Platform (taken from http://jvestrada.com/about-jv/platform-a-advocacies.html)
GINHAWA PARA SA MASA
AKSYON NG PAGKAKAISA
EDUCATION: Kalidad na Edukasyong Makabago at Akma sa Kumpetensiya ng Bagong Siglo
Thrust: Education for 21ST Century Jobs
Action: Attune Educational Program to Job Market priorities & provide measures that will boost Skill Set of Filipinos
JOBS: Trabaho para sa Ginhawa ng Pamilya at Komunidad
Thrust: Job Generation to boost Family & Community
Action: Strengthen and/or augment legislation that encourage investors and industrial growth, especially in sectors that are fitted to Filipino skills and aptitude
WORKER’S PROTECTION: Tamang Batas para sa Pag-alaga sa Karapatan at Kaginhawaan ng Manggagawa
Thrust: Labor Laws that Protect Rights & Encourage Productivity
Action: Review laws and strengthen implementing regulations to ensure workers’ rights are safeguarded
MINDANAO: Prioridad at Pondo para sa Mindanao
Thrust: Priority Program and Funds for Full-Scale Mindanao Development
Action: Legislate proper resource allocation for Mindanao according to potential gains and development goals
Action On Education
1. ENSURE ACCESS OF THE FILIPINO YOUTH TO QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION BY DEVELOPING REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL HUBS.
Improve access to quality higher education by pushing for legislation that mandates the development and maintenance of quality state universities and colleges in at least every region.
Proximity is an important factor in improving access to quality higher education. The lone district of San Juan hosts one of the country’s 436 state universities and colleges, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan Campus. The dream is to ensure access of the youth to quality tertiary education in every region of the country.
2. SUSTAIN DRIVE FOR ANNUAL INCREASE IN SUCs BUDGETS.
Continue to work for the necessary increase in government funding for SUC’s to improve the quality of tertiary education.
The budget for SUC’s was raised significantly from P26.1 billion to 37.1 billion. It can be partially attributed to our persistence in congress to increase government funding in education. There is a need to increase the competitiveness of SUC’s vis-à-vis private higher educational institutions by providing financial support. Hence, it is necessary for SUC budgets to increase annually so that these institutions can hire qualified professionals, competent administrative staff and retain those who are already in the rolls.
3. WORK FOR LEGISLATION THAT INVESTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FILIPINO YOUTH FOR LEADERSHIP & NATION-BUILDING.
Empower the youth through a comprehensive development agenda that focuses on key areas such as business, leadership and nation-building.
The youth is an integral sector in society. Through the Sangguniang Kabataan, young people are empowered to get involved in key development issues and engage them in developing sustainable solutions to the problems that beset society. It is in this light that we fought the move to abolish it. In close coordination with the National Youth Council, Sangguniang Kabataan, Student Councils, and other socio-civic youth organizations, we hope to develop a youth agenda that will further develop and enhance their leadership potential to address social issues in a manner relevant to them.
4. MONITOR K+12 IMPLEMENTATION WITH END-IN-VIEW OF IDENTIFYING IMPROVEMENT AREAS & ENHANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE FILIPINO SCHOOL CHILDREN.
Improve the quality of implementation of the Basic Education Program through consistent review and ensure its competitiveness on the international level.
Having only been introduced recently as a basic education reform, there is a need to ensure that the program, its curricular demands, and other learning inputs are responsive to the needs of the youth. Hence, there is a need to conduct a yearly review of the program to refine it and incorporate the latest trends and best practices in other countries to make it competitive.
Action On Job Creation
1. WORK FOR APPROPRIATE MECHANISMS IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO ATTUNE COURSE OFFERINGS TO JOB MARKET NEEDS.
Review the curriculum of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) to ensure its responsiveness to manpower demands of trade and industry.
A challenge in trade and industry is to match the courses taken in universities with the demands of the workplace. Hence, there is a need to review the curriculum offered by universities and colleges to make it relevant to the manpower needs of trade and industry. This could enable corporations to expand their operations and spur demand for workers. The competition to attract workers will drive up salaries and benefits. State incentives can be provided to private educational institutions which will implement defined priority courses.
