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National Recovery Program

National Recovery Program

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NATIONALRECOVERYPROGRAM
TheNationalRecoveryProgram(NRP)isinspiredbyavisionofapeacefulandprosperousPhilippinesandaunitedFilipinocitizenry.Itadvocatessocialequityastheessenceofgovernanceandequalityandsocialjusticeasthetruemeasuresofdemocracy.Thepursuitofthisnoblevisionwouldtreadonalong,circuitousanddifficultpathandthus,wouldrequirestructuralchangestosomeinstitutionalrestrictionsthathavebeenhinderingourprogressanddevelopment.Thediresituationweareincallsfordrastic,sweepingreformsandthereisnowayaroundit.Politicalconcessionsandaccommodationswillneversolveourproblems.Therefore,thedecisionsmustbehardandsteadfast.TheNRPdoesnotpretendtobeapanaceaforourcountry’sproblems.Instead,itsprimaryobjectiveistoarresttherapidspiralingdescentofourRepublicandlaythefoundationforatrulystrongNation.Moreimportantly,itintendstoigniteamoralandculturalrevolutiontofinallyfreeusfromtheclutchesofgreed,indolence,subservience,ignoranceandhelplessnessthathavebeeningrainedonourpsychethroughcenturiesofcolonialpersecution.TheNRPisastrategicpackageofpolicypropositions,whichfocusesonfivekeyresultareasofgovernance.Theseare:PeaceandOrder,Economy,Poverty,Population,andCorruption.
PEACEandORDER
Thepeaceandorderproblemisthemainstumblingblocktoourcountry'sprogress.Wecannotdevelopasanationaslongaslawlessnessisprevalentinoursociety.Economicgains,ifany,willbenegatedanddomestic/foreigninvestmentsandtouristswillbediscouragedtocomein.Worse,theatmosphereofcrimeandterrorhaspreventedourcitizensfromenjoyingtheblessingsoffreedomanddemocracy.Toaddresstheproblemmoreeffectively,PeaceandOrderisdissectedintofiveareasofconcernnamely:foreignaggression,terrorism,criminality,insurgency,andsecessionism.Eachareaiscompletelydiversewiththeotherand,therefore,eachrequiresauniquestrategyforitsresolution.A.DiplomaticsolutionstodealwithForeignAggressionThecontestedclaimsforSabah,SpratlyIslandGroupandtheScarboroughShoalsare,atthemoment,thepotentialflashpoints,whichcouldtriggeraconflictwithothercountries.Ifever,thesewouldbesettleddiplomaticallybyinvokinginternationallaws.Asanaddedmeasure,bilateraltieswithconcernedcountrieswouldbestrengthened.Thiswouldbeamuchmorepeacefulandinexpensiveoptionthanengaginginanarmsrace.B.Warvs.TerrorismTerrorismisaglobalconcern.Wehaveseenitrearitsuglyheadmanytimesover,mercilesslykillinginnocentlivesintheguiseofpursuingfanaticalbeliefsorideology.ItmustbestoppedandtheresponsibilityforitsexterminationfallsnotonlyontheStatebutoneachmemberofsociety.Thiswouldbeachievedthroughvigilance,relentlessexchangeofinformation,andhighlyresponsivelawenforcementagencies.C.CampaignagainstCrimeCriminalityisamenacetosociety.Thepastdecadessawtherapidincreaseincrimeincidencethreateningbusiness,tourismand,moreimportantly,thenormallivesofordinaryFilipinos.Whileitistruethatpovertyisonerootcauseofcrime,manyrichandpowerfulpeoplealsocommitthesedastardlyacts.Eitherway,thereshouldbenothingtostoptheStatefromprotectingtheotherhelplessmembersofsocietyandapplyingjusticetothesecriminals.Toeffectivelydealwithcriminalityhowever,theotherlegsofthecriminaljusticesystemsuchaslawenforcement,prosecution,thejudiciary,andrehabilitation,wouldhavetobereformed.
 
Thefollowinganti-crimemeasureswouldbeundertaken:
 
ReformationofthePhilippineNationalPolice(tobediscussedbelow).Thiswouldensurethatourlawswouldbestrictlyandproperlyenforced.
 
