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[Statement] Aquino Must Intensify Truthful Information Drive on PhilHealth and Benefits -KAMP

Amended PhilHealth is Health Insurance Coverage, Not Universal Health Care
Aquino Must Intensify Truthful Information Drive on PhilHealth and Benefits

President Aquino’s administration piggy-backs its Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) drive on the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). It even dubs the newly amended National Health Insurance Act (R.A. 10606), which revises policies governing programs and operations of PhilHealth, as the Philippine Universal Health Care Law.

KAMP

Additional and enhanced benefit packages are a welcome improvement but insurance against health risks will not guarantee every Filipino’s access to health care, which includes health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention and medical intervention in times of illness. Further, not even a mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all Filipino citizens will ensure that members will be able to claim much-needed health services when they do not even know the existence of such programs, are not aware of the process of availment and cannot and/or do not know how to comply with the attendant documentary requirements.

These issues and more surfaced during the civil society forum, “Universal Health Care: Posible ba sa Amended PhilHealth?” held last Friday, 27 September 2013, in Quezon City through the joint effort of health advocates Action for Economic Reforms, Alternative Budget Initiative Health Cluster of Social Watch Philippines, Coalition for Health Advocacy and Transparency, WomanHealth Philippines and the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP).

During the event, more than 100 representatives from different organizations—women, informal settlers, differently abled, persons with genetic disorders, labor unions, youth and the elderly—engaged PhilHealth officers in shedding light on salient points of the amended law, its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), membership contributions and benefits, and mechanisms for people’s participation in monitoring and further improving the corporation’s operations and health insurance coverage.

What became clear during the discussion were the limited spaces for the public to engage PhilHealth as exemplified by the seemingly rushed public consultation on the new IRR, absence of/inadequate mechanisms for public participation in decision-making processes, and weak information and education campaigns. It was also stressed that the corporation’s programs remain focused on curative interventions and will still entail significant out-of-pocket payments for non-sponsored members. This highly questions the universal health care thrust of the Aquino administration considering the negligible difference in incomes, thus ability to pay, between sponsored members who are below the poverty threshold and the supposed “non-poor” who are above it.

Access to primary care benefits, such as consultation and counselling services for disease prevention and diagnostic examinations, is also presently limited to Sponsored Members or those whose membership contributions are paid by government agencies or other entities such as private companies or individuals. Those identified under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development are eligible as beneficiaries of the Sponsored member program.

Since the Aquino administration seems to be using a targeted or selective approach instead of universalism and confuses universal health insurance coverage with universal health care, it is urgent that it comes out with its time frame in rolling out policies and programs to address health needs of every Filipino. Unless, PNoy and government health agencies are content with the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan propaganda line and in repackaging insurance as health care, in the same way it is attempting to repackage the highly controversial pork barrel system.

As for us in the civil society network of health advocates, we immediately demand the opening and enlargement of spaces for people’s participation in public health issues and public provision for health care starting with broader access to information and an intensified, and TRUTHFUL, awareness-raising campaign on PhilHealth. ###

Serbisyong Pangkalusugan: Saan Man, Sino Man, Kailan Man

Makataong Pamumuhay para sa Lahat !

PRESS STATEMENT

1 October 2013

For Interviews: Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Lead Convenor
For Correspondence: Don Pangan, Media Liaison Staff
Email: kamp.secretariat@gmail.com
Phone: 0927-3477205

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[Statement] KAMP enjoins PNoy to listen to public demands vs. corrupt officials and pork barrel

KAMP enjoins PNoy to listen to public demands vs. corrupt officials and pork barrel
Our Money, Our Lives: Public Funds for Public Services

We, the women, youth, workers, informal settlers, farmers, farmworkers, differently abled, persons with genetic disorders and the elderly, from the multi-sectoral campaign network of the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) raise our voices in unison with the sound of people’s clamor for justice on the pork barrel and budget scams.

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Today we join our fellow Filipinos in launching the Kilusang Masa KONTRA TRAPO AT KONTRA PORK (KonTRAPOrk) and demand for the immediate removal of all discretionary funds from the clutches of all politicos and direct this to ensuring public well-being by providing for universal health care, quality education, living pensions for the elderly and differently abled, socialized and humane housing, access to safe drinking water, electricity, transportation and most importantly, jobs generation and livelihood opportunities.

