Campaign Promises Checklist

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Through speeches, interviews, debates and other venues throughout the campaign period leading up to the historic 2010 Philippine Elections, then Presidential Candidate Aquino shared his various action plans, position statements and promises on key aspects of national governance including the anti-corruption agenda, health care, judiciary reforms, education, agriculture, caring for OFWs, anti-poverty programs and transformative economic growth.

Playing its part in helping keep the new Administration honest and accountable to the Filipino people for those promises, the ProPinoy Project has compiled the promises excerpted from different sources into a single checklist below which can be used as one means of measuring the progress of the government in living up to its promises.   For organization purposes, we have used the 16-Point Presidential Campaign Platform as an outline to structure the 150 different action plans and promises in this checklist.  Each point in the Campaign Platform (more high-level) is supported by Action Plans (more concrete).  For an even more detailed look at each promised action plan, each entry below can be clicked to show the full text of its source.  Every promise has also been categorized with the topics (e.g. Anti-Corruption, Health Care, Education etc.) that is used by ProPinoy in organizing the blog entries on the website.

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1 From a President who tolerates corruption… to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.
1.1 Noynoy Aquino will appoint public officials based on their integrity, qualifications and performance record and will hold them accountable to the highest ethical standards of public office. Anti-Corruption
1.2 As required by law, all Department Secretaries, Heads of Agencies, and senior officials from Director to Undersecretaries will be required to have their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) available and accessible to the public. Anti-Corruption
1.3 An Aquino Administration will ensure transparency and citizen’s participation in crafting and implementing laws, rules and regulations and in monitoring the programs, projects and transactions of government. Anti-Corruption
1.4 Uphold the people’s right to information on matters of public concern and support the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill in Congress Anti-Corruption
1.5 To enable citizens to help stop corruption, information about the government’s budget shall be organized, packaged and distributed to the media regularly and posted in the internet so the public may know, understand and monitor how their money is spent Anti-Corruption
1.6 Strengthen people’s participation with simple and clear procedures for citizens to monitor all government projects and report their feedback through accessible means. Anti-Corruption
1.7 Strengthening the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman will be a top priority in the campaign against corruption. We will fully implement the recently passed Prosecution Service Act in order to strengthen the national prosecution service, attract qualified lawyers, and institutionalize a more effective witness protection program while improving training and equipment. Anti-Corruption
1.8 Ensure the independence of the Office of the Ombudsman by appointing a competent and credible Ombudsman who will be true to the mandate of the office and will pursue unresolved cases of corruption and human rights abuses committed by public officers. Anti-Corruption
1.9 An Aquino Administration will put into place a “zero-based” budgeting system to enhance transparency and improve efficiency. Anti-Corruption
1.10 Budget allocations for the different agencies of government will be shaped by their performance and their compliance with the reports of the Commission on Audit (COA) Anti-Corruption
2 From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal… to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.
2.1 We will have broad based and inclusive economic growth through increased incomes by generating quality jobs and attracting more investments. Real Economic Growth
2.2 We will improve infrastructure in transportation and housing, which will generate jobs and also support investments. Real Economic Growth
2.3 We will refrain from imposing new taxes or increasing tax rates. Real Economic Growth
3 From relegating education to just one of many concerns… to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.
3.1 We will focus investment expenditure in the very urgent need to invest in education (especially in early childhood education) and in health. Education
3.2 12-YEAR BASIC EDUCATION CYCLE: I will expand the basic education cycle in this country from a short 10-year cycle to a globally-comparable 12 years before the end of the next administration (2016). Kindergarten (K) to Grade 12 is what the rest of the world gives their children. I want at least 12 years for our public school children to give them an even chance at succeeding. My education team has designed a way to go from our current 10 years (6 elementary, 4 high school) to a K-12 system in five years starting SY 2011-12. Education
3.3 UNIVERSAL PRE-SCHOOLING FOR ALL: All public school children (and all public schools) will have pre-schooling as their introduction to formal schooling by 2016. Education
3.4 MADARIS EDUCATION AS A SUB-SYSTEM WITHIN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM: Our Muslim brothers and sisters ask for an education system that respects their culture while providing a technically sound curriculum in English, Filipino, science and math. Madaris education with subjects in Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education can be integrated in our public school curriculum as additional subjects with the view to keeping our Muslim Filipino children in school. Education
3.5 TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AS AN ALTERNATIVE STREAM IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL:  Half our high school graduates want to work upon graduation but do not have enough technical education. Technical, vocational education must be re-introduced in our public high schools with trade tests and skills rating (TESDA or other acceptable work standards) as the final examination for students looking at HS as their terminal course. I will re-introduce technical-vocational education in our public high schools to better link schooling to local industry needs and employment. Education
3.6 “EVERY CHILD A READER” BY GRADE 1:  At the core of our children’s non-learning problems is the inability to read properly. By the end of the next administration (SY 2015-16), every child passing pre-school must be a reader by Grade 1. Essential to this, we must build a library infrastructure in our schools, procure reading books (from our Philippine publishing industry to support local authors and publishers) and train our elementary teachers on how to teach reading. By the end of the next administration, every child must be a reader by Grade 1. Education
3.7 SCIENCE & MATH PROFICIENCY: We need a strong science and math curriculum that starts as early as Grade 1 with instructional materials and properly trained elementary teachers. To build a culture for science and math, I will bring back the science and math clubs movement with elementary and high school science/math fairs. I will rebuild the science and math infrastructure in schools so that we can produce more scientists, engineers, technicians, technologists and teachers in our universities so that this country can be more globally competitive in industry and manufacturing.
Education
3.8 ASSISTANCE TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS ESSENTIAL PARTNERS IN BASIC EDUCATION: Private education must be a partner in producing quality education in the country. I intend to expand GASTPE (Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education) to a target of 1 million private HS students every year through education service contracting (ESC) while doing away with the wasteful education voucher system (EVS) of this administration. I will expand government assistance to private education. A strong private school system will strengthen our public schools by providing parents an alternative and not adding to the overcrowding. Education
3.9 MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION RATIONALIZED:

