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NICANOR PERLAS PLATFORM

SIX PILLARS

My platform has six pillars. The first deals with eradicating the massive poverty,
inequitable growth, lawlessness, and conflicts that plague our country. Our first
pillar aims to Eradicate Poverty and Enhance Quality of Life for all, through,
among others, a vibrant broad-based economy, social justice and peace.

The second addresses the pervasive corruption that is tearing the social fabric of
the nation and rupturing the hearts and minds of Filipinos. Our second pillar
therefore seeks to Advance Moral and Effective Governance in all institutions
of society and all situations in life.

The third concerns itself with stopping the massive destruction of our ecology
and our environment. Our third pillar seeks to Uphold the Integrity of Creation
and respectfully partner with it as our source of life.

Our fourth pillar seeks to Build Partnerships for Social Justice. We want to
introduce a new approach to real participatory governance and authentic
democracy. No one can solve the problems of the country alone… tayong lahat
ang kailangan upang mabago ang ating bansa. This means government working
together with civil society and business in the pursuit of social justice and
creating a better country.

The fifth pillar strives to Promote Creative Education and Inner Change. Better
schools, colleges and universities, drawing out the many talents, intelligences,
and potentials of students, are crucial. Equally as important is self-directed
education and transformation. At the end of the day, it’s important to also
address the factor of inner change—taking responsibility for changing our hearts
and minds. No one can do our inner work for us. And there can be no genuine
change in a system or institution if the people who work there do not change.
Depressed, apathetic, and poorly trained people cannot create visionary and
high-performance organizations, much less a world-inspiring country. Individual
and cultural transformation are the foundations of the other pillars.

And then finally, the sixth pillar of the platform aims to Mainstream Visionary
Initiatives. There are thousands of promising initiatives throughout the country in
a wide variety of fields that already point the way forward to another, much better
Philippines. We will reward innovation. We will systematically discover, magnify
and multiply these existing success stories.

This platform with its six pillars recognizes that everything is interconnected and
requires a multidisciplinary approach. Ang lahat ng bagay ay magkaugnay.
Reducing poverty, for example, is not simply about appropriate government
policies that strengthen the economy, creates jobs and minimizes the adverse
aspects of globalization. Poverty reduction also requires significant advances in
peace, culture, including education, health care, sanitation, clean water, housing,
micro-finance, nutrition and of course, agriculture and asset reform among
others.

We are talking about a practical platform of sustainability that recognizes all of


these connections. We cannot transform the system if the system is plagued with
corruption. But you cannot get rid of corruption if you don’t involve the citizenry in
changing behavior. And you cannot change if there’s no inner change.
Everything is interrelated and systemic.

POLICIES AND PROGRAMS

Eradicate Poverty and Enhance Quality of Life

Jobs and the Economy

Provide meaningful self and/or work employment for the economically poor as
outlined in the various policies and programs that follow below.

Increases government resources for the sustainable modernization of agriculture


and fisheries and place priority on agricultural policies and programs that will
eradicate poverty.

Accelerate the passage of a comprehensive land use for the


country.
Speed up the implementation of the Agrarian Reform Program on
private lands.
Provide, on a priority basis, agriculture-related support services to
Agrarian Reform Communities including, but not limited to, new
technologies, roads, credit, post-harvest facilities, and access to
broadband Internet services.
Irrigate all rice lands using both large-scale irrigation infrastructure
and artesian wells for small farms.
Provide branding, packaging, and marketing services to farmers
and fisherfolks to enhance their market penetration.
Remove local monopolies and oligopolies that suppress the prices
of farm and fishery products and which extract usurious lending rates from
the poor.
Design, together with microfinance NGOs and banks, an
agriculture-oriented micro-finance program that would receive the
appropriate financial, technical, and guarantee support from the
government.
Move towards strategic micro-finance where individual micro
enterprises (in both rural and urban areas) are interlinked vertically and
horizontally into new enterprise networks of larger value added on the
basis of mutual solidarity and benefit.
Build upon existing micro-finance initiatives and set up new micro
or small industries based on strategic partnerships between academic
institutions (which have pro-poor mature technologies that harness local
resources), socially responsible businesses (which have the capability to
move mature technologies from the lab to the market place), government
institutions (which can provide the necessary supportive policies and
incentives) and NGOs (which can ensure the social and ecologically
acceptability of the new micro-industries).
Implement special adult education programs for the rural and urban
poor that would improve their knowledge, creativity, planning, and
entrepreneurial and management skills.
(See also policies and programs in the section below on advancing
the Integrity of Creation.)
Create macro-economic conditions conducive to the appropriate broad-based
and inclusive growth and development of the Philippine economy.

