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richard gordon’s vision for a new philippines


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..

source: http://www.dickgordon2010.com/about.php


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.

Second, we can raise the quality of education for our young people so that they can fully compete in the world. This means better schools, better teachers, better laboratories and facilities and better instruction in the key sciences and technologies of the times. The vision is a quality population that will be key to national development propelling the country forward in the new Global Economy.

Third, we can keep the peace in our communities and ensure security for the nation. This is fundamental to building an enabling environment for the economy to grow and prosper. We can fortify peace and order through self-discipline, vigilance and respect for the rule of law. We must respect, understand and accept our brother Muslims to be able to end the conflict in Mindanao.
Instead of an all out war, a full court press on Mindanao—progress and development is what the South needs. Simultaneously, there is a need to clean up the military and to modernize our defense capabilities in addressing external threats. Thus, stronger relations with our historical allies and a deeper awareness and participation of the citizenry are necessary.

Fourth, we can embark on the modernization of infrastructure, taking into consideration the integration of disaster risk maps and land use planning, in our country. This means all necessary, stable and modern infrastructure that will serve the economy and attract investors long into the future. And that includes sufficient power at affordable cost. As the World Bank has put it, “Infrastructure is the wheel of development.” Without infrastructure you can get nowhere.

Fifth, we can expand the tax and revenue base of government so that we can finance more public investments and social programs. Our tax effort remains weak because of weakness and corruption in our revenue agencies like the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Customs. So one of my first acts if elected President will be to effect a major overhaul of these agencies, including enabling legislation to ensure reform. We will execute an efficient and effective budget reduction program: maximizing revenues and savings while at the same time minimizing waste and eliminating fraud and abuse.

Sixth, we can end public cynicism and distrust of government by installing a new culture of honesty and integrity in the public service—starting from the top and reaching to the lowest rungs of the bureaucracy. Leadership by example. Let us be honest about this. Corruption has worsened many times over during the past 20 years. What we need is not a change of men but a change in men, under a Gordon Presidency, the Filipino character will be caring, competent, competitive, courageous, united, liberal, honest, transformational, secure, sustainable and successful.

With effective government, we can aggressively compete in the world for more foreign investments, more tourism, more access for our exports, more markets for our services and human resources.

Philippine Competitiveness
In the world we live in today, let us have no illusions that there is an easy way for a nation to become more competitive.

There is none.

Countries today are jockeying more fiercely than ever for the markets, technologies, skills, foreign investment, and distribution channels needed to grow their economies and raise their standard of living. Globalization has made the competition tougher.

But what is also an overwhelming reality now is that developing countries can effectively compete on virtually even terms with the advanced nations.

The example of China and India shows us how effectively emerging economies can compete and how fast they can grow if they have the will and the know-how.

It is in this light that I will espouse an aggressive competitiveness program for our country.

We will not just watch our Asian neighbors rise to the heights; we will rise and compete with them. We will compete for market share in the world economy. We will contest foreign investment and export sales through our businesses. We will pit our vast and skilled human resources with theirs. And an effective government will provide the institutional support for national competitiveness—from our school system to our farms and factories.

The point is: with vision and resolve, we can compete and we will catch up and even surpass other nations. Pagbabago. Sigurado.—Senator Richard Gordon

source: http://manilatimes.net/index.php/component/content/article/86-special-reports/12396-gordon-richard-****-

  1. March 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Wawam, thank you for the post.

  2. March 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Gordon vows to make RP investor-friendly

    Bagumbayan presidential candidate Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon wants to replicate what he did in Olongapo and at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone to the whole country if he becomes the next President of the Philippines.

    In a roundtable discussion with editors, columnists and reporters of The Philippine STAR yesterday, Gordon said he would create an environment that would make the Philippines investor-friendly. This, he said, is the formula that spurred economic growth in Olongapo and in the Subic economic zone.
    Gordon, a lawyer and a degree holder of history and government, served as founding chairman and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) from 1992 to 1998. He served twice as mayor of Olongapo City from 1980 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1993.