Conductofentrapmentoperationsdirectedtocorruptprosecutors/membersoftheJudiciary
 
CleansingoftheJudiciary.TheSupremeCourtwouldbeurgedtocleansetheirranksofhoodlumsinrobes.Allpendingcasesduefordecisionshouldberesolvedwithinsixmonthsotherwisetheywouldfaceimpeachment(i.e.culpableviolationofSec.16ofArtIIIoftheConstitution)ordirectousterbythepeople.Thepeoplehave‘legitimately’donethistoanelectedPresidentbefore.Thus,followingthislineitcouldalsobelegitimatelydonetotheSupremeCourt.TheJudiciaryisjustasresponsibleforthepresentmessinourcriminaljusticesystemastheothers.
 
ReformationoftheBureauofJailManagementandPenology.Anyincidenceofprisonerescapewouldmeanoutrightrelief/dischargeforthejailwardenandotherresponsiblepersonnel.TheBJMPfacilitieswouldalsobeimprovedtoenhancetherehabilitationprocessforprisoners.
 
Filingofananti-crimebillthatwould,amongothers,establishaNationalIdentificationSystem
 
Promotionofvigilanceinsociety*Itshouldbestressedthatinaddressingcriminality,HUMANRIGHTSWOULDBERESPECTEDATALLTIMES.
D.EndingtheInsurgencyTheCPP-NPAinsurgencyhasbeenaroundformorethan30years.However,theendoftheColdWarinthe‘90shadeffectivelyremovedtheideologicalcausesforitsarmedstruggle.Still,itsdemandsforsocialequityandsocialjusticearevalidcausesthatshouldbedealtwithsquarelybytheState.Toendtheinsurgency,thefollowingactivitieswouldbeundertaken:
 
Reopeningofpeacetalkswithlocalcommunistleaders.Thiswoulddirectlytacklethedemandsoflocalinsurgentssothatregionalpeacecouldbeachievedimmediately.
 
Ruralinfrastructuredevelopment.Theconstructionofroads,schoolbuildings,healthcarefacilities,andmasshousinginfar-flungbarangayscanpromotesocialequity.
 
Deliveryofbasicsocialservices.MedicalandDentalmissions,socio-civicoperationsandMinimumBasicNeeds(MBN)activitieswouldbeconductedinfar-flungbarangaysincludingNPAmassbases.
 
Agriculturalmodernization.Ruralemploymentandeconomicgrowthwoulddiscouragetheruralfolkfromjoiningtheinsurgency.
 
Agrarianreform.Thiswouldgreatlyaddresstheproblemofsocialinequity.
 
EstablishmentoftheBarangayIntelligenceNetwork.ThiswouldenabletheNationalGovernment(NG)tobeabreastoftheprevailingsocial,economicandsecurityconditionsinallbarangaysnationwide.E.LastingPeaceinMindanaoThehandlingofMuslimsecessionistgroupsismuchmorecomplicatedconsideringthatithashistorical,religious,social,economic,cultural,politicalandmilitarydimensions.Therefore,thestrategytobeemployedwouldlikewiserequireamulti-dimensionalapproach.Onthehistoricalandreligiousfacetsoftheproblem,theMuslimsandChristianswouldbemadetounderstandthattheyareequallyessentialpartsofacompositeNationalIdentitythatisFilipino.WeareallFilipinosandtofightthisrealityisfutile,andwouldonlybringmorebloodshedthanitalreadyhas.Allofuscouldbeconsideredvictimsofhistoryandwecouldargueandfighttothedeathanditwouldstillnotchangeourpresentpredicaments.Thebestthingtodonowisresolveourdifferencessothatwecouldjointlymoveforwardtowardaprogressivefutureforthesucceedinggenerations.Thesocial,economic,culturalandpoliticaldimensionsoftheproblemwouldbeaddressedthroughatrulyautonomousgovernmentforeachmajorMuslimgroup(e.g.Tausugs,Maranaos,
 