UNESCO has proven that young children learn best in their mother tongue before moving on to English in higher grades. I fully support the UNESCO-tried and tested formula on mother tongue instruction. From pre-school to Grade 3, we will use the mother tongue as the medium of instruction while teaching English and Filipino as subjects.

From Grades 4-6 (7), we will increasingly use English as the medium of instruction for science & math and Filipino for Araling Panlipunan (social studies). For High School, English should be the medium of instruction for science, math & English; Filipino for AP, Filipino and tech-voc education.

My view: We should become tri-lingual as a country.

Learn English well and connect to the World.
Learn Filipino well and connect to our country.
Retain your dialect and connect to your heritage.

Education
3.10 QUALITY TEXTBOOKS: Poor quality textbooks have no place in our schools. I will not tolerate poor textbook quality in our schools. Textbooks will be judged by three criteria: quality, better quality, and more quality. Education
3.11 COVENANT WITH LOCAL GOVTS TO BUILD MORE SCHOOLS: We need to address our continuing classroom shortages. Here, we need a covenant with LGUs not only to build more classrooms but to establish more schools on land provided by LGUs. We do not need more overcrowded schools; we need more schools with smaller populations so that teachers, students, and parents can form a real learning community. I will build more schools in areas where there are no public or private schools in a covenant with LGUs so that we can realize genuine education for all. Education
4 From treating health as just another area for political patronage… to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.
4.1 Universal Health Care is the cornerstone of our health agenda. If given the trust of the people, an Aquino administration will achieve Universal Health Care in three years or less. Health Care
4.2 The Aquino administration will also direct PhilHealth to expand outpatient health care benefits as required by law. Health Care
4.3 The Aquino administration will work with LGUs and the private health sector to make sure that accredited services are available in hospitals and clinics everywhere. Health Care
4.4 Our health infrastructure needs a boost given the gaps in health facilities. Beginning at the barangay level we will fund 22,000 more barangay health stations, 3,000 more outpatient Rural Health Units and at least 150 more district hospitals. Health Care
4.5 The Aquino administration will implement all the benefits stipulated in the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers. I am prepared to work closely with LGUs to improve their health service Health Care
4.6 There should be no lack of medicines and instruments in facilities with quality health providers. The Aquino administration will guarantee that the 100 of the most essential drugs in generics are available in every health facility all the time. The Aquino administration will work with toll manufacturers to ensure that this will be a reality. Health Care
4.7 To ensure a holistic and comprehensive Health Care System, the Aquino administration will ensure that the national health budget will be at least 5% of the national budget. Health Care
4.8 The Aquino administration will leverage the national health budget to increase investments in health from the private sector. Health Care
4.9 To these ends, the Aquino administration will establish a National Health Development Fund. Health Care
4.10 While it is the government’s duty to support parents in their family’s endeavors, at the end of the day, the method with which the family is planned and the size of the family, should all be left to the parents. The State must respect each individual’s right to follow his or her conscience and religious convictions on matters and issues pertaining to the unity of the family and the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death. Health Care
4.11 What the state can do is help parents, especially the poor and disadvantaged, who are bereft of tools to make an informed judgment. The government should educate the people about the means with which to plan their families so they can create families based on their ability to sustain their needs. In the process of providing a range of options and information to couples, natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented as desirable methods. Health Care
5 From justice that money and connections can buy… to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.
5.1 If the post remains vacant, the appointment of a credible, efficient and fair Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Judiciary Reforms (Short-term)
5.2 Convene the Judicial Executive Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council (JELACC) as the springboard for the review of the state of the justice system and the possible areas for budgetary as well as administrative support within the first 100 days of the Aquino presidency, and utilize this council for the submission of a justice modernization budget to be included in the first State of the Nation address (SONA) agenda. Judiciary Reforms (Short-term)
5.3 Expedite the appointment of judges and prosecutors based on a system of meritocracy and fitness for the job, and work on all pending appointments to these important posts. Judiciary Reforms (Short-term)
5.4 Signal the importance of jail decongestion by releasing detention prisoners who have served their maximum terms in jail and also deserving elderly inmates who are eligible for unconditional release due to old age. Judiciary Reforms (Short-term)
5.5 Strengthen the barangay justice system through increased training, the setting up of a system of accredited mediators and the inclusion of time served in the barangay justice system as part of mandated legal aid for practicing lawyers. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.6 Reduce the vacancy of the courts and the prosecution service to single digit figures. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.7 Prioritize the cases of detention prisoners, through a multi stakeholder approach (national government, LGU, civil society and business) in order to decongest our facilities and provide speedy justice. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.8 The consistent use of merit and fitness in the appointment and promotion of officials within the justice system. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.9 The modernization of the Philippine National Police through increased funding and training, and the appointment of qualified and meritorious persons in the service. