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From the Official Gazzette:

A Social Contract With The Filipino People

THE Campaign PLATFORM OF BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

A National Leadership in Need of Transformational Change

  • Its legitimacy is under question;
  • It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
  • It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
  • It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
  • It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
  • It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
  • It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
  • It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
  • It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self-enrichment.

A People Crying out for Change

  • Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
  • Corruption destroys our families and communities.
  • Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
  • Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
  • This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
  • We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
  • Our proven capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance has been weakened.
  • We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts.
  • We have become divided and alienated, focusing only on ourselves and on our individual pursuits.
  • Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
  • We have retreated into a dark world of self-absorption and cynicism. Our collective despair has reached its lowest point.

Then finally, the gift of Light

Cory Aquino passed on to the next life. From our sadness, we awakened to a shaft of light cutting through the darkness. She left the Filipinos a legacy of selfless love for country and people. Filipinos’ connection with each other was rekindled. In death, she enabled us to hope again for decent government. The millions who connected with Cory at her funeral represented something more than euphoria, sentiment or transient emotions. They represented the reverent memory of a good leader in the past and the firm hope of having a similarly good leader in the future.

A People’s Campaign of Renewed Hope…

  • Anchored on Ninoy’s and Cory’s legacy of change through the ways of democracy
  • Embraces the qualities of integrity, humility and trust-worthiness in public leadership
  • Recognizes the absence of these qualities in government as a major cause of widespread poverty, misery and despair.

The Vision for the Philippines:

A country with…

1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders;

2. An organized and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people’s skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources;

3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;

4. Public institutions rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities.

Our Mission:

We will start to make these changes first in ourselves—by doing the right things, by giving value to excellence and integrity and rejecting mediocrity and dishonesty, and by giving priority to others over ourselves.

We will make these changes across many aspects of our national life.

A Commitment to Transformational Leadership:

1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.

2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.

3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.

4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.

5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.

Economy

6. From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.

7. From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.

8. From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality ® to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.

9. From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.

10. From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange,  disregarding the social cost to Filipino families to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.

Government Service

11. From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good.

12. From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support to professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies with adequate means to perform their public service missions.

Gender Equality

13. From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls, to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.

Peace & Order

14. From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents to one that seeks a broadlysupported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.

Environment

15. From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.

16. From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations.

This platform is a commitment to change that Filipinos can depend on.

With trust in their leaders, everyone can work and build a greater future together.

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Beyond eco-adventure…

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Get to know more about the LEAD Movement in this article by Marjorie Gorospe, loQal.ph

Hometown love inspires Ilocano group to seek more eco-tourism sites

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Read the feature news story on Adams… Discovering nature at its finest in this little-known Ilocos town called Adams

Original story by Anna Valmero via loQal.ph

Get to know more about Adams via LEAD Movement

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Meet Adams’ 115-year-old Rufina Daluyon

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ADAMS, ILOCOS NORTE–Most of us in this generation learn history from textbooks and classrooms, but 115-year-old I-Apayao native Rufina Daluyon has seen it all.

Apo Rufina was one of the first to move to Adams in Ilocos Norte and being the oldest resident of this town, she is very popular among the locals as well as tourists who are lucky enough to hear her stories.

She often reflects the healthy lifestyle of the I-Apayao tribe and despite her age, the centenarian shows  no signs of serious illness.

Apo Rufina can still talk and can still walk but she only speaks Ilocano. She shares her stories to willing listeners through her great granddaughter Susan.

Susan says being a member of the I-Apayao tribe, Apo Rufina is very fond of vegetables. The I-Apayao tribe is related to Isneg tribe and both tribes are known as good farmers.

In fact, Susan says, Apo Rufina’s husband lived for 126 years; another testimony for the I-Apayao’s penchant for living long, healthy lives.

Apo Rufina also uses ‘nga-nga‘( a combination of apog, a piece tobacco and leaf of gawed) for her teeth,” says Susan noting that it is the secret of her complete set of strong teeth.