Renegotiate Philippine commitments in the World Trade


Organization and other regional and global trade venues that are anti-
poor.
Put in place the necessary physical, institutional, and social
infrastructure that would encourage both domestic and foreign investment
in the country. (See policies and programs below.)
Remove distortions arising from market failures including learning,
information, and coordination externalities.
Diversify the manufacturing and industrial base of the economy by
encouraging the entry of new kinds of businesses using innovative
technologies that would increase the value-added of enterprises as well as
utilize the vast untapped local resources of the country. (See related
discussion above on strategic micro-finance and strategic partnerships for
new micro and small industries.)
Implement new approaches to strategic industry diversification and
support including: a) provision of public support and incentives only for
specific projects, not entire industrial sectors; b) identification of projects
that are new not only to the domestic economy and/or new in terms of
technological process used; c) assurance that these specific projects
enhance local research and development as well as lead to actual
productivity enhancement; and d) stipulation that the government support
provided will have a termination period and will not be abused.
Ensure that the government implementers of this new industrial
policy will be not be corrupted and that outside stakeholders, including
appropriate civil society partners, are involved in the monitoring and
assessment of the implementation of these new industrial policies.
Set up a national multi-department task force for identifying,
assessing, incubating, and mainstreaming promising Philippine-based
technological breakthroughs that would enhance the total factor
productivity of the economy.
Improve the access of small and medium enterprises to low cost
credit and guarantees.
Address other non-economic factors that impact efforts in poverty reduction and
the enhancement of the quality of life for all as provided for in the policies and
programs below.

Social Justice, Peace and Order

Improve social justice, peace and order.


Renegotiate the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain
(MOA AD) with special provisions, among others, for adequate
consultation on both Muslim and Christian sides and for clearly defining
the relationship between the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) and
ARMM and BJE and the national government.
Advance Muslim concerns including, among others, the expansion
of the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) to other regions and provinces with
large Muslim populations; the appointment of non-political or neutral OMA
executives and officials; the hiring of more Muslim staff in Muslim-
dedicated government offices including OMA; the expedited flow of
Muslim Official Development Assistance (ODA); and the availability of
“hallal” slaughterhouses in cities and towns with large Muslim populations.
Reopen negotiations with NDF/NPA communist rebels.
Ensure that all peace negotiations with Muslim and NDF/NPA
combatants are anchored on the government’s demonstrated political will
towards reforming the structural roots of conflict and the pursuit of social
justice, including the equitable delivery of government social services,
infrastructure, and business incentives.
Ensure the meaningful and organized participation of indigenous
peoples and communities in all matters of governance affecting their
interest and future.
Strengthen the capacity and resources of the council for indigenous
people and neutralize the heavy interference of traditional politicians in
this council.
Remove the high-level military and police support for criminal
activities and drug trade and clean both the military and police from
corrupt elements. (See program details in the Moral and Effective
Governance section below.)
Expedite the removal from public service of rogue military and
police officers and personnel.
Reinstate, to full position and honors, any military or police officer
unjustly placed in detention or removed from public office.
Professionalize the military and police forces by means of adequate
incentive systems that reward moral and exemplary conduct and punish
violations of law and order.
Provide adequate comprehensive support to civil society efforts
towards a holistic and comprehensive approach to peace.
Implement and reinforce zoning laws and regulations.
Clean and Responsible Fiscal Management

Improve Fiscal Position of Government and the allocations in the National Budget
to attract both domestic and foreign investments, thereby offering more
employment opportunities for the poor and ensuring adequate funding for social
services and lesser tax burden for the poor.

