PLATFORM OF JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA
A democracy that is truly pro-poor. A country with peace and order. A government of transparency and accountability.
Economic AgendaREVIVING THE ECONOMY Steady economic growth that is felt by the masses
GNP growth is meaningless if poverty and hunger levels and other measures of quality of life remain poor. AnEstrada Administration will increase growth while also increasing the country's human development index. This willbe achieved by strengthening the country's domestic economy, specifically in the field of agriculture, instead of relying on overseas remittances to increase GNP; and by ensuring that the bulk of the budget goes to servicesthat trickle down to the poor, such as social services and education, instead of to debt servicing or overpricedinfrastructure projects.
National Security AgendaPEACE AND ORDER Ending criminal, insurgent and secessionist movements
President Joseph Estrada's primary goal is to achieve peace and order nationwide, especially in Mindanao,because he believes that peace and order is a prerequisite to economic development. His top priority is to bringdown crime rates in Metro Manila, especially drug-related activities; end insurgency in the Visayas and other provinces infested with rebels; and end the secessionist movement in Mindanao. Aside from the obvious benefitsof peace, ending the secessionist movement is a top priority because the country must send out the signal to theinternational community that we are nation that can keep its own laws in its own land, with the underlying objectiveof removing travel bans or advisories against the Philippines in order to entice investors and tourists to come.Negotiations will still be the priority means to achieve this objective . However, should the MILF continue to renegeon peace agreements and sow terror against Filipinos in Mindanao, war may be considered as a last resort or finalmeans to attaining lasting peace.
Social AgendaFOOD SECURITY AND A TRULY PRO-POOR GOVERNMENT Alleviating poverty and hunger by achieving food security and ensuring that government's economic gains are directed to truly benefit the poor
The cause of poverty and hunger in this country is massive corruption; studies have shown that the cost of corruption is as much as 20% of the budget. Couple that with government policies that prioritize debt servicing,overpriced infrastructure building with sovereign or government guarantees, and massive importation, and itbecomes obvious that poverty alleviation is not the priority of the present administration. An Estrada Administrationwill be a truly pro-poor government, as exhibited in 1998, through the following social policies:
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