We are the sectors who directly suffer from daily deprivation and social exclusion caused by prevalence of poverty and inequality. Yet, despite meager resources, we bear the brunt of paying taxes both on our income and on consumption of goods and services. Time and again we have questioned this condition, collectively came up with answers and brought these to the attention of the government. But time and again, many of those in public office miserably fail to grasp the essence of their being servants of the people and short-changed us with palliative and temporary solutions at the pretext of lack of funds. Now, these disgraceful TRAPOS engage in a blame game as they fight over what they did with our money as if this grand theft is a mere issue of figures in pesos, and even foreign currencies.

It is disgusting at how thick their skulls and skins have become to the extent of not knowing and not feeling that what they did with our money, they did with our lives. By denying us our own resources, they have robbed us of opportunities to get out of poverty, to address inequality, to live a life of dignity.

How the government handles these pork barrel and budget scams is equally revolting. Instead of reviewing its already questionable priorities, protecting our money from further misuse and instituting reforms in the budget process, the Aquino administration and allies in Congress have merely repackaged the pork barrel system. And it looks like they are using the tactic of misdirecting public attention by branding and exerting all efforts to prove Napoles as the scam mastermind as if she alone conceived and executed the grand theft. Meanwhile, Congress is railroading the passage of the General Appropriations Act, with the pork barrel and presidential special purpose funds remaining untouched.

Clearly, honor has become a big word for the TRAPOS who have proved themselves unworthy of public trust. It is unfortunate that we, the people, are made to pay the price for the failure of government officials to serve our interest.

We, the network of people from grassroots communities and various organizations united within KAMP, joining the KonTRAPOrk mass movement against corruption and the pork barrel system, refuse to remain victims of greed, deception and abuse of power of public officials. The power to change this situation lies in our hands. We have done this before, we can and we will do it again.

People’s money for people’s protection
against poverty and inequality!
Public funds for public services!
Makataong Pamumuhay para sa Lahat!

PRESS STATEMENT
1 October 2013

For Interviews: Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Lead Convenor
For Correspondence: Don Pangan, Media Liaison Staff
Email: kamp.secretariat@gmail.com
Phone: 0927-3477205

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[Statement] Ibasura ang Pork Barrel! Pondo ng Bayan, Direktang Ilaan sa Serbisyo at Kabuhayan -KAMP

KAMP on Pork Barrel

Ibasura ang Pork Barrel!
Pondo ng Bayan, Direktang Ilaan sa Serbisyo at Kabuhayan

Kahindik-hindik para sa Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) ang patuloy na pagkiling at pagtatanggol ng Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa taunang alokasyon ng 25 bilyong pisong pondo ng bayan para sa Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) o mas kilala sa tawag na “pork barrel” sa kabila ng umaalingasaw na anomalyang kinasasangkutan dito ng maraming mga mambabatas, kasama na ang mga kaalyado ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

Malaking insulto sa mamamayan na hindi malaman ni PNoy kung paano at saan ilalaan ang pondo sakaling tanggalin ito sa kamay ng mga nagpapasasang konggresista’t senador. Nakapagtatakang may nakikita pa siyang kabutihang naidulot ng PDAF samantalang malinaw na hanggang ngayon ay nananatiling tatlo sa bawat sampung Pilipino o 27.9 porsyento ng kabuoang populasyon ng kanyang mga “boss” ay naghihikahos at nadagdagan ng 600,000 ang dami ng mga nakaranas ng gutom mula Enero hanggang Marso 2013.

Nasaan ang pakinabang at sino ang nakikinabang sa buwis ng sambayanan? Kapos na kapos ang serbisyong nararapat para sa mamamayan. Sa halip na gamitin ang pondo para sa pangkalahatang proteksyong panlipunang magtitiyak ng wastong pamamahagi ng kita at kayamanan ng bansa tungo sa makataong pamumuhay para sa lahat, pilit na pinanatili ni PNoy ang kalakarang nakasalalay sa personal na pagpapasya ng iilan kung paano gagastahin ang kaban ng bayan.

Wala raw pondo para sa pangunahing karapatang pantao

Noong Marso 2013, ibinasura ni PNoy ang mungkahing batas, Magna Carta of the Poor, na magtataguyod ng limang pangunahing karapatang-pantao: wasto at sapat na pagkain, disente at abot-kayang pabahay, trabaho at kabuhayan, de-kalidad na edukasyon at serbisyong pangkalusugan. Ang dahilan: walang pondo at hindi nailagay sa dokumento ang katagang “progressive realization” o papa-unlad na pagsasakatuparan ng mga karapatang ito.