Stop, beginning with the first 100 days and beyond, the
hemorrhage of the national budget due to corruption. Involve anti-
corruption focused civil society and business groups in cleaning up the
most corrupt government agencies, including but not limited to the Bureau
of Customs, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Public
Works and Highways, the Department of Education, the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources, the Armed Forces of the Philippines,
the Philippine National Police, and others. (See also section on Moral and
Effective Governance)
Advocate for the removal of pork barrel from the national budget to
ensure that tax pesos are used, not to promote transactional politics that
worsen the condition of the poor, but to eradicate poverty.
Demonstrate political will in stopping the misuse of government
funds as efforts are made to improve tax collection and make it more
equitable.
Involve civil society and business corruption watch groups in
procurements and bids of government projects.
Increase the economic efficiency of government corporations
(example National Food Authority) so that these do not drain the national
budget.
Improve the transparency, accountability and transparency of tax
collection, expenditures and management
Assess and improve the effectiveness of performance-based
incentive schemes for greater tax collections, for example, the Lateral
Attrition Law and
Assess and improve the effectiveness of programs for improving
tax collections, for example, RATES (Run After Tax Evaders)
Introduce new performance-based incentive packages and better
tax collection programs
Make the tax rate structure friendly to the poor.
Improve tax collections from medium and large corporations and
from “sin taxes” by closing legal loopholes and stopping “creative”
accounting.
Infrastructure Development

Intensify infrastructure development especially in the poorest regions of the


country.

Increase the per capita road length, the road length per area and
the presence of bridges especially in economically depressed areas that
badly need roads and bridges to increase the agricultural productivity of
lower income groups.
Increase the budgetary allocation for critical infrastructure as a
percentage of total GDP.
Create a favorable environment for socially responsible and
ecologically sound Build-Operate-Transfer (BOP) projects especially in
poorer regions, provinces, municipalities, and barangays.
Improve and maintain existing critical roads and bridges using the
Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge as appropriate.
Ensure that toll rate increases are necessary and are done
transparently and equitably.
Install, in consultation with civil society and business, toll rates that
lower the burden for mass transport and delivery vehicles for the poor and
that such transport savings incurred are reflected in the lower price for
transportation and food items and higher net margins for agricultural
producers.
Make transparency, accountability, eradication of corruption, and
greater institutional capacity as preconditions for greater national
government subsidies and increased official development assistance
(ODA) in the road building projects of local government units (LGUs).
Make LGU commitments to the UN Millennium Development Goals
a precondition for national government infrastructure subsidies.
Upgrade the quality and capacity of the nautical highway system.
Decongest the transport system within Metro Manila by improving
the quality and quantity of infrastructure and manufacturing projects in
surrounding provinces and regions.
(For energy and electricity infrastructure, see the section, Integrity
of Creation, on green energy.)
Social Services

Improve the financial allocation for and the targeting, delivery and impact
monitoring of comprehensive and holistic social services for the disadvantaged
and poorer sectors of Philippine society.

