Note: there are three documents which constitute the Roxas-Robredo Platform – the first is the General Summary (embodied by this entry), the second is the Comprehensive Policy Document, and the third are Annexes relating to: (a) Addressing National Concerns; (b) the Development Agenda; and (c) the Legislative Agenda.
Our Commitment to the Filipino Family
“Ang Panata sa Pamilyang Pilipino”
In 2010, the Filipino people gave a mandate to Daang Matuwid: rejecting the corruption, cynicism, and lost opportunities of the past, and instituting a government that would pursue inclusive growth with honesty, accountability, and transparency as its core principles.
Daang Matuwid has lifted over 7.7 million Filipinos out of poverty; brought development to Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, bringing infrastructure and opportunities to places that have been waiting for generations; filled the backlogs of the past and put in place education, health, and fiscal policies that are making the Filipinos of today healthier, more educated, and more competitive, than ever before. Justice has been re-established in society, with high-ranking corrupt officials languishing in jail.
Now that we have proven that we can dare to dream, and our dreams are beginning to be fulfilled, our next task is to not only maintain the gains we have achieved, but expand and speed up reforms, so that our country will achieve First World status in three decades.
An increasingly complicated and interconnected world demands true, selfless leadership for the Filipino people, the kind that puts country above self. Sina Mar at si Leni, tumototoo sa kanilang panata; ang estilo ng trabaho nila:
Hindi bara-bara – a systematic approach to governance.
Hindi patsamba – strategies and plans based on accurate data and facts.
Hindi pakitang-tao – authentic, compassionate service to the Filipino people.
Our vision for the Filipino people is to have a country where:
- There is freedom from hunger. We will win this freedom by creating opportunities, jobs, and livelihood, which will enable our people to provide for their loved ones.
- There is freedom from fear. We will institute systems that address vulnerabilities: from disease, to crime, to disasters, and the need for shelter. Where there is security and stability, there will be the foundations for progress.
- There is freedom to dream. We will go beyond breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty; we will create an environment where parents can hope for, and guarantee a better future for their children.
This is our commitment to the Filipino family, and we will fulfill this by pursuing, sustaining, and accelerating reform in a number of priority sectors.
Sustained economic growth. Progress will be sustained through the revitalization of key sectors like manufacturing, which will create jobs for the Filipino people. In order to do this, we will develop and fully implement industry-specific resurgence roadmaps in conjunction with stakeholders. We will also address factors that will allow more businesses to come in: the high cost of power, and the lack of infrastructure, among others. Information technology will be utilized to streamline business registration and license systems at the local and national level.
High-quality jobs. To stimulate the creation of high-quality jobs, we will provide incentives to investors who engage in industries higher up the value chain, while ensuring that Filipinos have the necessary training and education to fill openings in these more complex industries.
Affordable, reliable power. We will revisit EPIRA and other laws in order to encourage greater competition in the energy market. Our goal is to diversify the energy mix, while ensuring that power is affordable, and that baseload capacity can meet the rising demands of a growing economy and a growing population.
Boost infrastructure. Our administration will sustain a high level of infrastructure development, without compromising the integrity and safety of projects. We will prioritize transport infrastructure to connect cities and regional growth hubs, industrial zones and tourism destinations. Traffic in Metro Manila will be addressed through the re-examination and reconfiguring of bus franchises, and the reform of the train system.
Maximize tourism potential. New tourism sites will be developed, while we continue the sustainable development of already-favored destinations. Participation of local communities in economic activity generated by tourism will be stimulated.
Revitalizing agriculture. We will ensure that owner-cultivatorship remains the foundation of agriculture and is more profitable and sustainable by encouraging clustering of farmers for effective access to support services and improved farm operations. Targeted infrastructure development in rural areas will be pursued: post-harvest facilities in every town and farm-to-market roads connecting agricultural centers to markets will be built to reduce wastage and maximize profit.
Universal Healthcare. We will intensify the pursuit of 100% PhilHealth membership. Birth certificates should be the sole basis for membership. We will establish health stations for every barangay, including women and child centers in isolated areas. We will likewise reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses together with drug prices, providing free maintenance medicine for the poor, as well as complete immunization from infancy to adolescence and for senior citizens.
Swift Justice. We will ensure the application of laws to establish order and prevent crime. Men and women of probity, competence, impartiality, and integrity shall be appointed to the 10 Supreme Court Justice positions that will be vacated under the next administration.
Systematic Crime Fighting. We will continue on the success of Oplan Lambat-Sibat, which has reduced the crime rate in Metro Manila by more than sixty percent, by establishing a national database that can provide data for programmatic and scientific crime prevention programs. This is part of a larger strategy to enable our uniformed services to effectively fulfill their duties.
Improve Resilience Against Climate Risk. We will undergo regular assessment and refinement of DRRM plans to respond to the changes in weather patterns, terrain, and local resources and needs. More space will also be created for community participation in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of local DRRM plans.
Shelter for All. We will reform and expand the housing finance system so that the poor and homeless are front and center in its agenda. Our plan also involves providing in-city or near-city high-rise housing for informal settlers, as well as utilities and connectivity to hubs of economic activity.
CCT Expansion. We will fine-tune and sustain the positive effects of the CCT, with the goal of finally breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Under our administration, we will institutionalize the CCT as a permanent measure, and expand the program to provide college scholarship grants to high school beneficiaries who graduate at the top of their class.
Nurturing those who nurture our youth. Our teachers must have the necessary competencies and must be extended the vital support of the State. We aim to build the capacity of our teachers through training and performance assessments, as we continue to pursue reform in education.
Meeting educational requirements. We will continue to strengthen programs that bolster our educational infrastructure, and ensure the sufficiency of basic inputs such as textbooks and school seats. This goes hand in hand with our other, sustained efforts to raise the quality of education.
Participative governance. We believe in a strong local government, one guided by a national leadership that adheres to a defined set of principles. Our aim: Aggressively ensure transparency and accountability at the local level; strengthen monitoring and evaluation capacity of LGUs; and establish standard requirements for reliable data gathering and monitoring.
Bottom-up Growth. We thus aim to expand the Bottom-up Budgeting program to provide funds for a toolkit for localities, to address basic services and needs determined at the barangay level: turning communities into hubs for development. From this level, proposals will be crafted by municipalities and cities, and will be vetted and guaranteed at the provincial stage. In short, each level of local governance is expected to be accountable for a program developed through this methodology.
Strengthening performance-based service. We believe in a stronger performance-based mechanism, which incentivizes performance and the efficient delivery of goods and services at the frontlines. Through this we maximize national funds for the improvement of many, and thus capacitate more and more to contribute to our collective advancement.
Ang paniniwala ni Mar at ni Leni: Kapag may trabaho, may katiyakan: kapag may katiyakan, may pag-asa. Tungkulin ng estado ang gawin ang tama at makatarungan: protektahan ang interes ng pamilyang Pilipino, at siguruhing may kakayahan silang abutin ang kanilang mga pangarap.