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Part XIV of the “ReVOTElution of H.O.P.E.” Series
“The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.” — John F. Kennedy
“The election of John F. Kennedy as the 35th-president of the United States in 1960 ushered in not only a ‘New Frontier’ for the nation, but (also) brought a new generation of scholars into high positions in Washington.” To find out more about JFK’s New Frontier (and especially about “the band of young academics and thinkers” appointed to his Administration), please go to this link.
When I ran for governor of Sorsogon in the May 9, 2016, election, I talked about adopting a “Cabinet System” for the provincial government and appointing a troika for every Cabinet position. One of the three members would be a young voter that is 35-years of age or younger.
The United Nations, for statistical purposes, defines “youth,” as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years. But for purposes of a Philippine “New Frontier for the Youth” (“NuFY” initiative, as this columnist coined), the age bracket of 24-to-35 is suggested. The prospective young nominees (under the suggested “Troika System”). Yes, a troika for Cabinet positions, Undersecretaries, Bureau chiefs, Commission members, and/or for the Social Security System, the Government Service Insurance System, and other corporations for public benefit.
“And this columnist suggests further that the youth of all the 81 provinces of the Philippines should nominate ten (10) most-qualified young individuals for appointment to the said “NuFY” positions.”
And this columnist suggests further that the youth of all the 81 provinces of the Philippines should nominate ten (10) most-qualified young individuals for appointment to the said “NuFY” positions. This way, at least they will train 810 young Filipinos to become the next group of leaders for the country. It is a sure bet that the young men and women of every province (and the cities located in it) will choose wisely from among their ranks the most qualified “NuFY” nominees that are not tainted with any scandal.
The nominees may not necessarily be college graduates, as the undergraduates can finish — while working — their education (and even earn master’s degrees) via distance-learning means. Ideas of online nursing courses. Entrepreneurship and “social engineering” were discussed earlier in this column. Please read “Fielding Abroad 3-Million Filipino Nurses from 2024-to-2030 (And Millions More of OFWs).”
And here is the suggested first task for the 810 chosen young leaders and the other finalists in the search for the Top “NuFY” nominees: Reinventing the Healthcare System of every Province. This columnist registered a domain name used to form a Facebook group known as the “DrRizal.com/HMO Proposal for Sorsogon & the PH.”
Here are the top three features of the said healthcare initiative (as found in the pinned article, which can serve as the template for the final national version):
- Formally start the operation of a province-based health-maintenance organization (HMO), which will specialize in providing a preventive healthcare system for its members (subscribers). The provincial-hospital system of every province will become the nucleus of such an HMO.
- Sign the Provincial Patients’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, which will guarantee to the people at least semi-annual medical, dental and other medical examinations and appropriate treatments for those that need them.
- Start administering TB, STD, other pandemic-and-drug tests to all residents and workers in the province. Those who are positive will be treated and/or aided in overcoming their addiction or disease.
The proposal also states how to fund the initiative: The provincial share of the national value-added tax (VAT) will be used 100% for the HMO project. In 2018, Sorsogon Province collected 1.4-billion pesos as its 40% share of the VAT. The OFW-led coalition’s socioeconomic platform for the 2022 election is to use 100% of the VAT for healthcare.
“The provincial share of the national value-added tax (VAT) will be used 100% for the HMO project. In 2018, Sorsogon Province collected 1.4-billion pesos as its 40% share of the VAT.”
The period of campaign for the presidential and vice-presidential election is limited to 90 days. Perhaps all the candidates can have common rallies (if allowed under pandemic situations) or COMELEC-sponsored town-hall meetings to save more campaign expenses for the vaccination project. Perhaps the youth, especially those involved in the HMO proposed project, may demand that all presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, congressional (including the party-list nominees), and provincial/LGU candidates use their billions of campaign funds (especially those donated by major corporate honchos and “taipans”) for the 90-day vaccination proposal for 90-million Filipinos, as written by this columnist.
Here again, is the proposal dubbed: “How to find funding to vaccinate 90-million Filipinos in 90-Days.”
Perhaps the youth and their “NuFY” selected leaders can force all candidates — beginning with the presidential slates — to work together to win the Filipino participation in the “Global War Against the COVID-19 Pandemic.” It can be a “Win, Win” situation for all Filipinos 12-years or older vaccinated. The few million Filipinos that have been already vaccinated as of Jan. 31, 2022, by the Present Dispensation can receive what would become a “booster third shot” of the American-made vaccines.