we are publishing here the platform of government of nicanor perlas. please be warned – you will need to wear your eyeglasses or if you don’t wear one now, you might need one after you read the platform. the font size of the texts used in that site are horrifically small.
The Six Pillars
My platform has Six Pillars. The first deals with eradicating the massive poverty, inequitable growth, lawlessness, and conflicts that plague our country. Our first pillar aims to Eradicate Poverty and Enhance Quality of Life for all, through, among others, a vibrant broad-based economy, social justice and peace.
The second addresses the pervasive corruption that is tearing the social fabric of the nation and rupturing the hearts and minds of Filipinos. Our second pillar therefore seeks to Advance Moral and Effective Governance in all institutions of society and all situations in life.
The third concerns itself with stopping the massive destruction of our ecology and our environment. Our third pillar seeks to Uphold the Integrity of Creation and respectfully partner with it as our source of life.
Our fourth pillar seeks to Build Partnerships for Social Justice. We want to introduce a new approach to real participatory governance and authentic democracy. No one can solve the problems of the country alone… tayong lahat ang kailangan upang mabago ang ating bansa. This means government working together with civil society and business in the pursuit of social justice and creating a better country.
The fifth pillar strives to Promote Creative Education and Inner Change. Better schools, colleges and universities, drawing out the many talents, intelligences, and potentials of students, are crucial. Equally as important is self-directed education and transformation. At the end of the day, it’s important to also address the factor of inner change—taking responsibility for changing our hearts and minds. No one can do our inner work for us. And there can be no genuine change in a system or institution if the people who work there do not change. Depressed, apathetic, and poorly trained people cannot create visionary and high-performance organizations, much less a world-inspiring country. Individual and cultural transformation are the foundations of the other pillars.
And then finally, the Sixth Psixillar of the platform aims to Mainstream Visionary Initiatives. There are thousands of promising initiatives throughout the country in a wide variety of fields that already point the way forward to another, much better Philippines. We will reward innovation. We will systematically discover, magnify and multiply these existing success stories.
This platform with its Six Pillars recognizes that everything is interconnected and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Ang lahat ng bagay ay magkaugnay. Reducing poverty, for example, is not simply about appropriate government policies that strengthen the economy, creates jobs and minimizes the adverse aspects of globalization. Poverty reduction also requires significant advances in peace, culture, including education, health care, sanitation, clean water, housing, micro-finance, nutrition and of course, agriculture and asset reform among others.
We are talking about a practical platform of sustainability that recognizes all of these connections. We cannot transform the system if the system is plagued with corruption. But you cannot get rid of corruption if you don’t involve the citizenry in changing behavior. And you cannot change if there’s no inner change. Everything is interrelated and systemic.
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Vision for a New Philippines
Leadership requires a clear and coherent VISION. The vision sets the philosophy and framework for good governance. It provides guidance to the people so that they can pursue our common goal in their own creative way. Dick Gordon’s vision for a truly Filipino society must be one that is:
People must be concerned with the welfare of others/community/country and exercise a degree of selflessness for our greater good. We must not injure others in the exercise of our rights.
Everyone must have due regard for the individual struggles of others and act with consideration. We must act with empathy and devise programs that uplift every individual’s conditions.
Filipinos must have pride in their identity; we must have self-worth and end our defeated and victimized attitude. We must have dignity and validate our principles with good works
Our methods of production, systems of defense and education, all aspects of society, must be geared towards a meritocracy that rewards efficiency. We must build the basic infrastructure to enable us to compete in a global economy.
We must present a common front in the face of national issues and abide by the course of action that preserves and advances the collective good and promotes the greatest measure of independence. Our attitudes must be attuned to bring out the best in our collective abilities, rather than defeat ourselves and pull each other down.
Liberal and Tolerant
In our diversified and pluralistic society, we must have a common understanding of individual differences and how this strengthens us, instead of making this a source of internecine conflict.
We must not be ashamed of a culture that values hard-earned success. We must engender a society that values performance over patronage. WE must change our attitudes.
We must be free from conditions of deprivation, want and fear. We must be empowered to address these conditions and feel confident that these can be overcome. There must be food on the table and a roof over our heads. Our homes and streets must be safe.
All of these build a Country of Character – our ultimate vision where everyone is Enabled to be Enobled and Free..
Give RP a government that works
The central question that the May elections must answer is: How do we get our nation moving? What will it take to propel our country forward? What should be our priorities? The next president must give the nation a government that works—effective government. All our travails as a nation are the result of ineffective government—a government that cannot enforce the law, a government corroded by corruption, a government weakened by dissension and strife, a government that cannot assure the safety and well-being of the people.
We are a talented and resourceful people, and this is proven by the productive service of 10 million Filipinos in other lands. What has failed us is political leadership and government.
With effective government, we can finally address the primary challenges that have kept us down and undeveloped.
First, we can embark on a massive investment and productivity program to raise national economic output—in agriculture, in industry, in services and in global trade. This is the key to producing the jobs for our millions and keeping more of them at home.
In this regard, food security and the El Niño problem must be addressed not later but right away. We should invest in irrigation of lands, farm to market roads, technologies, local dams/water catchments with the goal of being not only self-sufficient but a rice exporter by the 4th year of a Gordon Presidency. In the future, we should have a culture of preparedness and pride to enable us to engage the world.
It is also in this regard that we should maximize the opportunities brought about by the Tourism Law, and promote the creation of tourism economic zones with an infrastructure master plan. Let us remember that tourism can be the engine of growth that can propel our country and its people into the 21st century by generating investment, jobs and dollars while protecting and preserving with pride for our posterity our nation’s heritage.