    He said that to attract investors, the government must put in place the proper infrastructure and must be consistent with its policies.

    Gordon noted that when he headed Subic, he was able to bring in global freight companies FedEx, United Parcel Service and DHL. This, he said was done by providing them adequate infrastructure such as roads, runways, airports and seaports.

    As such, he believes that there is a need to put the proper linkages between growth areas in the provinces and in Metro Manila. This would also help decongest Metro Manila so that population growth wouldn’t be overtaking economic growth.

    There would also be strong communication between local government units and the national government to ensure that policies are consistent.

    “We have to have consistency. We can’t change rules in the middle because we can’t attract investors. We won’t be able to grow,” Gordon said.

    He also said that in building the necessary infrastructure projects, his government would enter into Build-Operate-Transfer contracts with the private sector so that state resources can be used in other areas.

    “We will have BOT projects. We won’t use government money,” Gordon said.

    He believes the Philippines needs a steady growth of seven to nine percent to be able to create the “impetus” for change.

    Gordon, who is running on a transformational platform, said he would also overhaul the current system in the country where only the oligarchs have control over the resources of government.

    “The oligarchy does nothing but accumulate wealth,” he said. This paves the way for a system of patronage among the country’s political leaders, he added.

    “We have to break this cycle,” he said.

    Speaking on specific areas of the economy, Gordon said, he would prioritize agricultural growth by investing in irrigation facilities.

    In the area of power, he said President Arroyo must be made accountable on the current power crisis and must be asked to explain why it is happening.

    He said his government would promote the use of alternative energy and is even willing to look into tapping nuclear energy to resolve the crisis.

    Gordon, who served as secretary of tourism from 2001 to 2004 said he would continue to make the Philippines an attractive tourism destination.

    Citing Singapore and Hong Kong as ideal models in the region, Gordon said that if he becomes president, he would make the Philippines the one with the “cleanest and most honest government in Asia.” By Iris C. Gonzales (The Philippine Star)

  3. Rommel
    March 12, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Kung sila may pera at artista. Si Gordon may VOLUNTEERS. I live all the way in Europe and I’m campaigning for him. He may never know I even exist but my vote goes to the one that walks his talk and to the candidate that practices what he preaches. Never estimate the spirit of volunteerism. We have shown you the strength of this before in Olongapo. He has shown the power of this in Red Cross. Now, we will altogether do this again in the whole Philippines! ITAGA N’YO SA BATO! Filipinos will have an epic win represented by Gordon’s election!

  4. March 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Mga Kababayan or mga supporters ni Noynoy, Villar, Villanueva, at Gibo. Please check this website. This is just one of the fruits of labor that Senator Richard Dick Gordon have planted when he founded SBMA. People of Olongapo and Subic and people who migrated to Olongapo NOW ENJOY. This is just an example of what our country would become if Richard Gordon becomes the president. Sabi nya itaga mo sa bato. He has yet to break his promise. He will always deliver on his promises.
    http://www.subicbay.ph/hanjin/index2006.html The article states “Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. opened over the weekend a P40-million modern training center in the Subic Bay Freeport. “This training center is just one among the many good things that are happening in the Subic Freeport for the past six months and Hanjin will be the biggest shipyard in the country with a committed investment of more than $1 billion,” said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority administrator Armand Arreza. “BY 2016, HANJIN WILL MANUFACTURE THE WORLD’S LARGEST GAS TANKER AND CARGO SHIP IN THIS FACILITY MANPOWER REQUIREMENT: INITIALLY AROUND 7,000 AND WILL PEAK TO 40 THOUSAND DIRECT AND INDIRECT WORK OPPORTUNITIES.”
    Click this link…… Subic Bay is looking for Filipino skilled workers. If you ever get a job, please remember it is because of Senator Gordon’s relentless effort to create Jobs for Filipinos. Sa Subic or Olongapo, doon nyo makikita ang daloy ng buhay. So instead of volunteering for Villar, Noynoy, or Erap, get a job and help the country move forward. TAYO NA SA PAGBABAGO! PAALALA LANG PO. BAWAL ANG TAMAD AT TANGA SA OLONGAPO. http://www.jobs.subicbay.ph/

    • March 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm


      Salamat po sa info. I never realized na that before. I just changed my vote from Noynoy to Senator Gordon. My whole family will vote for Gordon at Bayani. We currently live in Davao and hope to see more changes sa aming lalawigan. Not to mention my aunt is very excited about his promised of P40000 per month na pa sweldo.

