MAKING OUR COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE
Vision, Strategy and Program of Bagumbayan 2010
The supreme goal and objective of our political party is to make the Philippinesa better place to live in, work in, invest in, worship in, and all those otherthings that citizens seek in a free and democratic society. This is the dream weall share as members of Bagumbayan. This is also the hope we hear from ourpeople as we travel and listen to them all over our archipelago.As the first people to recover their independence after World War II in July1946, the Philippines should have become by now a truly modern, developedand democratic nation. Instead, we are a nation in chronic crisis and decline.In 1957 the World Bank said that “The Philippines has achieved a position inthe Far East second only to Japan…[and] the prospects of the Philippineeconomy for sustained long-term growth are good.” Today, 53 years later, the Philippines is a laggard in Asia, overtaken by Asianneighbors who used to look at us with envy.Over this half-century, from one administration to another, great opportunitieshave come and gone. We have faltered because our government did not rise toits basic reason for being: to assure peace and security throughout the land, toprovide opportunity for all, to lead in growing the economy, and to spread thebenefits across all sectors of society.Instead of peace, our country has been torn apart by rebellion, secession anddisorder. Instead of our poor attaining a better life, we have only seen the richget richer. Instead of sustainable development, we have witnessed boom andbust, growth and recession. Instead of providing for all, we have become lesscapable of providing for the health, education and welfare of our people as ournumbers have increased to 94 million.
Strategy for Change: Effective Government
We submit that our national decline is due, not to any deficiency of talent of our people, or a damaged culture, or a lack of democracy. We have falteredbecause of the lack of
in our country.Every problem that torments us today is rooted in poor governance.