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Part IX of the “ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E.” Series
The ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E. experiment can result in a “Win-win” situation for Filipino voters in the 2022 presidential election by fielding an OFW-led slate, especially with the moral-and-financial support of Overseas Filipinos. (Or even its entire dynamics, if campaign fundraising and other factors like doable platforms are included.) this columnist has been explaining to Doubting Thomases that it will change the presidential-election dynamic with a high success rate.
A “dynamic” is a force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process, as many dictionaries define it. So, how can the “ReVOTElution” create successfully concrete changes for the better by electing a new Philippine president, a new vice president, and possibly 12 first-time senators in the 2022 elections?
The first proposed change (in the electoral dynamics) is that the OFW/OF-led presidential slate can tell, and discuss with, the voter’s doable solutions for the Top Ten problems of the country. And how to fund them. All the national candidates can be forced to address them and/or develop their own suggested solutions. National (and even congressional and local) candidates that refuse to accept this idea commit political suicide.
“The first proposed change (in the electoral dynamics) is that the OFW/OF-led presidential slate can tell, and discuss with, the voter’s doable solutions for the Top Ten problems of the country.”
The best-suggested move is to pressure all the Filipino candidates to sign a common Covenant With the People, All of them would adopt the collective solutions. They can persuade the national candidates to agree to form a “government of national unity,” with all the defeated candidates for president and vice president pre-accepting positions in the Cabinet of the new president’s Office. And the failed senatorial candidates can be offered undersecretary positions in the Cabinet. That is after the mandatory one-year prohibition for the defeated candidates.
Here are the Top-10 problems:
- Homelessness — beginning in Metro Manila, which is the capital of the world’s homeless populations.
- Graft and Corruption, as the Philippines has been continuously ranked as one of the most-corrupt countries in the world.
- Law-and-order situation, with the Philippines being known allegedly as the world’s capital of extra-judicial killings (EJK).
- Lack of an affordable healthcare for all; and half-baked vaccination strategies.
- Declining quality of public education.
- Lack of decent-paying jobs and lack of “safety nets and social services” for the unemployed, especially the poorest of the poor.
- Transportation-and-traffic problems.
- Environmental problems; and failure to address Climate Change (Global Warming).
- Grabbing by some foreign nations of some islands, and encroachment in the economic zones, of the Philippines. And
- Social injustice, as in treating minorities like the Muslims, Lumads, Manobos. Aetas, Mangyangs, Ifugaos and other tribes “second-class” citizens of the Philippines; and the need to “reinvent the Filipino psyche” as a “condition precedent” for nation building.
In this episode, let us discuss homelessness. Actually, this column talked about on Dec. 30, 2020, the Top-Five homeless cities in the world. If you missed it, please click this link to an article dubbed A Biden Doctrine Can Reinvent Geopolitics. This columnist eventually changed the Biden Doctrine to a more original phrase, Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine.
“Perhaps the Pueblo Filipino project in Colima Province of Mexico can be the model of a bilateral or even a multilateral approach to providing affordable, convenient, and safe retirement homes for retiring senior citizens and displaced military veterans and other retirees.”
The said article also discussed how the Pueblo Filipino retirement and development project in Mexico could help rally Overseas Filipinos — and the Biden Administration — can help solve the homeless problems of the Philippines and ultimately of the world. That is, if the Filipino solution becomes the template for solving the universal problem of homelessness.
Why mention the Pueblo Filipino? Because I wrote in it: “Perhaps the Pueblo Filipino project in Colima Province of Mexico can be the model of a bilateral or even a multilateral approach to providing affordable, convenient, and safe retirement homes for retiring senior citizens and displaced military veterans and other retirees.”
Please pay particular attention to the last paragraph of the Dec. 20, 2020, article. It reads: “As a suggestion for a joint study, I provided Jose Montelibano the link to my 2016 commentary, The NCR (AKA The Imperial Manila) Is Beyond Urban-Growth Redemption“.
This series, THE ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E., will be turned into a book. And readers are invited to edit (as honorary co-authors) the articles (and cited links). They can also make suggestions and even write an “Introductory Note” or summary for inclusion in the coming book. Jay Domingo, the PDM webmaster, has been writing superlative “Intro Notes” for this series of articles. Readers can view them in the Philippine Daily Mirror Community.