Apo Rufina has three children, but only one among the three is still alive at a still remarkable age of 90.

Read full story on Yahoo News Fit to Post… An I-Apayao centenarian shares her secret to long, healthy life

Original story by Marjorie Gorospe on loQal.ph

Read about the indigenous peoples of Adams, Ilocos Norte

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‘Homestay’ in Adams allows tourists to get acquainted with local culture « loQal – Travel and Outdoors | Philippines

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ADAMS, ILOCOS – This once-isolated town is still largely undiscovered by tourists despite its many natural attractions and rich cultural tradition. Those who do venture to Adams will find it worthwhile because of the “homestay” service.

A a reference point, you have to pass by the more popular town of Pagudpud before reaching Adams. Going there is an adventure by itself; if you have to bring your own vehicle, make sure it’s built for off-roading because the climb to Adams is very rocky, to say the least.

The Laoag Eco-Adventure Development (LEAD) Movement Inc, a non-profit organization that  promotes ecotourism in Ilocos, initiated the discovery of Adams and is actively working with local government and tourism officials for its promotion.

In Adams, there are no hotels yet nor even small inns built specifically to accommodate tourists. The only option is to stay with residents that offer homestay, or literally welcoming you as guests in their homes.

Josie Dato, who is one of only four homeowners who offer homestay in Adams, says she and other locals were initially trained by tourism officials in 2008.

Read more… ‘Homestay’ in Adams allows tourists to get acquainted with local culture « loQal – Travel and Outdoors | Philippines via loQal.ph

Iconic windmills produce electricity but less catch for Bangui fishermen (via loQal.ph)

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BANGUI, ILOCOS NORTE  – These towering windmills help generate electricity and likewise tourism for this remote coastal town but local fishermen have reported dire effects on their main source of livelihood.

The Bangui windmills actually provide approximately 40 percent of the total rural electrification needed by the entire province of Ilocos Norte, which has a population of nearly 600,000, according to this PCIJ report.

Began in 2005, the project has been lauded for its environmental benefits since the windmills require no fuel, do not emit greenhouse gases and produce no waste that contributes to global warming.

But these famous gigantic structures have been affecting the livelihood of fishermen in Purok Suyo.

Nakakabingi ang lakas ng ugong sa ilalim ng tubig tapos nabawasan ang mga isda kaya mahirap (The rumbling sound under water can be deafening and we are also harvesting less fish now) ,” laments fisherman Jimmy Yabuc, when asked how the windmills affect their daily catch.

Read more… Iconic windmills produce electricity but less catch for Bangui fishermen via loQal.ph

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Pagudpud locals wish for more tourism, livelihood training (via loQal.ph)

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PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE – Residents of Barangay Saud in this town are hoping new Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos will set up a college or vocational school offering courses that would train more locals on tourism-related services.

Pagudpud, located north of Ilocos Norte, is best known for its beaches, including Saud Beach, which topped a list of the top 10 beaches in Asia by Activetravelmagazines.com.

Ringe Quindoy, 32, sells souvenir products made of seashells in Saud Beach. She says a local community college or technical-vocational school will ease the financial burden for parents whose children study in Laoag City, the provincial capital some two hours away from Pagudpud.

A student usually spends at least P110 for a one-way travel to Laoag, she says.

Sa ngayon kasi, mahal ang pamasahe para makapasok sa Laoag. Halos umaabot ng P40 yung sakay sa tricycle pa-bayan (ng Pagudpud) tapos bus naman, mga P70, papuntang Laoag. Mabigat sa bulsa kasi siyempre may baon pa sila sa araw-araw,” she says.

If not a community college, 43-year-old handicraft maker Imelda Uddon says a technical-vocational school offering two-year hospitality courses would do. She says this would help locals like her learn new skills and better serve tourists.

Read more… Pagudpud locals wish for more tourism, livelihood training via loQal.ph

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