More than 30 individuals and leaders of progressive organizations in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula and neighboring provinces gathered in Zamboanga City today for the Zamboanga People’s Summit to present the Zamboanga People’s Agenda for the first 100 days of President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The Zamboanga People’s Summit is part of the nationwide consultations being conducted by progressive organizations which will culminate in a Mindanao People’s Summit in Davao City on June 28 and the National People’s Summit on June 29. Delegates from the Zamboanga People’s summit will present the Zamboanga People’s Agenda which will be part of the Mindanao People’s Agenda.
Health Alliance for Democracy hosted a forum on July 24, Friday. The first part: Prospects and Challenges under the Duterte Presidency was discussed by Renato Reyes of BAYAN. Meanwhile, the People’s Health Agenda which is about the current health situation and the proposals of various health groups and advocates for the incoming Duterte administration was discussed by Dr. Julie Caguiat of Community Medicine.
An open forum was held after each topic. Renato Reyes answered questions regarding the upcoming peace talks between the National Deocratic Front of the Philippines and the Government of the Philippines. There is hope that the root cause of armed struggle would be solved given the incoming Duterte administration’s positive outlook with regard to the peace talks. However, imperialist interests, bureaucrat capitalists, and feudalism will still remain as they will not simply hand over their control on the government. This is why people must remain vigilant, demand for just and lasting peace, human rights and social services, and uphold the interests of the masses through mass actions and other forms of struggle.
Meanwhile, the People’s Health Agenda was further discussed by health workers, organizations, individuals and members of communities. Queries, suggestions, and improvements to the initital written agenda were taken, discussed, and put on record. A strengthened and more comprehensive People’s Health Agenda will be submitted to the incoming DOH Secretary and the Duterte administration.
June 17, 2016
Groups gearing for People’s Summit on eve of Duterte inauguration
Various groups are now preparing for a National People’s Summit on June 29, the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. The Summit is being convened by the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, the Makabayan Coalition, Pagbabago People’s Movement for Change, peace advocate Kapayapaan, and the UP Office of the Student Regent. It will be held on June 29 at the University of the Philippines Diliman Film Center from 9am to 12nn.
The multi-sectoral event hopes to put together the People’s Agenda for the first 100 days of the Duterte presidency as well as a program for “nationalist and progressive change”. The summit will give proposals on 5 key areas: economy, social policy, peace and human rights, anti-corruption and governance and foreign policy. These will then be compiled and during the summit, submitted to the members of Duterte’s cabinet, leaders of Congress and the peace panels of the GPH and NDFP.
“We see an extraordinary opportunity to advance pro-people measures under the Duterte administration. Through these proposals, we hope to be able to encourage the new government to take the extra step towards achieving meaningful change.This includes genuine land reform, national industrialization, an independent foreign policy, a progressive social policy and the respect for human rights,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.
The Summit proposals will be submitted to representatives of the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Members of the progressive movement who are now part of the Duterte cabinet such as DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano and DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo have been invited to receive the People’s Agenda. Allied lawmakers from the House and the Senate will also be invited to receive the proposals from the mass movement. The Summit proposals will also be given to the GPH and NDFP peace panels who will also be tackling important issues such as socio-economic reforms.
“The mass movement meanwhile will continue to fight for these demands in various arenas. The task of bringing about fundamental change falls not just on elected and appointed officials. An active and vigilant citizenry is the most decisive factor in pushing for change,” Reyes said.
After the summit, groups will begin a vigil countdown in Mnaila to mark the end of the Aquino regime. There will then be a big rally on June 30, coinciding with the presidential inauguration. The rally will be in support of the peace talks, the release of political prisoners, the people’s agenda for change and in support of Duterte’s pro-people pronouncements and programs. ###