well being of the people.
  • The provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Quezon, and Rizal, collectively known as CALABARZON, has one of the fastest growing economy, thanks to the onset industrial factories, commercial infrastructures, and housing projects in the area. Its close proximity with the National Capital Region gives it better access to the metropolitan areas teeming with business opportunities.The key areas to be explored:
    • Job market expansion by providing credit loans and proper management training for entrepreneurs.
    • Address the need for better education by making schools more conducive for learning. Provide more classrooms, textbooks, and educational modules. Teaching computer literacy even at early grade levels.
    • Lobby for better infrastructures to hasten the commute of citizens and transportation of commodities.
    • Efface poverty in urban and rural areas by meeting basic social needs such as livelihood, healthcare, and housing.
  • The MIMAROPA—which encompasses Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City, and Romblon—may be the new gateway of southern Philippines. Its port areas provide easy transport services to nearby islands and are excellent trading hub for entrepreneurs. Improving these infrastructures is needed.The cluster of agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors paved way to its rising economic growth; hence, it should be continuously enhanced. Another focus will be on the mining sector, and although mines in the region operate on small-scale level, they still made fiscal mark. There is a need to campaign for local government units to support the region for continued progress to happen.
  • Bicolandia consists of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Top priority is put on natural disaster preparedness for the region. As proactive solution to the problem, construction of river dams is needed. The local drainage system also needs regular maintenance and unclogging to prevent flooding.Economic zones in the region will rise by way of land development and aggressive promotion. This will work alongside remodeling the current trading trends through facilitating small and medium enterprises and pushing forward to stronger international trade.Much potential is seen in Bicolandia’s steel and engineering sector. Ample support will be given to research programs on the metal industry in order to convert it into a profitable economy.
  • There is a need to sustain key development initiatives in the region for which there are three major funding sources namely: National funding, Region’s own development initiatives, LGU initiatives.The thrust of the key initiates are mainly:
    • Increased job creation through economic growth: Initiate and sustain strategic programs and projects covering agriculture, cooperative development, Tourism, productivity and marketing assistance, entrepreneurship, SME technology programs, Productivity and aquaculture subsector programs.
    • Social development programs aimed at reduction of poverty: These programs are aimed to alleviate poverty through establishment of schools, Health programs, health and nutrition centers and other social services in the remote areas; providing continuous lifelong learning and multiple capability building for service providers and expansion of trained community based service, as well as other education and skills enhancement initiatives.
    • Improved physical planning and sustainable management of ecosystems: Programs include updating o f land use classifications resource management as well as environmental management.
    • Improved infrastructure and logistic support.
  • With its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, the Central Visayas Region (the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor) aims to be a frontrunner in Visayas terms of living and economy. This goal can be achieved if crucial matters on economy and social welfare can be addressed:
    • The Internet is the new business highway. Hence, there is a pressing need for advancements in information technology and telecommunications within the region. Citizens need to be constantly wired and attuned with global trends. That is why IT education, new researches, and constructions should be funded.
    • Urbanization, modernization, and industrialization of most cities in the region by yielding employment for the people and giving adequate social services.
    • Continued propagation of the agriculture, aquaculture, and livestock in the region can continue through proper organization and supervision via local government units.
    • Tap into the human resources by educating the citizens and training them in various sectors to be part of the growing workforce of the region.
  • To maximize Eastern Visayas Region’s potential, it is best to draw from its agricultural sector and manpower. The economy of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Samar, Southern Leyte, and Tacloban City will greatly benefit from a fortified agri-industry and eco-tourism:
      Form farmer cooperatives to increase operation scale

    • Provide prime agricultural lands to be cultivated. Facilitate in agriculture-related activities, like skills training on farming, entrepreneurship, and sourcing funds. Continue producing the region’s high value crops such as rice, corn, and sugarcane. Establish more processing and manufacturing centers in the region.
    • Pursue tourism; it is an integral part of the economy. Developing beaches and other touist spots will bring in foreigners and businesses.

    Through combined financial support and government effort, the regional plan can be implemented.

