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ASEAN Party-List must have a Spot in Congress!


Perhaps, the one party-list that really attracted me in supporting is the Academicians, Students and Educators Alliance (ASEAN). It further solidify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an international agreement for child rights.

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Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights and these are the right to:

  • Life, survival and development
  • Protection from violence, abuse or neglect
  • An education that enables children to fulfil their potential
  • Be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents
  • Express their opinions and be listened to

Let me focus on the third right, am education enables children to fulfill their potential. That is where ASEAN Party-List can do.

With the promising vision that the said Party-List has and when in Congress, ASEAN will push for the interests of Students, Out-of-School-Youth, Educators, Parents, OFWs and Professionals.

In an intimate forum with Professor Win Ballada, chairman and first nominee for ASEAN Party-List on May 4, Saturday, he presented the group’s platforms:

  • Access to Education, Adopt-A-Student- Act, Faster and Cheaper Internet, Free WiFi in Schools
  • Scholarships, Subsidies and Support for Reviewees, Students and Educators, Salary Upgrades for Educators;
  • Employment, Entrepreneurship, Ease of Doing Business, OFW Reintegration, Enhanced TESDA, all for Economic Development;
  • Anti-Corruption, Anti-Red Tape, Pro-ASEAN integration, Amend CPD, Accountability in Government Service
  • Nation-Building, Nominees are CPA-Deans, Educators, Book Authors, Practitioners and HR Professional

There were two points that caught my interest. First the establishment and enhancement of public libraries via the Enhanced Public Libraries Act and the OFW Reintegration Act.

The first one that hit me is the need for any local public library to attract today’s younger generation to love going to the libraries and read, read and read; not just depend on the Net alone.

For him, the Generation Zers could be a challenge in implementing the Enhanced Public Libraries Act. How would he intend to implement it? He considered it as a twin bill–pass the free WiFi as the data infrastructure. The physical infrastructure will follow–the materials, the employees as the brick and mortar way because he doesn’t believe that today’s students can rely on smartphones alone in gaining knowledge. He wants to add more public libraries in the city that is accessible of course to all students and out-of-school youth.

According to Ballada, the OFW Reintegration Act was an idea of the party’s third nominee Dr. Christopher Biore, CPA, MBA, a Dean, an Advocacy Projects Mentor and a Book Author. He was able to incubate a lot of business ideas that won in competitions abroad. His works were tested in the Univedrsity of Cebu. Though ASEAN hasn’t really worked hand in hand with any government agency or with Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA)–the group is confident enough that they can facilitate the vision in providing business concepts to returning OFWs and invest and grow the money they earned while working across the globe.

ASEAN is worthy of a spot in Congress in the interest of the nation’s improvement in education. Vote for the Party with number 23 this coming Monday, May 13.

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Telepreneur supports Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino Partylist


The top leaders of Telepreneur, a multi-level marketing company and its three-million members expressed their solid support for the nominated reps Agakan Tomawis and Lorenzo Rellosa of Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino (ALIF) partylist in the coming May elections.

ALIF Partylist meets the Bloggers

Nominated reps Agakan Tomawis and Lorenzo Rellosa of Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino (ALIF) partylist during the Q and A with the bloggers. Photograph courtesy of Florencio Jusay Jr.

The Party is an organization devoted to serving Filipinos by providing livelihood programs and spreading technology as well as connectivity to far-flung areas of the country. It also aspires to empower the indigenous sector and the their families by providing access to government funds and programs that preserve heritage and culture.

Also, the Party provides sustainable livelihoods that have socio-economic impact.

ALIF’s collaboration with Telepreneur is timely as the Rellosa explains, “You and I, we are the modern indigenous Filipinos,” he explains. “Tayong mga lumalaban sa buhay, tayong mga hindi sumusuko, tayong mga nagmamahal sa bayan. Tayo ang mga modernong indigino. Gagawin ko ang lahat para isulong ang kabuhayan at kinabukasan ng ating mga kapatid na indigino.”

As for the founder of ALIF itself, Acmad Maruhom Tomawis organized the party in Marawi City in February 2003, after a series of consultations and meetings with indigenous cultural communities, including Muslim Filipinos. ALIF seeks to represent the marginalized and underrepresented sector of the indigenous groups particularly in Mindanao.

Today, Tomawis is still believed to be one of the most influential leaders in Mindanao, the leader trusted to bring back the peace and unity especially after the Marawi Siege, a five-month battle against the terrorists in Marawi. ALIF aims to reach out not only to the Mindanao tribes alone, but also to other underrepresented tribes all over the country.

Chuckie Antonio: From Showbiz to Public Service


At first glance, Chuckie Antonio is a potential candidate for showbiz matinee idol, but he’s not. Albert Alvin Lopez-Antonio III in real life is running as councilor for Quezon City’s District 3.

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In his younger years, he also tried his luck in the entertainment industry and was part of Star Circle in 2010, but later on, he found himself serving his constituents in his district.

When asked what concern[s] he was able to address during his three-term as Barangay Kagawad, he was quick to share: “Most of the works we do are on lifestyle programs. Programs that help the lives of the people in here (referring to District 3) easier.”

Despite being young, he wants to stress that, “I don’t believe that this new generation is technically better than the last one.

“My point here is–there has to be someone representing the youth when it comes to governing the people. Hindi masama ang dati, kailangan lang haluan ng makabago; para they can work hand in hand to produce something better.”

He may be the youngest, but he doesn’t lack in experience. He believes that has the drive, the aggression to make things better.

In his district, he may be representing the youth sector, but the senior citizens are very close to his heart.

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Some of the programs he’s actively involved with were the house-building and feeding programs of Gawad Kalinga (to which he’s an active member); feeding and lifestyle programs called PLA Loves Me Annual Feeding Program; livelihood, tech-based initiatives, and community job fairs; and the outreach programs by Ateneo Tulong Dunong.

He earned his entrepreneurial management degree at the University of Asia and the Pacific. He pursued his masters in management (specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation) at Singapore Management University.

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Despite being an independent candidate, he is firm to continue what he has started, no matter what, “I wanna push for it because I wanna do it.”

 

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