  5. March 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

    This platform however lacks the specifics… check this out if you want a platform that is complete, clear and specific… http://www.nicanor-perlas.com/Nicanor/complete-platform2.html

    • O_O
      March 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      No thanks. There’s a better upcoming one that will trounce yours.

  6. March 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I fully agree with your vision of the Philippines Mr Richard Gordon…I hope the Filipino people use their brain and vote intellectually rather than emotionally and make you the next president of our country this coming May. You deserve to become the next president of the Philippines! GOD BLESS YOU and more power to you. Sana tayong mga Pilipino at matuto na sa pagboto ng karapat-dapat na maging leader natin, gamitin ang mga katwiran ng talino sa pagboto at iwasan na ang pagboto sa mga katwiran na pang-emosyon! WE HAVE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY IN THE PERSON OF RICHARD GORDON FOR PRESIDENT AND BAYANI FERNANDO FOR VICE-PRESIDENT.

  7. dude
    March 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    one of the best, if not already the best platform being presented and i believe gordon is the man to make phil a better country. theres only one problem, the political scenario here, esp the people that can influence huge number of votes are driven by what they can get from the candidate(how much money they can make if the govt is corrupt vs clean govt) and not with the candidates capacity to improve the country. if nonoy wins, he will be pushed around by people around him (mking him just anither puppet). if villar wins, then he gets to win back all the bets (billions) he spent for elections and more. dont be delusion villar can and will get his money back. negosyante yan, he want returns for his investments. i really hope gordon wins and all the presidential candidtaes who really wants a better phil help him out, nonoy, eddie, gibo… hayyyy, good luck to all of us. we cannot take another presidential term that is like the several previous ones we had. if the hole gets deep enough.. the phil might not be able to climb out anymore.

    • jundp
      April 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      ibahin mo si BROTHER EDDIE, may karakter na hindi ka iiwan kahit anong mangyari .. subok na iyan .. nakalaang itaya ang buhay para sa iyong kapakanan .. kaya ako, BROTHER EDDIE ako ..

  8. janet
    April 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Ako rin Bro. Eddie….walang katumbas ang pagmamahal sa Diyos at Bayan. Walang katulad, babangon ang BANSA KONG MINAMAHAL.

  9. O_O
    April 4, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Ugh, pinagpipilitan ninyo sarili nyo, but Eddie lacks credentials and trustworthiness which Gordon already enjoys.

  10. jundp
    April 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

    ugh din ang masasabi ko sa comment mo dahil para sa akin, biased ka .. hindi mo ako makukumbinsi sa pamamaraan mo ..

  11. ulacano
    April 11, 2010 at 1:52 am

    go Gordon-Bayani, kayo na sana ang manalo in this coming election, my whole family will support both of you, I pray that the filipino people will be united as one, people wise enough to be able to see what this country really needs, let’s all be rational in making our votes for our future & the future of future generations lies on it, this is our chance to help re-build our country, this is a one time opportunity for us, otherwise we will suffer again. please check their track records. they need not to speak, their records speaks for them. GORDON, a man of vision, dedicated to fulfill his mission trough his worthy Action. AIM HIGH PINOY

  12. Neil
    April 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm


  13. Neil
    April 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Im from the UK and i have never voted before but this coming May, Richard Gordon you got my vote! i grew up in Olongapo City and seeing what you accomplished you could be the catalyst to make the Philippines rise back on top just like it was before.

  14. tuesday
    May 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    hindi lng dapt puro pagmamahal, dapat may nagawa ndin sa bayan. at si Gordon lang yun ang may nagawang maganda kesa sa ibang kandidates. Kulang kung puro pagmamahal lang, dapat may nagawa.

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