Economy: Walang Maiiwan!
Underlying all the problems and weaknesses of the country and the economy is corruption and the weakening of our democratic institutions. We will restore trust in government by emphasizing good governance and anti-corruption to increase investment, regain people’s trust to pay proper taxes and ensure that the people’s money is well spent.
- We will uphold the people’s right to information on matters of public concern and vigorously support the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill in Congress
- We 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
- We will put into place a “zero-based” budgeting system to enhance transparency and improve efficiency.
- 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)
- 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
- 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).
We will have broad based and inclusive economic growth through increased incomes by generating quality jobs and attracting more investments.
- 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.
- We will reduce red tape, reducing the number of processes required to do business in the country.
- We will improve infrastructure in transportation and housing, which will generate jobs and also support investments.
- 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.
- 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.
- We will promote entrepreneurship that provides employment, helping small and medium firms with access to credit and diffusion of technologies and skills.
- We will focus investment expenditure in the very urgent need to invest in education (especially in early childhood education) and in health.
- We will promote technical/vocational schools to strengthen the labor supply and better match the needs of enterprises.
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.
- We will plug revenue leakages by having competent and trustworthy tax collectors, broadening the tax base.
- 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.
- We will review policies and programs to enhance productivity and modernize the agricultural sector.
[Archived from the official campaign web site of President Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III]