An assessment of policy statements on health, education, Job creation & food security

As part of our #Election2016 series called “Public Choice”, we analyzed the policies of the presidential candidates in the area of Health, Job Creation, Education, and Food security.

A survey conducted by  Pulse Asia back in December 2015 found that health was the leading personal concern among voters with 62% of respondents saying staying healthy and free of illness was a most urgent personal concern of theirs, ahead of finishing school or providing an education for their children (48%), securing a well-paying job or source of income (43%), and having enough to eat everyday (41%).

the life we want

These personal concerns are also revealed in NEDA’s “Ambisyon Natin 2040” Report. The report shows 79.2 percent of Filipinos want to live a “simple and comfortable life.” This includes a college education for all children; to earn enough money to purchase day-to-day needs; own a car and a medium-sized home; own a business; have time to relax with family and friends; and be able to take occasional trips around the country.

Emmanuel Doy Santos analyzed the policies of these four key concerns. They provide an assessment based on principled policy platforms. Take time to compare each candidate’s policies. You can also view the excel file here.

Click the links below to read more on the assessment of their policy statements.

Health: Why Health Should Be the Defining Election Issue of 2016

Education: Assessing the Candidates on Education

Job creation: Screening the Candidates on Job Creation

Food security : Weighing up the Candidates on Food Security

READ : Which presidential candidate should I vote for on May 9?

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 13 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 23 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as (parenting) , (recipes), (gadgets) and (lifestyle), keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.


I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party.

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated Juky 15, 2019

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