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.10 The follow through of the Salary Standardization Law that would increase the salaries of prosecutors, public defenders and other professionals in the public service. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.11 Double the budget of the Judiciary to enable it to pursue its reform program and deliver justice for all. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.12 Increase the conviction rate of the prosecutors from 20% to 40% by the end of the presidential term, through the support and professionalization of the national prosecution service, improvement of the evidence gathering techniques in collaboration with the PNP, and the extensive use of mediation during the preliminary investigation stage, to ferret out cases which may just settle in court during trial. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.13 Decrease the time when a detainee is staying at the detention facilities through increased vigilance of public defenders, a case information system for detention facilities, and increased participation of civil society prison support groups. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
5.14 Decrease the average length of a case in court through improvements in the prosecution service and the public defenders, and the rolling out of various forms of alternative dispute resolution in the courts. Judiciary Reforms (Medium-Term to Long-Term)
6 From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests… to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.
6.1 We will have a government that is not corrupt and is business-friendly, thus lowering the cost of doing business and production in the country. Transparent Economics
6.2 We will plug revenue leakages by having competent and trustworthy tax collectors, broadening the tax base Transparent Economics
6.3 We will instruct DBM to lead an internal government review of all its costs and present a plan to reduce government overhead within six months. Transparent Economics
6.4 We will level the playing field for businesses. We will encourage free and fair competition in a level playing field that stresses that one need not be a crony in order to be successful in this country. We will make our bidding and procurement policies and processes more transparent, and punish those who seek to circumvent procurement laws through collusion and other illegal means. Transparent Economics
6.5 We will emphasize the role of stakeholders in finding solutions to the problems that they face. In fact, the process that we will go through to provide the details of this plan we have presented today will be consultative and transparent. Transparent Economics
7 From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems… to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.
7.1 We will review policies and programs to enhance productivity and modernize the agricultural sector. Agriculture & the Rural Economy
7.2 When we change administrations, there must be a complete review of all the programs in the Department of Agriculture. We can do a lot for our farmers given the present budget of the Department if we eliminate the leaks and focus on the efficient use of resources. For example, we must stop eating up millions in mere administrative costs as in the case of NABCOR, which charged our government P60 million because it served as a useless conduit to regional offices. Agriculture & the Rural Economy
7.3 We will also support efforts such as supply chain management that minimizes losses, creates jobs, consults with stakeholders, and capitalizes on our competitive advantage. Agriculture & the Rural Economy
7.4 We will strive to proclaim land in favor of as many poor families as possible anchored on the Comprehensive Land Use Plans of their local governments and in consultation with their beneficiary families. Agriculture & the Rural Economy
7.5 We will order a review of all Presidential Proclamations to determine the status of their implementation. We will not revoke any Presidential Proclamation without thorough study and adequate consultation. Agriculture & the Rural Economy
8 From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality… to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.
8.1 We will invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable. Anti-Poverty & Caring for the Poor
8.2 We will increase investments to provide quality jobs for Filipinos by lowering the costs of doing business in our country. Anti-Poverty & Caring for the Poor
8.3 We will create large-scale public works programs that can generate substantial number of jobs for poor men and women. At the onset of our term, we will emphasize labor-intensive public works programs that can generate significant numbers of jobs for our poor people and give them access to at least the minimum amounts of money, food and dignity needed for their daily survival and well-being. We will help those in the informal sector to avail of relevant incentives, services and benefits, such as access to social security and other forms of assistance. Anti-Poverty & Caring for the Poor
8.4 Over the six years of our term, we will significantly increase the health and education allocations in our national budget. This will bring us closer to the level of spending of our neighboring countries. We will extend health insurance coverage to all urban poor people, put an end to shifting in public schools and provide full set of quality textbooks for our public school children. Anti-Poverty & Caring for the Poor
8.5 In the immediate short term, we will take care of the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society through programs such as conditional cash transfers dedicated, among others, to keeping healthy young children in school. Anti-Poverty & Caring for the Poor
9 From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise… to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.