Maguindanaons,etc.).ThefailureofthepresentARMMisbutamanifestationofhowthediverseMuslimgroupswerecompletelymisunderstood.Finally,thosewhoinsistonpursuingsecessionthrougharmswouldleavetheStatenootherchoicebuttodealwiththemmilitarily.TheAbuSayyafgroup,ontheotherhand,isconsideredaterroristgroupandtherefore,wouldhavetobeexterminated.ThefollowingactivitieswouldbeundertakentofinallybringlastingpeaceinMindanao:
 
ReopeningofpeacetalkswithMILFandotherMuslimsecessionistgroups
 
EstablishmentofAutonomousMuslimRegionsforeachmajorMuslimgroupaccompaniedbyaviable"mini-MarshallPlan"foreach.ThiswouldfinallyalloweachMuslimGrouptocompletelygovernthemselvesfreefromanysocio-culturaloppression.
 
ThefilingofabillcallingfortheinstitutionofaNationalIdentitytofosterunityamongallFilipinosregardlessofsocialstatus,religion,ideologyandculture
 
Ruralinfrastructuredevelopment.Theconstructionofroads,schoolbuildings,healthcarefacilitiesandmasshousinginfar-flungMuslimbarangaystopromotesocialequity.TheAFPEngineeringBrigadescouldbeusedforthispurpose.F.ReformationoftheAFP/PNPAkeyelementintheresolutionoftheaboveconcernsisthereformationoftwomajororganizationsprimarilyresponsiblefortheupkeepofpeaceandordernamely:theArmedForcesofthePhilippines(AFP)andthePhilippineNationalPolice(PNP).Bothinstitutionshavebeenbadlydamagedandplunderedbytheirtreacherouslycorruptandpower-drivenseniorofficers.WhiletheremaystillbeafewmorallyuprightgeneralsleftintheAFP/PNPnonetheless,theyhavebecomesoinsignificantandimpotentthattheynevermadeanydifference.Forustohaveanychanceatrestoringpeaceandorder,theseinstitutionsmustbereformed,cleansedandrestructured.IntheAFP,thefundsformodernization,intelligence,operationsandmaintenancewereblatantlyandmethodicallyrealignedstraighttothegenerals’pocketsandlavishhouses.Alltheseweredonewhiletheirmenonthefield,thelowlysoldiersonfootpatrolwearingdilapidateduniformsandusingantiquatedweapons,wereriskingtheirlivesfiercelyfightingformilitaryvictories,forwhichthesesamegeneralsunashamedlytookcredit.Thesesoldiersdonotevenhavetheirownhousestocomehometo,asmostofthemaresquattersinsidemilitarycamps.Totopitall,eventheirretirementpaywasnotsparedastheRSBSwasagainpillagedbythesamemilitaryleaders.ThesituationinthePNP,aseveryonewouldagree,ismuchworse.Wehavepolicemenengaginginmurder,kidnap-for-ransom,robbery,drugtrafficking,extortion,briberyandillegalgambling.Inshort,theveryinstitutionthatwassupposedtoprotectthewelfareofthepeopleisthesameinstitutionterrorizingthem.ToreformtheAFP/PNP,thefollowingactivitieswouldbeundertaken:
1.
 
OnProfessionalization
 
AllofficerswiththerankofBrigadierGeneral/Commodore/ChiefSuperintendentandupwouldhavetoberetire.Shouldtheyrefuse,theywouldbeplacedonfloatingstatus.Thiswouldgiveanewfacetotheseorganizations–thefaceofreform.MeritocracywouldhenceforthbethesolebasisfortheselectionofthenewAFP/PNPleaders.
 
ThetenureofMajorCommanderswouldbefixed.Therapidturnoverofofficersoccupyingsensitivepositionshasresultedintheabsenceofinstitutionalreforms.Theseniorofficersoftentreattheirpresentassignmentsasmeresteppingstonesfortheirnexthigherassignment.ThetenureofeveryChiefofStaffwouldbefixedatthreeyears.Thiswouldensurethatreformscouldbeimplementedandinstitutionalized.However,anincumbentChiefofStaffmayberelievedunceremoniouslybytheCommander-in-Chiefforcorruption,incompetence,negligenceandotheroffenses.Thefollowingwouldbethefixedtermsof

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