Depoliticize the selection of basic sector representatives in the


National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), increase its membership to
include representatives from business, and professionalize the operations
of NAPC.
Identify the top 100 secondary educational institutions of the
country, provide support for their innovative practices, document and
disseminate their creative educational practices, and enter into
partnerships with them as hubs of educational excellence.
Do an in-depth study, involving all stakeholders, as basis for the
gradual transfer educational services to the cultural non-profit sector of
society especially in partnership with the community.
Create the policy environment for strengthening the role of private
education in all levels of the school system.
Increase the usage of educational vouchers to widen the choices of
parents. Increase focus beyond just quantity of education services to
quality of education services including more holistic educational
approaches that develop multi-talented, creative, critical-thinking, socially-
oriented students and citizens. (For other educational initiatives, see
section below on Holistic Education and Inner Change.)
Install a nationwide health insurance system, in cooperation with
business and civil society, that allows the poor, with a minimal and easily
payable premium fee, access to preventive medical approaches as well as
primary, secondary, and tertiary medical treatment.
Task the Department of Health to install a nationwide system of
holistic and preventive approaches to medicine.
Bundle health and nutrition services with educational objectives
where appropriate; e.g. breakfast feeding and basic gardening programs
in school.
Conduct a massive skills-oriented awareness campaign on
sanitation, nutrition, and environmental health to lay the foundations of
preventive approaches to health.
Mobilize development partnerships with indigenous well-drillers,
water system engineers, socially responsible businesses, and community
organizers from civil society to ensure that every community or family has
access to clean sources of water.
Partner with civil society and business to provide a holistic
approach to meeting the housing needs of economically poor families.
Encourage government, business, and peoples organization
partnership to transform urban squalor into well-managed and vibrant
housing communities for the urban poor.
Encourage all barangay councils to convene tri-sectoral
consultations with political, business, and civil society leaders/individuals
to define their top 6 priority needs/projects for their community. The new
government will meet all these needs within its 6-year term with priority
financial allocation and technical support given to the poorest communities
in the country.
Rank LGUs in terms of authentic development accomplishments as
the basis for designing and delivering incentive programs including cost-
sharing and counterpart grant mechanisms for use in infrastructure and
other projects.
Provide strategic investment, trading and human capital formation
relationships between growth cities/towns and economically depressed
municipalities and barangays.
Refine and continue the practice of conditional cash transfers as
appropriate but improve the targeting and monitoring mechanisms to
ensure optimal support for the poor.
Revitalize disaster response planning in vulnerable areas of the
country especially with the acceleration of climate-change related erratic
weather patterns, super typhoons, and the increasing possible of
increasing sea levels.
Consumer Protection

Promote the rights of consumers to healthy food and safe products.

Ensure that the mandatory labeling laws for food are followed.
Remove food products that use deceptive or vague labeling, e.g.
“nature-identical” ingredients
Re-examine the present policy on genetically engineered food
products.
Upgrade the capabilities and systems of government regulatory
agencies to detect harmful or potentially harmful elements in food
products including pesticide residues, presence of genetically engineered
segments, radioactive isotopes, and others.
Improve the capabilities of the consumer protection unit of the
Department of Trade and Industry to respond to consumer complaints
about food and other products.
Sustainable Population

Promote and advance the goal of sustainable population.

Anchor the thrust of achieving sustainable population levels in the


pursuit of poverty eradication and enhanced quality of life for all.
Experience from other countries show that population stabilizes once a
country achieves equitable economic, political, and cultural development.
Advocate for a balanced approach to the reproductive health bill,
balancing the right to life and importance of responsibility vis a vis the right
to free choice. Anchor deliberations and debates on scientific conceptions
evolutionary biology and embryology. Responsible education is crucial in
all phases and stages of reproductive health. The Marangal na
Sambayanan is against abortion of fetuses 19 days in age and older.
Advance Moral and Effective Governance

Eradicate Corruption.