9.1 We will directly target industries with the greatest potential for growth and where the Philippines has a competitive advantage, industries that have already been identified by domestic and foreign business groups and include agribusiness, business process outsourcing, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics, socially responsible mining and tourism and retirement. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.2 We will promote entrepreneurship that provides employment, helping small and medium firms with access to credit and diffusion of technologies and skills. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.3 We will promote technical/vocational schools to strengthen the labor supply and better match the needs of enterprises. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.4 We will solve the labor-mismatch problem by promoting better coordination between employers, academia and government, including through strengthening both public (e.g. Public Employment Service Offices -PESO) and private sector labor market information and exchange institutions, especially at the local levels. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.5 We will support small and medium enterprises. SMEs are the main generators of jobs in the country. But they lack access to credit and finance. They also need access to markets and to technology so that they can connect to the global economy. An Aquino government will not only encourage microfinance and small business loans, which was a cause supported by former President Corazon Aquino, but will also harness the remittances of our overseas workers by creating financial instruments that can attract remittances and be channeled to the rural sector. For market and technology access, we will encourage the private sector to link up with local firms, using information exchange, by giving the private sector the appropriate incentives. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.6 We will reduce red tape, reducing the number of processes required to do business in the country. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.7 We will have easier, streamlined business procedures. We will transform our systems to foster service to the public. We will streamline the approval process, not only for setting up new businesses but also in the regular day-to-day transactions with government, such as the payment of taxes. We will do this on a national as well as the local level. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.8 We will have a government that is not corrupt and is business-friendly, thus lowering the cost of doing business and production in the country. Supporting Entrepreneurship
9.9 A clean government will facilitate macroeconomic stability, reigning in the record level deficits of the current administration, and bringing down the debt-to-GDP ratio. Supporting Entrepreneurship
10 From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families… to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.
10.1 An Aquino Government will uphold the State’s Policy of not pursuing overseas employment as a development strategy and establish concrete policies and steps towards more sustainable alternatives OFWs
10.2 Prioritize the protection of overseas Filipino workers and their families OFWs
10.3 Implement policies to establish a higher standard of protection and promote the empowerment of migrants and their families. OFWs
10.4 Review the continued deployment of workers to countries which are high- and medium-risk areas, as well the continued deployment of workers in high-risk occupations OFWs
10.5 Improve and enhance government’s services and resources for OFWs and their families OFWs
10.6 Create an efficient “one-stop shop” for processing applications for overseas work and seeking redress for grievances in order to streamline the bureaucracy, cut down on complicated and unnecessary procedures, and reduce avenues for corruption. OFWs
10.7 Audit the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to rationalize the management of its funds, in terms of the benefits provided as well as how the funds are invested. OFWs
10.8 Transform Philippine embassies, consular offices and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) into centers of care and service for overseas workers by assigning more foreign service officers to posts where there are many OFWs and train them in the needs of the communities they serve. OFWs
10.9 Invest in training and upgrading the skills of our overseas workers. TESDA will formally and regularly be involved in training OFWs and we will hire returning OFWs to conduct training so that they may transfer skills learned abroad. OFWs
10.10 Pursue and prosecute those engaging in illegal and predatory activities, including fixers, scammers and especially traffickers that target women and children. We will fully implement the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. OFWs
10.11 Assist OFWs in achieving financial stability that also contributes to the Philippines’ development through training, investment and savings programs. OFWs
10.12 Address the social costs of migration by working closely with communities and families of OFWs to provide effective social welfare services such as counseling and pre-departure orientation seminars OFWs
10.13 Improve the seafarers’ upgrading program, credit/loaning program, self-insurance coverage program, which includes life insurance, burial benefit and disability and dismemberment benefits, and reintegration program. OFWs
10.14 Complete a global trading master plan that aims to establish worldwide trading posts that rely on the labor, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). OFWs
10.15 Engage the participation of the migrant sector and civil society in governance OFWs
10.16 Involve civil society and migrants themselves in developing, implementing and reviewing policies and programs related to the migrant sector OFWs
10.17 Support the creation or strengthening of community-based support groups for families of OFWs OFWs
10.18 Strengthen re-integration programs for returning migrants OFWs
10.19 Facilitate the re-integration of returning OFWs by favorable terms of investment, tax incentives, access to government financial institutions and other benefits that are offered to foreign investors. OFWs
11 From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation… to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good.
11.1 Noynoy Aquino will appoint public officials based on their integrity, qualifications and performance record and will hold them accountable to the highest ethical standards of public office. Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
11.2 Cabinet positions and portfolios including the Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries would be distributed among the three major islands (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) without sacrificing competence and trustworthiness criteria. Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
11.3 Qualification standards, especially on eligibility, will be strictly followed, and at least half of the positions of Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries will be filled by honest and competent career civil servants to ensure continuity and sustainability of effective policies and programs Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