Ang taunang 25 bilyong pisong alokasyon sa PDAF ay katumbas ng pabahay para sa 62,500 pamilyang informal settler (P400,000 bawat isa). Halos 30 porsyento ng 92 milyong Pilipino ay informal settler. Tatlong taon nang naghihintay ang 104,000 pamilyang mahihirap na nakatira sa mga peligrosong lugar sa Metro Manila para sa katuparan ng P50 bilyong pabahay. Pautang pa ito ni PNoy samantalang ang PDAF ay libreng ipinamimigay!

Sa 25 bilyong piso, halos 14 milyong Pilipino na ang libreng maisasali sa programa ng PhilHealth gaano man kakapos ang serbisyong ibinibigay nito. Kahit paano’y maiibsan sana ang mahigit 50 porsyentong gastusin sa serbisyong pangkalusugan na direktang nanggagaling sa bulsa ng mamamamayan (Philippine National Health Accounts 2011).

Marami pang katumbas ang perang ito. Labas pa ito sa pondong nakalaan para sa mga programang nakatakda na sa ilalim ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at sa mismong pork barrel ng presidente.
Buwis, i-direkta sa Serbisyo, hindi sa bulsa ng sira-ulo
Tama si PNoy nang sabihin niya sa panayam ng mamamahayag na si Maki Pulido na kung sira-ulo ang magmamaneho ng kotse, pwedeng managasa. Pero alam na nga niyang sira-ulo, bakit bibigyan pa ng kotse? Unang-una, bakit ka mamimigay ng kotse na hindi naman sa iyo?

Malinaw na hindi buung-buong napapakinabangan ng mamamayang Pilipino ang PDAF. Panahon pa ng namayapang konggresistang si Romeo Candazo, ibinulaga na niya ang karumal-dumal na kalakaran sa paggasta sa pera ng mamamayan. May “kick-back” ang mga konggresista na umaabot sa mahigit kalahati ng presyo ng bawat proyektong pinopondohan ng pork barrel.

Tama at napapanahon na alisin na ang pork barrel. Tama at makatwiran na imbestigahan si Janet Lim-Napoles upang mapalutang ang mga senador at konggresistang kasabwat nito sa karumaldumal na krimen sa taumbayan. Ngunit, mas makakamit ang tunay na hustisya kung ang PDAF ay direktang pakikinabangan ng mga mamamayan.

Nararapat na ito ay ilaan sa proteksyon ng mamamayan laban sa lumalalang kahirapan at inekwalidad. Pondohan ang pagpapalawig sa serbisyong pangkalusugan, makataong programang pabahay lalo na sa mga maralita, paglikha ng trabaho, insurance para sa mga nawalan at hindi makakuha ng hanapbuhay, nakabubuhay na pension at suporta para sa mga matatanda at specially o differently abled, tiyak at de-kalidad na edukasyon para sa mga kabataan.

Alokasyon at Paggasta ng PDAF, walang Partisipasyon ang Mamamayan. Desisyon ng presidente ang alokasyon ng PDAF. Personal na diskresyon naman ng konggresista o senador kung paano gagastahin ang pondo.

Sa kalakhan, walang mahigpit na koordinasyon ang administrasyong Aquino sa mga civil society organizations kaya nakalusot ang mga pekeng NGO na naging kasabwat pa ng ilang mambabatas sa korupsyon sa pork barrel. Tama lang na maging mahigpit ang mga patakaran para sa mga grupong tumatanggap ng anumang tulong na gagamit ng mga pag-aari ng publiko.

Pagdating sa mga konsultasyon, kalimitang isinasali ng administrasyong PNoy ay mga kaalyadong organisasyon. Kung mapasama man ang mas malawak na pormasyon, puro mabilisang pagpupulong lang at madalas ay isinasantabi ang mga mungkahi ng mga ito sa kadahilanang walang “accreditation”. Suwertehin man na maimbita sa mga limitadong konsultasyon, wala pa ring saysay ang partisipasyon kung walang pagkilala ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Maraming paraan, hindi lang sa pamamagitan ng pork barrel, upang tiyaking ang buwis ng taumbayan ay direktang magsisilbi sa interes ng sambayanan. Ang mahalaga, paigtingin ng gobyerno ang mga mekanismo para sa malawak at makabuluhang partisipasyon ng mga mamamayan mula sa pagbubuo ng plano hanggang sa implementasyon at pagsubaybay dito. Ang kagyat na pagsasabatas ng Freedom of Information Bill ay isang kritikal na hakbang upang matiyak na sinusunod ng gobyerno ang mga prinsipyo ng accountability, transparency at partisipasyon ng publiko sa mga desisyon at gawain ng pamahalaan.