  • The development plans for Zamboanga Peninsula—composed of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga city—will be centered on poverty, education, and infrastructures:Poverty is one of the main hurdles in fiscal and social development. Eradicating poverty in the region can be made possible by generating more employment, literacy programs, and housing projects. A dependable healthcare system will also be made available to provide low-cost hospital services and medicines for the citizens.Provide access to basic education and enhance quality of higher education. Schools will be given free textbooks and learning materials. Educational facilities will be improved and scholarships will be granted to deserving students. The faculty will also be shaped-up to ensure quality teaching.

    A lot of residents have been displaced from their homes due natural disasters and political turmoil. Involve local government units and private sectors to take active part in housing and resettlement programs.

  • The provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental are part of Northern Mindanao. Because of the current peace and order situation in the region, its economy is taking a blow. Infrastructure projects can help stimulate the flow business. Aid will be provided to improve the main roads and bridges connecting rural areas to cities, the busy port areas, and the airports. Transportation of products and goods all over the country will become much faster and easier. Visitors and tourists can have more access to the region.In lieu of tourism, there should be more aggressive approach to promote the different spots in the region, such as the beautiful Camiguin island and the mountain ranges of Bukidnon.Region X is the prime supplier of hydro-electric power for Mindanao. Constructing new power plants and encouraging businessmen to invest on these projects will not only escalate power generation and transmission, it will also beneficial to the environment.

    The peace and order situation in the region shall be closely monitored to safeguard security and protect human rights.

  • Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur comprise the Davao Region. The growing need for information and communication technology will become the region’s economic springboard. Hence, aiding in the construction of E-commerce infrastructures such as contact centers that will introduce larger job market. Local government units must also raise more capital for the business sector in order to provide more services for the people. Allow small and medium enterprises easier access to credit and bank loans in order to take care of their business.Rehabilitation of the region’s mining industry must be also underlined, but at the same time, maintain the preservation of ecological balance. The agriculture sector, which is anchored on food produce such as bananas and coconuts, will be granted better facilities to ensure product quality. Development research programs will address the region’s need for agri-business management direction.
  • SOCCSKSARGEN covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City The region is one of the country’s main exporters of bananas, mangoes, seaweeds, and coconuts. Strengthening its agri-business sector through procurement of new farming lands, techniques, and technology will result to more foreign and investments and local livelihood.A pioneer in commercial fishing, SOCCSKSARGEN can expect joint government effort to aid productivity and trade management. Manufacturing is also on the rise. Building new and better infrastructures like food processing and packaging factories can help the economy.Protecting natural resources is also beneficial to the region. Ample financial support will be provided for the continuous research on watershed management, irrigation, and forest conservation. Illegal logging, dynamite fishing, poaching, and polluting shall be punishable by law.

    Bring information technology industry to the region to boost the current low employment rate. Major cities such as General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat can be tapped as new grounds for business enterprises such as service and product outsourcing.

  • The Caraga Region—composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur—is wealthy in natural and mineral resources; properly harnessing these reserves will greatly boost the region’s economy. Developmental plans will focus on improving the forestry, mining/quarrying, farming, and fishing industries. This can be accomplished by organizing more training programs for the workers and lobbying for better infrastructures. Progress will go hand-in-hand with the protecting the environment. The goals are to utilize, protect, and sustain nature’s blessings.Optimizing Caraga’s growing economic zones is also a priority. The region’s economic zones will become the center of agribusiness that will pave way for more macro and micro enterprises. This will draw in more investors to the region and, at the same time, generate more jobs for the Caragans.

My 2cents on Gibo

This profile would be the first of its kind. We can say that Gibo has not much of a history in politics but it is also evident that he has laid out a plan for the Philippines.

It’s amazing to me. Anyway, I can also wonder why the administration has chosen him as their candidate for the 2010 presidential race. First, he isn’t so known all over the Philippines. He might have a history as a congressman but that doesn’t mean that the people already know him. Which brings us to the second point: there is not much to know about him. I can say that it is pretty early in his political career to already run for president.

Well, he is not the only who can seem to be in a hurry for presidency. But, since he is backed by the administration, he still has a chance in this race. Though, the recent surveys wouldn’t tell you so.

Sources:PoliticalArena, Wikipedia, Gibo.ph