12 From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support… to professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies
12.1 Noynoy Aquino respects the professional bureaucracy and will establish ways to motivate and energize the professional bureaucracy Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
12.2 Government offices will be streamlined and rationalized so that agencies have clear cut and distinct mandates in order to spur greater efficiency and accountability Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
12.3 Performances of government agencies and civil servants will be evaluated rationally and systematically through an effective and measurable performance management system to be approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
12.4 The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Performance Management System-Office Performance Evaluation System (PMS-OPES) will be linked with the DBM Organizational Performance Indicator Framework (OPIF) to ensure accountability of government agencies and officials Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
12.5 Review the mandates and performance of government agencies and Government Owned or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs). Civil Service and the Bureaucracy
13 From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls… to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.
14 From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents… to one that seeks a broadly-supported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.
14.1 I will assume direct responsibility for the revival of the peace process with the MILF. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.2 I will reconstitute the peace panel with men and women of integrity who will directly report to me. There was a time when the peace process was doing well until the Arroyo Government began to use the peace negotiation as prop to political survival. I will see counsel from peace advocates like former OPAPP Secretary Deles, Peace Panel Head Afable and former Notre Dame University President, Fr. Mercado to put back on track the credibility needed in the peace process. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.3 I will ensure the participation of various Mindanao stakeholders – Muslims, Lumad, Christian settlers – in the negotiating panels and working groups; Mindanao: Peace Process
14.4 I will create a niche for the participation of other Muslim “gatekeepers” particularly traditional and LGU leaders, MNLF, the Ulama, Bangsamoro civil society. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.5 Request the Bishops-Ulama Conference to submit a report on the results of the consultations it conducted in the aftermath of the failed MOA-AD; likewise with all known civil society organizations and academic institutions which undertook similar consultations or researches in the past year, such as the University Network on the Mindanao Question led by the UP School of Law, the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, and the Al Mujadilah Foundation. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.6 The results of all these processes should be collated, with key points of agreement and contention identified for inputting into the peace mechanism, as appropriate. On this basis, a mechanism should be devised for these groups to participate in the continuing dialogue on and monitoring of their recommendations. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.7 I will immediately convene the Oversight Committee on the Organic Act on Muslim Mindanao (RA 9054) and complete a review and assessment of the implementation of the law. I will issue an Executive Order reviving/extending the function of the Oversight Committee, which was last convened before 2004 and which never completed its task, and impose a deadline for the completion of its work. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.8 I will order the Department of Foreign Affairs, with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), to give a report on the tripartite review of the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement and cull the “immediate doable” measures that government can undertake. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.9 I will order an inventory of the backlog on assistance to MNLF rebel returnees, as the basis for determining the requirements and timetable for addressing the gap and closing the existing program, while a new program is crafted in cooperation with concerned LGUs and approximating the international standards on DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Rehabilitation) of former combatants. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.10 We will review the recent appointment of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to ensure they are in accordance with the law and rationalize the NCIP plantilla to professionalize the bureaucracy to do its mandate under the law, including the delineation of ancestral domains (AD) and support the development of the Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). Mindanao: Peace Process
14.11 I will work with IP communities and all land and resource-management related agencies for a thorough review of all Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs), Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALTs), and Certificates of Free Prior and Informed Consent (CFPICs) issued towards weeding out those issued defectively, fast-tracking decisions on all pending applications, and providing support for development and implementation of the ADRMP for areas covered by CADTs. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.12 I will ensure basic education, health, and sanitation facilities and services for IP communities. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.13 I will look into the immediate situation of security of IP communities in areas of ongoing armed conflict. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.14 Families displaced by conflict will receive full support to be able to return to their communities of origin, if they so desire. I will put up a compensatory fund which will provide shelter, food and livelihood assistance to enable the estimated 30,000 internally displaced families to return to their homes. Mindanao: Peace Process