Remove corruption in all other government agencies within the first


year of office of a new government under the leadership of the Party.
Promote a culture of zero tolerance for corruption in all government
agencies.
Identify the best (top 100) anti-corruption initiatives and reward
these independent efforts with financial and other forms of support as well
as mainstream their innovative approaches for others to follow.
Make all government budgets, projects, and expenditures, including
the Office of the President, public by prominently displaying this
information in the website of all government institutions.
Open up all government agencies to anti-corruption partnerships
with civil society, business and the general public especially in corruption-
prone activities including permits, procurement, fees, certificates, and
others.
Conduct massive public education, including the placement of
appropriate posters in highly visible locations in government offices,
regarding the salient provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act
especially its provisions on expedited action on public service.
Create, together with business and civil society, well-defined
implementing rules, regulations, and procedures for honest transactions
with government including the loss of benefits and retirement plans for
public officials guilty of graft and corruption.
File administrative and criminal cases on erring public servants and
private individuals engaged in graft and corruption.
Fire all government employees engaged in graft and corruption and
link their
Ensure that the legal and judicial system reinforces the political will
of the executive branch to wipe out corruption.
Stop the practice of placing honest civil servants in the “freezer” for
refusing to be party to systemic corruption in the institution.
Strengthen the ability of the Civil Service Commission to insulate
public servants from political intervention and to protect qualified and
honest public servants from political harassment.
Reward, generously, those who uphold integrity and decency in
public offices beyond the call of duty.
Examine the compensation and incentive structure of all
government agencies and link these to exemplary performance and
integrity.
Clean up the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission and open its
membership to civil society and business leaders of known integrity.
Create a program in government TV and radio dedicated, 24/7, to
the topic of eradicating corruption including highlighting the stories of
government officials and agencies, LGUs, civil society organizations,
businesses, and individuals who have successfully stopped corruption.
Create a 24/7 hotline dedicated to addressing citizens’ complaints
regarding any form of corruption in any institution, ensuring an immediate
response to these complaints, and reporting to the general public on what
action has been taken to stop cases of alleged or actual corruption.
Encourage journalists in tri-media, including bloggers in the
Internet, to report cases of corruption or stories of successful struggles
against corruption.
Ensure that anti-corruption initiatives converge with policies and
programs aimed at eradicating poverty and enhancing the quality of life for
all.
(See related initiatives in the section below on normal intelligence
under the Holistic Education and Inner Change.)
Improve Political Stability

Advocate for the passage of a stronger and more sweeping anti-


dynasty law that would open the political system to men and women of
integrity, competence, and vision.
Appoint men and women of proven integrity in the Commission on
Elections.
Respect the independence of constitutional bodies while, at the
same time, encouraging these bodies to be pro-active in all aspects
connected with GINHAWA, integral sustainable development.
Support a change in the Constitution through the right means
(constitutional convention, not constitutional assembly or Con-ass), the
right time (sometime after the 2010 elections) and for the right reasons
(not term extension nor dubious attempts to sell out the patrimony of the
Philippines).
Uphold the Integrity of Creation

Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries

Re-organize the Agricultural and Fisheries Councils (AFCs) at all


levels (national, provincial and municipal) to advance sustainable
agriculture and fisheries (SAF).
Mandate NAFC of the Department of Agriculture to conduct tri-
sectoral or threefolding provincial and municipal-based consultations as a
basis for developing a framework and blueprint for mainstreaming SAF all
over the country.
Identify, with the help of AFCs and other partners, successful SAF
initiatives in their respective areas of responsibilities,
Provide adequate research, technical, training, financial, and social
capital formation support for SAF programs and initiatives.
Provide financial and other incentives for universities and colleges
pursuing SAF especially in the area of ecological pest management and
self-contained nutrient recycling systems.
Develop SAF partnerships with donor communities interesting in
the greening of Philippine agriculture and fisheries.
Enhance the forest reserves and cover of the country while providing adequate
livelihood for forest-based communities.

Permanently stop logging in all remaining primary forests.


Allow logging only under conditions of sustainable forestry
practices.
Accelerate the adoption of assisted natural regeneration (ANR) and
the use of indigenous forest species in social forestry programs.
Develop fruit-based, no-tillage agro-forest systems in the uplands.
Increase the social and ecological performance of the mining industry

Support the passage of the Alternative Mining Act as promoted by


progressive legislators.
Regulate mining operations to make sure that they do not
permanently damage the environment, harm human health, and fragment
communities.
Ensure compliance of the mining industry with the provisions for
obtaining an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), especially the
requirement of social acceptability.
Broaden the ownership-base of the mining industry to include
substantial partnerships with affected communities and their citizens.
Give priority to small-scale, community-owned mining operations
that are ecological sound and socially responsible.
Instruct the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to
desist from issuing mining claims in watershed and ancestral domain
areas.
Promote the expansion of culturally sensitive ecological tourism.

Identify, using broad-based consultations, the top 20 additional


most promising eco-cultural sites in the country especially those with
breath-taking natural features and dramatic historical events important for
the promotion of sterling Filipino values.
Pour infrastructure and promotional resources to develop these
additional
Discourage, through regulation, eco-tourism activities that have
either commodified a culture or degenerated into a cover for morally
questionable activities including prostitution and drug use.
Improve air quality of major human settlements in the country.

