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Monday, 05 December 2011 13:35

Highlights of the 2nd Congress of PLM


The PLM’s Second Congress vowed to campaign for a Welfare State program with people’s control and participation; approved the amended Plataporma ng Masa; passed the organization’s two-year general action plan and a number of organizational resolutions; and elected a new set of leadership.

The Congress was attended by 300 delegates and around 150 observers. The main highlights of the Congress were the following:

  • The rejection of the neoliberal policies by the Noynoy Aquino government and the campaign for an alternative Welfare State program with people’s control and participation (see PLM statement below).
  • Energetic discussion on various aspects of the Plataporma ng Masa, which is considered as PLM’s platform of governance:

There was a lively debate around PLM’s proposal to legalize divorce on the basis of simple procedures and upon the request of any of the parties involved.

It was noted that only two countries – the Philippines and Malta – considered divorce illegal. (Just recently, Malta had legalized divorce and this left the Philippines as the only country in the world where divorce is illegal; Vatican City is not considered a country by many nations).

All of the women delegates who stood up during the debate pounded on the need to legalize divorce on political and practical considerations, while some of the male delegates took a conservative position.

The PLM proposal to legalize divorce was approved resoundingly by the Congress.

Another area of debate was the proposal on the floor to introduce “rent-to-own” mechanism for houses rented by the poor. The proposal was in lieu of the failure of the present government to provide affordable housing for the poor. A debate ensued on whether or not this was a good temporary mechanism for the poor tenants, and whether the small rentiers (also belonging to the poor) were disadvantaged by such arrangement.

The Congress decided to shelve the proposal for further study.

The Congress also approved the following resolutions: formation of a consultative council to be composed of representatives from mass organizations which are founding organizations of PLM; formation of a PLM youth group; popular discussion of women’s socialist orientation; and the adoption of a party hymn.

The Congress also elected a new set of leadership from the party chair to the 38 members of the national council. #


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