14.15 I will dismantle private armies and take a firm hand against all forms of lawlessness Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.16 I will ensure the prosecution of all identified perpetrators of the Ampatuan massacre. I am aware that the families of the victims and witnesses of the crime are vulnerable to harassment as well as bribes to weaken the case. I will ensure that families of the victims and witnesses of the crime will receive adequate protection and support as they work for justice. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.17 DND should submit immediately the result of its investigation and inventory of the arms and ammunition confiscated from the Ampatuans and identify civilian and military leaders responsible for the build up of arsenal of the Ampatuans. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.18 I will revoke EO546. Never again will public funds be used to support and maintain a private security force. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.19 KFR incidents are national security concerns. I will commit full budgetary support to PACER in establishing and implementing an anti-kidnapping strategy in Mindanao; provide full support for the filing of charges against suspected perpetrators, including full protection for released victims and their families. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.20 Under my watch, I will ensure that all security forces will be insulated from partisan politics. I will implement the Defense Reform Program started by former DND Secretary Nonong Cruz which aimed to build a professional AFP. A professional AFP along with a professional PNP committed solely to defend the constitution and uphold the law is the key to the dismantling of private armies and implementing the gun control. All forms of excuses for self-protection can be abandoned only when citizens trust state security forces. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.21 We will aim to improve the ratio of security forces to our growing population. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.22 All appointments in the AFP and PNP will be based on merit and performance. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.23 Forces on the ground will be provided with adequate provisions, equipment and training to be able to discharge their duties effectively. Mindanao: Security & Justice
14.24 Setting National Policy: Performance- and outcome-driven over-investments in education, health, and employment interventions. I will match every peso invested by 4th and 5th class LGUs in basic education, maternal and child health care and potable water and latrines. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.25 Moreover, I will provide additional support to performing LGU’s so they can fast track filling the gaps in attaining targets for their education, health and sanitation programs. In education I will support LGU efforts to attain 100 % basic education enrolment, lowering dropout rates and increasing completion rates. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.26 I will ensure that all fund releases to all LGUs will be transparent and its utilization fully accounted for. I will support DBM’s effort started by former Secretary Emilia Boncodin in regularly publishing and disseminating all releases to the LGUs. I commend COA for their fearless reports which exposed politically sensitive cases such as the Jocjoc Bolante fertilizer scam. I will ensure adequate support to state auditors for proper and accurate audit reports. And their reports will not end in filing cabinets. The OP will take the necessary action on irregularities in the COA reports. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.27 I will ensure free, honest and orderly elections. I will release the Mayuga Report to make public the findings on the role of the military in the controversial 2004 elections. On the next ARMM election in 2011, I will install measures that will hold paramount the will of the people of ARMM. The military and the police will remain strictly politically neutral. They will ensure that the election is clean, orderly and peaceful. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.28 To transform Mindanao into modern agricultural center and the nation’s food basket. I will address infrastructure gap in farm to market roads, irrigation and post harvest facilities. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.29 Corollary, to substantially reduce post-harvest losses, post-harvest facilities will be provided to Mindanao corn, coconut and rice farmers while processing facilities will be made available to coastal fishers and aquaculturists. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.30 Additional irrigated farms will raise cropping intensity and hence productivity contributing in the process to the attainment of the goal of self-sufficiency for specific commodities and bolstering export-competitiveness for others. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.31 During my term, I will improve its total road network by bringing its current paved road ratio closer to the national average. This will lower transport costs and post-harvest losses. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.32 Corn driers will be priority of DA under my watch. Every 1,000 hectares of corn land will be serviced by at least 1 corn drier. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.33 Irrigation coverage will be expanded. Mindanao has about 700,000 hectares of farms that need irrigation. We will expand irrigation facilities to service half of the area by the end of my term, subject to sound cost-benefit analysis. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.34 In areas of Mindanao where private investors are hesitant to invest due to high risk and uncertainty, my administration will establish state enterprises that will partner with potential private investors or extend guarantees to them to spread the risks. The purpose is to generate investments in these areas as a way of jump-starting economic activities and providing employment opportunities so direly needed in these communities. This will be the government’s direct assault on breaking the vicious cycle of lack of jobs, resulting to greater poverty, in turn partly fuelling the conflict, leading to lack of investments and lack of jobs. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.35 Among my priority will be government investment in the development of the Halal Industry. This, first and foremost, will answer the essential need of Filipino Muslims for access to food and non-food products that is consistent with their faith. This will also enable local producers, Muslims and non-Muslims, to partake of the multi-billion dollar world halal market. Mindanao: Governance & Development
14.36 I will encourage investments in our energy sector to tap more diverse sources of power and lower the cost of energy in the long term. In the short term, I will support moves to mitigate the effects of the power crisis such as:

Leasing power barges
Contracting additional generating capacity through cooperatives and private utilities
Allowing the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to use ancillary services such as the contracting of back-up generating capacity
Promoting demand side management

Mindanao: Governance & Development
15 From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay… to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.
15.1 Our desire is to have a government which will provide adequate housing for every Filipino and protect their housing rights. To this end, we are committed to support and replicate successful housing programs to cover the estimated housing need by providing sufficient funds through the use of the Comprehensive and Integrated Shelter Financing Act (CISFA) and other financing sources. Housing and Urban Development
15.2 We will appoint a person with a track record and demonstrated capacity in delivering social housing as HUDCC Chairperson. We will appoint NGO and PO representatives in the boards of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and in the council of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. We will also appoint an NGO representative with observer status to the board of the National Housing Authority (NHA). We will also appoint an NHA General Manager, the SHFC President and Chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor in consultation with civil society groups. Housing and Urban Development
15.3 We will shift the emphasis in our housing program to area upgrading and in-city resettlement through the Community Mortgage Program (CMP). We will accelerate CMP and promote its localization (LCMP). Housing and Urban Development
15.4 We will work with Local Government Units for the full implementation of the provisions of the UDHA and to empower them to address the housing needs of their constituents through existing provisions in the UDHA such as the provision of land for socialized housing and the inventory of informal settlers within their respective jurisdictions. Housing and Urban Development
15.5 To encourage Local Government Units to take the lead in addressing housing needs, we will provide incentives to LGUs like co-financing schemes, technical assistance and other support services so that they could take an active role in socialized housing. We will institutionalize and strengthen participatory shelter planning at the local level and identify other fund sources to support housing programs particularly for informal settlers at the local level. Housing and Urban Development
15.6 We will end illegal forced evictions. We will not allow any public or private authority to evict families and leave them homeless in the street. The government must provide decent relocation, near-city or in-city, if possible, quality housing, adequate basic services and jobs. Housing and Urban Development
15.7 We will work with the private sector, utility cooperatives and the donor community to provide access to water and electricity for all urban poor communities. We will encourage or public utilities and governmentowned and controlled corporations to incorporate these goals as an integral part of their corporate social responsibility. Housing and Urban Development
15.8 We will strengthen government’s partnership with non-government organizations and support people’s initiative to provide the poor with housing. Housing and Urban Development
15.9 We recognize that most people living in risk prone areas are forced by circumstances to live in these areas because government has failed to give them viable alternatives. This is the basic premise of the Post-Ondoy Rehabilitation Program. We will appoint capable persons to plan and implement intensive post-Ondoy rehabilitation projects. We will explore new approaches that address both the housing and livelihood needs of affected families. We will review Executive Order 854 in consultation with the affected communities and look for appropriate solutions for the families living in Manggahan Floodway and Lupang Arenda. We will ensure that local and international public and private efforts are closely coordinated. Housing and Urban Development
15.10 We will strengthen efforts to achieve balance and equitable urban-rural development and established sustainable livelihood activities in relocation areas to proactively address the problems of in-migration and informal housing. Housing and Urban Development
15.11 We will not tolerate a situation where wage earners have to stay in the city to work while the other members of the family stay in distant relocation centers. This separation weakens and often fractures family life. We will not institutionalize such situations by building sites in the city where they will live apart from their families. As the work force in the cities, the poor, up to the extent possible, should be given the opportunity to stay in the cities. Housing and Urban Development
16 From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment… to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources.
16.1 We will harness our natural resources by involving our local communities in sustainable tourism endeavors. This will be achieved in a way that meets the needs of today’s discerning travelers without compromising the environment, and the future of our citizens. Our abundance in resources – beaches, mountains, caves and historical sites – can make key growth areas such as ecotourism, health and wellness and medical tourism thrive to the benefit of our economy and our people. Tourism
16.2 We will have a complementary infrastructure system that will includethe construction and repair of roads, bridges, airports and seaports to increase accessibility to our sites. Tourism
16.3 We will adopt a national sanitation program that will lead to universal access to sanitary toilets. This will improve family and public health, protect the groundwater, lakes, rivers and coastal waters from domestic waste contamination and indirectly, make tourism destinations more attractive and safer. Tourism
  • NOY Amante