Honor ng mga Aquino: puro pagbabayad ng ilehitimong utang?

“Honor all debts” ang isang pamosong slogan ng ina ni PNoy, ang namayapang Presidente Cory Aquino. Dahil dito naisakripisyo ang serbisyong panlipunan para relihiyosong bayaran ang mga utang ng Pilipinas na karamihan ay hindi pinakinabangan. Nangutang pa ang gobyerno para bayaran ang mga ilehitimong utang na pinagpasasaan lang ng pamilyang Marcos at mga crony nito.

Ngayon, “honor all political debts” yata ang nasa likod ng katigasan ng sampalataya ni PNoy sa PDAF—isang paraan upang patuloy siyang suportahan ng mga pinagkaka-utangan niya ng kanyang tagumpay sa eleksyon at mapasunod o makontrol ang mga mambabatas. At kung ang batas na kaniyang sinusunod ay tulad ng Automatic Appropriations Law on Debt Servicing na awtomatikong nagtatakda ng budget sa pambayad-utang nang walang konsultasyon sa mamamayang pumapasan nito, delikado ang sambayanan.

Sa ganitong klaseng kalakaran, walang ibang natitirang sasandalan ang taumbayan kundi ang sarili niyang lakas at kapangyarihang singilin at sipain ang mga tila nagpapanggap na lingkod-bayan.

Sa ika-26 ng Agosto, aangkinin ng mamamayang Pilipino ang lakas at kapangyarihang ito: Isang milyong martsa sa Luneta at Mendiola. ###

Ibasura ang Pork Barrel!
Makataong Pamumuhay Para sa Lahat!

Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP)
Ika-21 ng Agosto 2013

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[Announcement] KAMP is currently in need of two (2) vibrant campaigners

KAMP is currently in need of two (2) vibrant campaigners

Dear Friends,

The Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) is a network of organizations that have come together to campaign for a life of dignity for all. For the past three years, it has built its constituency around the campaign for Transformative Social Protection agenda which include, among others, demands for secure and guaranteed employment, humane housing and universal healthcare. It is also developing its advocacies on living pension for the elderly, right to food and farmers’ insurance, as well as the de-privatization and de-commodification of essential services such as water and power.

KAMP is currently in need of two (2) vibrant campaigners to carry out its one year program:

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR CAMPAIGNERS (2)

General Responsibilities

As campaigners, each one is expected to assist the KAMP Secretariat and Agenda Groups in developing and executing their plans. In general, they will support KAMP in conceptualizing and strategizing its campaigns and advocacies, including lobby and network building, direct actions, and media work associated with the implementation of the KAMP’s programs.

Specific Tasks:

The Campaigner/s shall work closely with the Coordinator and the member of the Working Group who is in charge of a particular Agenda. In particular, He/She:

1. Helps in conceptualising ideas and plans for the effective implementation of KAMP’s campaigns and advocacies;
2. Works closely with the Agenda Groups and assists the groups in implementing their particular plans;
3. Writes position papers on specific issues related to KAMP works;
4. Drafts and circulates press/media releases, statements, media advisories and strengthens relations with the media;
5. Performs other tasks as designated and delegated by the Coordinator and the Lead Convenor.

Job Requirements:

1. With strong coordinative and networking skills
2. With technical skill in writing position papers, press releases and interest in media work, including social media;
3. Can perform multi-tasking under minimal supervision;
4. Has the ability to work under pressure and flexible schedule

If interested, please address your application to:

The Secretariat
Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP)

Email: kamp.secretariat@gmail.com

or through

Institute of Popular Democracy
85-B Masikap Extension
Brgy. Central, Diliman, Quezon City

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[Press Release] Death of Sec. Robredo a big loss to urban poor cause – Kilos Maralita

Death of Sec. Robredo a big loss to urban poor cause – Kilos Maralita

Urban poor groups will be missing a man who stirred the process of involving grassroots organizations in the formulation of a more humane policy in addressing the housing problems of informal settlers. The death Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary (DILG) Secretary Jessie Robredo, the groups said, is a big loss to the cause of the urban poor.

