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Bagumbayan - Richard Gordon - Platform for Governance

Bagumbayan - Richard Gordon - Platform for Governance

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Published by: YouthVotePhilippines on Apr 27, 2010
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 Today, as in the past, we Filipinos have been confronted with deep andsweeping political, economic, social, and moral crises- lack of sense for thecommon good; poor leadership and corruption in government; crime;lawlessness, and insurgency; poverty and constant struggle with the economy;deteriorating quality in education; inadequate access to health care; weakeningof the family; and poor environmental protection.All these conditions plus apathy, indifference, and demoralization, as well asfear, helplessness, and hopelessness, have inured us Filipinos who havebecome jaded as we continue to face the daily challenges before us. Experiencehas taught us that the old ways and the old solutions will not work in bailingus out of these crises. To go down in disgust, discouragement, and defeatseems to be the only recourse.However, we need to look at our problems afresh and we Filipinos must fixthem, for only we can fix them, and set the course for a successful future. Wehave the power to shape our future and determine the destiny of our country.We must rid ourselves of ingrained habits, prejudices, cultural preferences,and our traditional way of doing things. We must refresh our consciousness if  we are to rise to new levels in life.We need to do things, believe things, and think in new ways. It is time for anew direction to bring our dream of a better life for ourselves and for ourcountry into reality - a dream deeply rooted in the dream of a new Philippines,a Bagumbayan. To all of us who share this dream, we must all courageouslyface the challenges of our times. Thus, in an act of union and cooperation, we declare:First, that we must be RESPONSIBLE for ourselves, for our fellow Filipinos,and for our country. We must change our attitudes, and transform ourselves tobecome horizon-chasers with duty, dignity, and determination;Second, that we can REINVENT GOVERNMENT to faithfully perform its primeduty to serve and protect the people; Third, that we can fortify LAW AND ORDER through self-discipline, vigilance,and respect for the rule of law;
Fourth, that we can build a STRONG AND GROWING ECONOMY if we all work,save, and invest in order to prosper;Fifth, that we must prioritize EDUCATION as the key to national developmentto compete and lead in the new global economy;Sixth, that we must provide adequate access to HEALTH CARE for all ourpeople, especially the needy;Seventh, that we must create JOBS for our people, so that they will not need toseek their fortunes abroad, but rather devote their talents directly to theircountry and their families;Eighth, that we must assist our people in securing decent HOMES to live inand LAND to work and build on, so they can be dignified and productivecitizens;Ninth, that we must strengthen and reinforce the FAMILY as the foundation of our nation to develop proper values and virtues in individuals and build solidcharacter; and Tenth, that we must protect and preserve the ENVIRONMENT for our posterity.We must have the Vision grounded on Values and empowered by Volunteerismto achieve Victory. These are the ideals upon which we lay the foundation of our movement for change. We are the instruments of a movement dedicated totransform the Philippines into a Bagumbayan, a new Philippines.We invite every patriotic Filipino to join us in this shared struggle. Let usembark together on this grand mission to reclaim, rebuild, and reconsecrate what Rizal— 111 years ago today—bid farewell to as “our Eden lost,” but whichremains our birthright and our redemption: Bagumbayan.Where our heroes have fallen, there shall we rise, reborn.
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 
effective government 
in our country.Every problem that torments us today is rooted in poor governance.

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