    Dear cocoy,

    I am most interested in business, labor and trade issues as well as international relations. My secondary interest is in education. Maybe we could have independent monitoring and assessment efforts every quarter? My key concern is how Pnoy binds these efforts together, through a key statement on national values, and for him to develop a strong concept of Philippine nationhood. This is still the missing link, which I hope PNoy could address by next year, and next.

  • NOY Amante

    Dear Cocoy,

    This is a very good effort, and thank you for breaking down Pres Noynoy Aquino’s program, based on various themes or issues. Let us call on independent experts, especially those in the sciences, technology and industry, to provide independent SMART ideas, and assessments. When everything is polished through your web efforts, then we could have an independent conference in the future, virtual or real, to put muscles and bones into these ideas.

    NOY Amante
    Business & Economics faculty
    Hanyang University, South Korea

    • Dear Noy,

      Definitely. We are in the process of improving the site so that others may have greater opportunity to share their own smart ideas and assessments. We look forward to your continued participation her. cheers!

  • Mike H

    JoeAm: I can see why you are very happy with Noynoy in Malacanang considering that Noynoy has made commitment :
    5.11 Double the budget of the Judiciary to enable it to pursue its reform program and deliver justice for all.
    I hope this means Judiciary budget 2012 is 20% higher than Judiciary-budget 2010.

    But Noynoy was distracted by wangWang that he missed on a promise : 5.2 submission of a justice modernization budget to be included in the first State of the Nation address (SONA) agenda.

    • Mike H,

      Like and respect are two different words. I have never said I liked President Aquino. I respect him as the President of the Philippines and don’t hold his past against him. He is a new guy in a tough job and I will comment on specific actions, but not condemn him as if he were sitting on the porch of his hacienda with a shot gun.

      Some how, some way, Judiciary needs to become unstuck. A P10 billion budget simply is insufficient. In addition to money, there ought to be transparency: reports of number of cases by type, resolution, and period of time to resolution for each court in the land.

      The Truth Commission EO language is forthright and, indeed, powerful.

      I like it.

  • I am impressed with the thoroughness of the breakdown into checklists that can be monitored. I am skeptical about the process, though, because (1) it takes Mr. Aquino’s stance as the “ideal” when it may not be, and (2) the list is too lengthy to be referred to regularly and get a snapshot of progress.

    My planning experience suggests that (1) it is important to have measureable benchmarks, and (2) it is important to delegate out follow-through and drive relentlessly for improvement.

    Take corruption. The only real comprehensive measure of corruption is Transparency International’s corruption index. But it is a good one, examining various forms of corruption, most of which exist in the Philippines as a way of life. The ranking of the Philippines has been about 140 for the past three years, out of 180 countries. The number “1” is corruption free, so the Philippines is lodged deep into the bottom half.

    I’d set the target of getting into the top half within the next 6 years. To do that, one has to parse Transparency International’s survey method and start addressing the flaws in Filipino society that contribute to the lousy rating.

    As for delegation, why not develop a Board of Experts, like with Cusp on economics, Manualbuencamino on trade and industry, BenK on education, JoeAm on Judiciary . . . and shadow, or probe for progress, in a deep way? Now everyone opines in general terms on what is popularly available, and we don’t dig deep.

  • Hyden Toro

    Noynoy Aquino will never understand your article. The Bonehead is too dull to even know how BUDGET works. Don’t waste time…

    • Let’s see what the President has up his sleeve. I think he does understand how. More than once he mentioned his intention to fix how the budget is made. More than once during the campaign he reiterated that the Budget is the most important piece of legislation Congress is suppose to pass.