As DILG Secretary, Robredo also heads the inter-agency Technical Working Group created by President Aquino in 2010 tasked to formulate recommendations on how to address problems of the urban poor sector. With participation of Kilos Maralita and other urban poor groups, the TWG was able to formulate a new housing policy contained in a memorandum submitted to the President on March 15, 2011.

Said memorandum covers proposals for on-site/in-city relocation with people’s participation as a major element in formulating concrete
proposals for socialized housing projects. Unfortunately said memo has not yet been approved by Malacanang.

“Kumpara sa nakaraan, kakaiba ang naging karanasan ng maralita sa pamumuno ni Sec. Robredo. Nasa kanya ang senseridad at matibay na
paninindigan na malutas ang problema sa pabahay ng mga maralita sa mas makatao at maayos na paraan. Kaya naman napakataas ng respeto ng mga maralita sa kanya,” stated Kilos Maralita spokesperson Teody Gacer.

Kilos Maralita joined the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), the Caritas of Novaliches and other informal settlers in the 5:00 pm mass offering held at the St. Parish Cathedral in Commonwealth Quezon City.

Kilos Maralita and the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) opted to engage the TWG when it was formed on the ground that a new housing policy must depart from the previous policy of off-site relocation that denies informal settlers the right to the city.

At the moment and before the flooding and the untimely death of Sec. Robredo, urban poor groups under Kilos Maralita were in the thick of
preparing people’s proposals for in-city relocations of informal settler families living in the danger zones.

“Nakakapanghinayang lang na nawala si Sec. Robredo sa panahong ang proseso sa paglutas sa problema sa pabahay ng maralita ay umaandar na sa tamang direksyon”, added Gacer.

Gacer said urban poor groups do not want to see the TWG–led process stalled with the absence of Robredo. They appealed to the President
to assure the continuity of this process by approving the March 15 TWG recommendations and by assigning a likely-minded official in charge of the urban poor.

PRESS RELEASE
Kilos Maralita
21 August 2012
Contact: Bubuy Magahis
Coordinator, Kilos Maralita
09228877634

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[Press Release] Growth is inequitable under privatization and deregulation policy –KAMP

Growth is inequitable under privatization and deregulation policy –KAMP

President Aquino may have good numbers to show in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) but activists are putting up a major challenge on those figures: prove that the country’s economic growth is equitable.

The Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP) which joined Nagkaisa!, Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the Philippine Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) in the “Martsa para sa Alternatibong Ekonomiya”, said growth can only be meaningful if it gives people the chance to live a life of dignity.

The present reality, the group said, show otherwise. Despite more than a decade of growth, millions of Filipino remained poor while prices of goods and services are getting more inaccessible:

 there is a property boom, but urban poor families are being uprooted out of the cities
 despite the 6% growth half of the labor force are self-employed and unpaid workers while more than a third work as contractuals
 there is also a boom in private led medical tourism but poor Filipinos suffer deteriorating public health services
 private power and water utilities enjoy super profits while the people suffer one of the highest electricity and water rates in the world

“How can this growth become equitable when the most part of it went to the private sector, when the combined income of the top 40 Filipino billionaires is more than the combined income of the bottom 30% of the population?” lamented KAMP lead convenor Ana Maria Nemenzo.

Nemenzo said growth will always remain inequitable as long as privatization and deregulation remain the governing policy of the Aquino administration. She cited a study made by the PIDS which showed that 3 trillion of our Gross Domestic Product went to corporate
income while only 2.4 trillion went to family income.

Furthermore, the combined net worth of the top 40 billionaires (which receive numerous incentives from the government) amounted to PhP2 trillion, almost equivalent to the proposed 2013 national budget, while select poor families receive Php1,400 a month only from the palliative Pantawid Pamilya program of the government.

“Kung mayorya ng ating populasyon ay hirap na hirap na nabubuhay sa sariling sikap habang ang pribadong sektor ay kumakabig ng guaranteed profit sa kanilang negosyo na nagdudulot naman ng mataas na presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyo, hindi talaga magiging patas ang kaunlaran na
ito,” added Nemenzo.