Remove all smoke belching vehicles in Metro Manila within the first
1o0 days of a MASAP government.
Remove all smoke belching vehicles in all major cities of the
country within the first 6 months of a MASAP government.
Work with transport sector to install fuel-efficient engines by
providing, among others, technical and seed financial support.
Provide incentives for the exploration of transport vehicles based
on hydrogen fuels.

Develop incentives for the installation of mass transport systems.


Install dedicated human-powered bike lanes in major cities.
Ensure that the no-smoking ban in public places is strictly enforced.
Improve management, quality and sustainability of the country’s water resources.

Conduct, in partnership with the appropriate civil society and


business partners, a global conference on the scientific and cultural
significance of water resources and their implications for better water
quality and supply.
Assess the extent of fresh water intrusion in the aquifers of coastal
cities and towns.
Remove all human activity that hasten the dying of lakes including
fishing pens in Laguna de Bay and Taal Lake.
Ensure the integrity of the country’s watersheds by, among others,
preventing illegal logging, mining, and real estate development.
Accelerate the adoption of zero waste management.

Restructure the whole garbage disposal system to enable


segregation at source, composting of organic wastes, recycling of non-
biodegradable waste, and proper disposal of toxic medical wastes.
Establish strategic partnerships with civil society and business in
design, implementing, monitoring, and managing the solid waste of the
nation.
Highlight and reward cities and towns that have exemplary solid
waste management systems.
Ban the use of specific plastics that tend to, among others, clog up
the drainage system of cities and towns.
Stop noise pollution

Define, using threefolding consultation processes and existing laws,


appropriate occasion and hours for public music (karaokes, giant sound
systems, etc.).
Ensure total compliance with enacted Executive Orders and/or
provincial, city, and municipal ordinances that have a bearing on mitigating
or stopping noise pollution.
Develop a strategic response to the challenge of global climate change.
Advance irrigated sustainable agriculture to mitigate against
unpredictable weather patterns.
Upgrade the scientific and technological capability of PAGASA to
monitor and warn against impending super typhoons.
Delineate the topographic contours and coastlines that will be
inundated in the event of rising sea levels.
Plan, several years in advance, disaster response initiatives against
rising sea levels.
Ensure that the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change
involves all key stakeholders and has constant access to the latest global
scientific consensus on the impacts of climate change, especially rising
sea level estimates.
Advocate new legislation, or even changes in the Constitution, in
the area of area governance to enable LGUs to coordinate and converge
efforts in address potential long-term disasters arising from climate
change.
Promote the rapid use of consumer-saving, green technologies in the energy
sector.

Create the legal, policy and financial environment to deploy the


“smart grid” concept that would enable households and buildings to
become net energy producers and income earners.
Re-negotiate the contracts with Independent Power Producers
(IPP) to reduce the cost of electricity for millions of Filipinos.
Ensure transparency and accountability for all energy producers
and distributors.
Accelerate the development of indigenous sources of energy
especially environmentally-sound geothermal, solar, wind, hydro and tidal
energies.
Launch a massive research and development effort on hydrogen
fuels.
Promote the use of high cellulose biofuels instead of relying on
food-based biofuels like sugarcane
Dismantle the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant which is
highly defective and cannot be fixed. Use the facility as an eco-tourist
center for green energy, history, and as a monument to the folly of
corruption.
Build Partnerships for Social Justice

Mainstream societal threefolding partnerships in ALL the policies and programs


of ALL pillars of the platform of the Party.

Embed threefolding partnerships for social justice at the national,


regional, provincial, city/town, and barangay levels.
Involve civil society, business, and other appropriate government
agencies in the planning, execution, monitoring, and management of
consultations, policy formulation, program design and implementation, and
evaluation activities.
Update, with business and civil society partners, the country’s
Philippine Agenda 21 (PA21) and its framework for implementation, the
Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD).
Contextualize and embed all government policies and programs,
including the Medium Term Development Plan of the Philippines, within
the framework of PA21 and SIAD. Both emphasize, among others,
mobilizing partnerships for social justice.
Strengthen the strategic role of civil society in Philippine and global affairs.

