The Philippines faces a multifaceted set of issues as a new administration is about to be ushered in on June 30, 2022. Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (or Stratbase ADRi), an independent strategic research organization, brought together experts from various fields to craft sixteen (16) policy recommendations for a strategic government agenda, with resilience and sustainability in mind, which the next administration may consider. Their policy recommendations, with specific points of action and intervention, have been compiled in a book “Beyond the Crisis: A Strategic Agenda for the Next President” which recently launched.
Jane T. Uymatiao is known as @citizenjaneph. She spent more than 15 years as an IT auditor/consultant at an accounting firm and another 2.5 years as VP-Head of a bank's Corporate Planning Division. She has been blogging for about 15 years now and is one of the early adopters of social media. She believes in active citizen engagement, pushing for transparency and good governance, and is regularly tapped to speak on social media-related topics. Her personal blogs are: yoga and wellness (yoginifrommanila.com), tech (titatechie.com), lifestyle (philippinebeat.com), and personal (janeuymatiao.com) Jane has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, major in International Business with a focus on Strategic Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified yin yoga teacher. More details at www.linkedin.com/in/janeuymatiao Disclosure for Elections 2022: Jane is a second cousin of Alex Lacson, who is running for senator. Updated: November 2021
The spirit of volunteerism is everywhere and it is unlike anything seen before in an election. People are contributing, donating, volunteering time and effort for their candidates.
Here’s another way you can volunteer!
(Note: This statement was released April 25, 2022 by the National Movement for Free Elections or NAMFREL. The statement came in the wake of a… Read More »NAMFREL calls on COMELEC not to weaponize power and authority against the people
Below is an open letter sent by Facts First PH to all the presidential candidates this afternoon. The #FactsFirstPH initiative is a multi-layer, multi-sectoral effort, composed of more than 120 (as of this writing) news outfits, business organizations, academe, civil society, legal and human rights groups, and religious to fight disinformation through truth-telling and debunking lies. The same letter will eventually be sent out to candidates running for Vice President and Senator.
The letter asks 3 things of the candidates to support the effort against disinformation networks during this time:
As a member of the #FactsFirstPH initiative, comprising more than 100 groups from different sectors, we at Blogwatch are compelled to add our voice to this joint statement to register our concern that these cyber attacks not only produce a chilling effect on bloggers like ourselves but put freedom of expression and our right to know at risk.
The battle for facts needs you.
This is what more than 100 organizations from the media, coalitions, civil society, business, academe, law, and the Church said as they launched a first-of-its kind initiative on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, called “#FactsFirstPH.”
FactsFirstPH brings together various sectors that are committed to promoting truth in the public space, and exacting accountability on those who harm it with lies.
Various artists launch ‘Tayo ang Tutugon’ music album highlighting key issues for the upcoming polls
Music and the arts have always been a part of the political scene. It will be no different this time as various artists, singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists under the newly-formed collective Musicians for Democracy (MD) produced a collaborative music album, “Tayo ang Tutugon!” which they will launch on November 10, six months before the May 2022 polls.
(We are reproducing in full the statement read by Dr. Anthony Leachon last October 19, 2021 at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the… Read More »Statement of Dr. Anthony Leachon before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (October 19, 2021)
6 past Department of Health (DOH) secretaries
3 past DOH undersecretaries
Several past presidents and leaders of medical societies
In total, around 470 doctors (and counting since more are signifying intent to sign…)
These are the doctors who, as of this writing, have put their signatures to the strong statement expressing indignation and a call to action (updated as of 13October2021).
Finally! The health sector is collectively calling out against corruption and its voice is LOUD AND CLEAR!
Is this the tipping point?
For the longest time, I had been quite frustrated with the medical profession. It was pretty obvious that the pandemic response since the beginning was short on science and long on political and economical fronts. In my mind, the people who could best lead the pandemic response, as well as give us updates fresh from the ground, were the healthcare workers themselves.