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Nicanor Perlas - Platform for Governance

Nicanor Perlas - Platform for Governance

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PLATFORM OF THE PARTIDO NGMARANGAL NA SAMBAYANAN(PANGMASA)
 
The Platform of 
Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan
 
(PANGMASA)
hasfour parts.I. PREAMBLEII. VISIONIII. AGENDA FOR GENUINE CHANGEIV. PILLARS, POLICIES, AND PROGRAMS TO RENEW THE PHILIPPINES
I. PREAMBLE
 Democracy is derived from two Greek words, demos and kratos, the rule of the people, the rule of citizens. The Latin root words of “constituency” meansto “stand with”, pointing to a leader who stands with his/her people.Marangal ng Sambayanan Party advocates true, participatory democracy inits vision, agenda, and policies. Therefore the Party will conduct extensiveconsultations not only with its members but also with the general public. TheParty believes that no single individual, institution, network or movementhas the full access to the truth and to the future. In addition, the Partybelieves that a deeper truth and a more profound basis for action can befound in the diverse perspectives of its members and the general public. TheParty sees its consultative thrust and activities as means to create harmonyout of many perspectives and identities and to discover the larger and morepowerful collective intelligence that can be found in a true, respectful, andcreative processes of consultation.Creating an open consultative space has another very important result. Itwill truly revitalize democracy in the Philippines by encouraging activecitizenship.If only leaders know the answer, citizens will become passive actors in apolitical system where citizens are meant to be the true rulers. If a party’s
 
platform is too detailed, fixed, and rigid, then that citizens will experiencethat platform as a heavy burden on their minds, one that does not allowthem to really express how they really think and feel.However, if the Party truly encourages citizens to engage, then the Party willhelp release a powerful, creative energy for the positive transformation of the nation. No single individual or Party has the power to address all thechallenges that the Philippines faces today. It will take the collective will of active and engaged citizens to create a visionary and inspiring country.
TAYONG LAHAT ang magbibigay pag-asa sa ating bayan! TAYONG LAHAT ang magbabago sa Pilipinas! 
 As such, the Party views its Platform as a living document. The Platformdetails are open to constructive refinements. The Party is open to concreteideas for action that would lead the country forward to a better future.In the Platform which follows, especially the section on Policies,
the Partidong Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA)
will indicate the maincontours of its direction and basis for concrete action. This will give thegeneral public a sense of the direction and enough concrete examples of what the Party will do once it becomes active in the political and societal lifeof the country. This will give enough details of concrete action and directionwithout pre-empting other concrete policy and program proposals that willcertainly emerge from the Party’s consultative processes and theunpredictable developments in national and global affairs.The
Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan
 
(PANGMASA)
 
Platform
isthe Party’s
social contract
with the Filipino people and any other individualor institution that wants to have a relationship with the Party. It is not basedon a false sense of 
utang na loob,
paybacks or patronage. It is a platformbased on principles. It is a platform that will be the basis of the new politics.
II. VISION 2016 – A NATION REBORN
 
Prelude to Vision Statement
 The promise of 
Lupa ng Araw 
that was felt so deeply by our forebears hasbeen betrayed. We are now confronted with the devastating results of yearsof self-serving traditional politics and politicians. Poverty, unemployment,graft and corruption, conflict, injustice, and environmental decline, these arebut some of the ills devastating the country today. Virtually every level of governance and every institution of society has been infected by the pursuitof narrow and self-serving political ends. There is no guiding vision that
 
unites the country much less the various departments of government. Thisproduces loss of hope and worse, apathy and cynicism.We have now reached a turning point. Many Filipinos want something moredignified. The country yearns for a new direction to achieve genuinefreedom, justice, solidarity, to restore the Philippines that so inspired Rizal,Bonifacio, Aquino and many others.Filipinos yearn for “
GINHAWA
”, that is, true freedom, true justice, trueprosperity, true respect for nature, true solidarity, true dignity and honor –all based on our deep innate sense that we all come from one Divine Source,one Creator.
Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan
 
(PANGMASA)
willchange this dismal state of affairs with a new vision, a new agenda and newpolicies and programs that will bring “
ginhawa 
”, that will make this countryrise up from the ashes and take its place in the global community of nations.We envision the true Philippines that has deep sources of spirituality; thePhilippines that respects and empowers individual Filipinos towardsexcellence; the Philippines that understands meaningful societal change,participation and inclusion; the Philippines that respects and values culture;the Philippines that protects human rights, ensures justice and promotesparticipatory democracy; the Philippines that progresses economically byserving the true needs of the people; the Philippines that protects andnurtures the integrity of creation, our sources of life – our ecology.
Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA)
summarizes theseaspirations in its vision statement and principles as follows.
Vision Statement.
We envision a prosperous, peaceful, democratic, moral and visionary nation,living in harmony with Nature and energized by creative, honest, responsiblecitizens who are aware of their divine origin and purpose; citizens who haveunited together to sustain a free, vibrant and diverse culture, a broad-basedand inclusive economy, a participatory, just and compassionate governancethat contributes positively to world affairs.
III. AGENDA FOR CHANGE: DIMENSIONS AND PRINCIPLESThe Necessity for Change
 The challenge of renewing Philippine society is complex.

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