2. BOOST TOURISM GROWTH BY ENCOURAGING INVESTMENTS THROUGH INNOVATIVE INCENTIVE PACKAGES.
Recognizing the need to improve the tourism industry by encouraging investments in systemic infrastructure development, government incentive packages should be competitively packaged to attract investors.
Create jobs in the tourism industry by investing in upgrades to infrastructure such as hotels and restaurants near tourist spots and improving airports and seaports. Through this program, more tourists are expected to come to the Philippines. The high demand in this industry will lead to the creation of employment opportunities that aid the operation of these business establishments. Furthermore, this will stimulate local businesses, particularly those in the handicrafts industry.
3. STRENGTHEN LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT THE INVESTMENT AND GROWTH OF THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR.
Stimulate the agriculture sector through a comprehensive program geared towards new technologies, infrastructure development and market access.
The agricultural sector of the country has a potential to drive economic growth. However, in order to develop it, investment must be poured into basic farming needs such as hand tractors and other farm implements, fertilizers and insecticides. Furthermore, farmers need to be introduced to new technologies that can aid in boosting production. It is likewise important to invest in infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, community-run irrigation systems, rice and corn dryers, and warehousing facilities, in order to increase productivity.
4. ALIGN PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM ALLOCATIONS TOWARDS PROGRAMS THAT INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY & LEAD TO JOB CREATION AMONG THE POOR.
Reallocate a portion of the budget for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to increase productivity through job creation and accessible education.
Recognizing the importance of empowering the poor, we see the need to reallocate the funding for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to more sustainable government aid programs such as productivity, job creation, and accessible and affordable education. Thus, cash grants will only be given to those who are rendered unable or unfit to work by infirmities or old age.
5. SUPPORT LGU INITIATIVES THAT ENABLE PRODUCTIVITY & IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES.
Support local government unit initiatives that aim to increase productivity and uplift the lives of their constituents.
In order to address the issue of poverty, it is important for national government to provide support to local government units, especially in increasing productivity and creating livelihood opportunities for those within their jurisdiction. Ultimately, this contributes to the overarching goal of uplifting the living conditions of their constituents and the alleviation of poverty.
Action On Worker’s Protection
1. STRENGTHEN PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR OFWs IN RELEVANT LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY IN SETTING A CAP FOR PLACEMENT FEES.
Promote the welfare of OFW’s especially in availing services and government support.
We will push to implement a policy that reduces the placement fees being charged by recruitment firms to overseas-bound Filipino workers. Demanding for a cap on remittance fees is likewise a priority of the office. Furthermore, we will push for an increase in government funding for OWWA’s legal assistance fund and ensure its quick and expeditious release when there is an immediate need by an OFW.
2. MANDATE MEASURES THAT ENSURE QUALITY WORKING ENVIRONMENT IN BPO COMPANIES.
Implement health and safety measures to ensure the well-being of BPO manpower
BPO employees have been found to suffer from hearing impairment and larynx damage. While local reports are anecdotal, similar research and reports have been published by the United Nations proving this. Hence, it is important to coordinate closely with DOLE and DOH to create a healthy work environment for BPO employees.
3. WORK FOR THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE KASAMBAHAY BILL.
The next step after the passage and signing into law of the Kasambahay Bill is to ensure that its implementation is done in accordance with the intent and spirit of the law.
As one of the principal authors of the Kasambahay Bill, we deem it important to ensure that the labor of maids and household help is recognized with proper compensation and benefits. This should mean that they will receive minimum wage, 13th month pay and non-financial benefits such as an eight-hour rest every day and a day-off every week. We are committed to these goals and objectives for the purpose of creating a regime of prosperity and lasting peace, for only then can the Filipino people find their rightful place in the community of industrialized nations.
Action On Mindanao
WORK FOR LEGISLATIVE REFORMS THAT ENSURE DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AND GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES ARE ALLOCATED AND IMPLEMENTED FOR MINDANAO.
Promote economic growth and development in Mindanao through a comprehensive program that addresses key issues and maximizes the potential of the island.
The rich and fertile land of Mindanao can provide vast opportunities for the country, especially the agricultural sector. Essentially, the region can be developed to address the food security needs of the country and to grow crops for export. Furthermore, major cities such as Davao, General Santos, Cagayan De Oro, Iligan and Zamboanga, have trained and educated manpower that addresses the needs of trade and industry. The power needs can also be boosted with the immediate rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Complex.