Provide substantive no-strings-attached financial and other


appropriate support for building the infrastructure of civil society networks
and meta-networks at the municipal, provincial, regional, and national
levels. Civil society organizations (CSOs) build ecological, human,
cultural, and societal capital that benefit governments and businesses.
These valuable contributions need to be supported because CSOs are
non-profit by nature.
Create an Office for Civil Society to help facilitate the massive
mobilization and involvement of civil society movements, networks, and
organizations at all levels of governance throughout the country.
Encourage, based on existing sector focus, the formation of CSO
clusters/networks around each national government agency. These
agency-specific CSO networks will become the respective partners of the
different agencies of government.
Channel appropriate segments of Official Development Assistance
(ODA) to the strengthening of civil society meta-networks and networks,
and CSO participation in governance, and the implementation of
innovative programs and projects.
Support efforts of civil society to create sector and area-based trust
funds to ensure their financial sustainability; balance this support with the
appropriate regulatory provisions to ensure that these trust funds will be
used for the common good.
Mainstream innovative CSO programs and projects as official
national government policies and programs.
Provide counterpart funding for CSO participation in strategic global
conferences, with the proviso that such supported CSO participation
necessitates the formal sharing of results of and experiences in these
global conferences.
Issue an Executive Order instructing local government units to
create culture and arts councils predominantly involving local artist
practitioners and cultural workers.
Transfer NCCA governance, while maintaining government
oversight, over to civil society especially, but not exclusively, competent
cultural workers and artists.
For government initiatives appropriate to business concerns, see both the
policies and programs on macro-economics and governance above.

Promote Holistic Education and Inner Change

Host a series of at least 10 global conferences on state-of-the-art


frameworks and best practices on multiple-intelligent education, life-long
learning, environmental education, appreciative approaches to strategic
planning, organizational/societal learning and Theory U, scientific
evolutionary spirituality, societal creativity, Lemniscate Approach, and
other topics of importance to holistic education and inner change.
Mainstream learning from these global conferences into the various
government, private, and civil society initiatives in education.
Advance multiple-intelligent education (especially existential, moral,
and spiritual intelligence) in public education and encourage all non-
government schools and institutional training and human development
programs to do the same. (See also discussion above on human
development in the dimensions and principles of integral sustainable
development.
Encourage historically relevant and morally uplifting fiestas.
Encourage mass media to highlight good news, exemplary
initiatives, moral courage against corruption, livelihoods that life people out
of poverty, environmental conservation, and other topics that help create a
culture conducive to GINHAWA or integral sustainable development.
Encourage religious groups to highlight the importance of social
engaged spirituality in creating a better country.
Upgrade the scientific and technological education and training
standards of the country to ensure that the necessary human capacities
will be there to support the macro and micro-economic policies and
programs envisioned in the section on Eradication of Poverty and
Enhanced Quality of Life.
Encourage the pursuit of higher education in holistic science,
appropriate technology and environmentally sound engineering subjects to
provide the human capital necessary to mainstream the green
technologies and businesses envisioned in the Party’s anti-poverty and
quality of life platform.
Restore primary and secondary education back to 12 years.
Mainstream Visionary Initiatives

Mobilize exemplary and visionary initiatives to support the integral sustainable


development of the Philippines.

Identify, on the basis of the priorities/pillars of the Party’s Platform,


exemplary strategic prototypes and best practices, whether by
government, business, or civil society, at different levels of governance
throughout the country. This would include best practices in ending
poverty, sustainable agriculture, eradicating corruption, environmental
restoration, creative education, zero waste, and so on.
Stimulate the organization of all these initiatives into clusters of
similar initiatives at the provincial, regional, and national levels.
Organize these clusters into one national meta-network of
promising initiatives that inspire and learn from each other and aspire to
share their experiences to society at large.
Provide mainstreaming support for the most vibrant and promising
of these initiatives in line with the priorities of the Party Platform.
Involve these clusters and networks in the formation of local and
national government policies and programs.
Provide priority financial and other appropriate support for
programs and projects identified in partnership with these visionary initiatives.