KAMP is calling for the de-privatization of essential services such as power and water. It is also demanding for decisive and immediate government intervention to ensure guaranteed employment and decent work for all, universal quality healthcare, and an on-site\in-city decent housing program for the poor. (30)

PRESS RELEASE
23 July 2012
Contact: Wilson Fortaleza
09053732185

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[Event] Third People’s Mining Conference

Greetings of Peace in the Lord!

The Philippines is one of the most mineral-rich nations in the world, with enough deposits to support the country’s industrial development. Most of our people, however, remain mired in the poverty and misery caused by the exploitation of our mineral resources.

The country’s lopsided mining policies have significantly contributed to this dire situation. Communities have long protested against the liberalization of the Philippine mining industry, which allowed the government to open up mining areas to foreign firms and corporate interests at the expense of the nation’s domestic needs, people’s livelihood and health, and ecological protection. The Aquino administration has continued to support foreign-oriented mining and has neglected the people’s clamor to stop mining liberalization and plunder.

The time is ripe to strengthen our alliances, networks and campaigns against destructive large-scale mining and liberalization.

We would thus like to invite you and the lay leaders of your community to the Third People’s Mining Conference, with the theme “Heighten our Struggle for Land, Life and Environment! Stop Mining Plunder!” on March 1 to 2, 2012 at the Tagaste Retreat House, Magallanes Drive, Sta. Rita, Tagaytay City.

The conference aims to consolidate the experiences of mining-affected communities, formulate national and local campaign strategies, and tackle emerging issues and legislative measures related to mining.

Participants are requested to raise their own travel funds and the registration fee of P1, 000.00 to cover board and lodging and materials. Attached to this invitation is the tentative program for the conference, and a reply form. To confirm participation, kindly send the accomplished reply form to 3rdpeoplesminingconference@gmail.com or fax to (02)920.9099 not later than February 25, 2012. For inquiries kindly contact or call us in the said email address and phone number.

We pray that you respond positively to this invitation. Thank you very much, and God bless.

For the people and the environment,

Bishop Elmer Bolocon
Executive Secretary
Ecumenical Bishops

Fr.Oliver Estor,solt
Convenor
Forum Stewards of Creation

Clemente Bautista, Jr.
National Coordinator
Kalikasan-PNE

Joan Jaime
Secretary-general
Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan
ng Pilipinas (KAMP)

Frances Quimpo
Executive Director
Center for Environmental Concerns
(CEC-Philippines)

[Press Release] 99% endorse PALEA resolution at NAPC sectoral assembly

The basic sectors, the 99% of the Filipino people have spoken.  Contractualization as a policy was rejected and they want President Aquino to utilize his powers to cause the reinstatement of 2,600 regular employees locked out by PAL beginning October 1, 2011.

This was the unanimous sentiment of the different sectors that gathered at the National Anti-Poverty Commission’s (NAPC) National Sectoral Assembly held from October 17-19 at different venues in Quezon City.

The Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP), a coalition of different sectoral and civil society organizations campaigning for a life of dignity for all, is one of the many groups that attended the sectoral assembly.  KAMP is pushing for the universalization of social protection policies such as decent housing, employment guarantees, healthcare, and other social protection measures for the poor and marginalized sectors.

KAMP coordinator Wilson Fortaleza, said a resolution, “expressing deep concern on the harmful consequence of outsourcing/contractualization schemes to the exercise of labor rights; and urging President Benigno S. Aquino III, with all his powers to intervene in labor-management disputes vital to national interest, to reinstate with full rights the 2,600 workers locked out by PAL on October 1, 2011”, was unanimously approved, first by the non-government organizations (NGO) sector and later by the women, youth and students, the elderly, and even the children sectors who gathered at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City.

A similar resolution was also approved in the formal labor sectoral assembly held at another hotel where workers in the formal, informal, and migrant sectors were gathered.

“Now that the boss had spoken loud on this particular issue of contractualization and outsourcing in PAL, the ball is now on the hands of the President.  Either he is for the 99% or he is for the 1% represented by Mr. Lucio Tan,” said Fortaleza.

The “We are the 99%” slogan popularized by the “Occupy Wall St.” protesters, added Fortaleza, is also gaining interest from the basic sectors.

Created under Republic Act 8425, the NAPC institutionalizes the government’s Social Reform Agenda (SRAs), which aim is to strengthen and invigorate the partnership between the national government and the basic sectors.

PRESS RELEASE
Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay
20 October 2011
Contact:  Wilson Fortaleza
KAMP Coordinator
09053732185