PLM on the Barangay election PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 October 2010 19:45

PLM Statement on the Barangay Election

 

The barangay election will be held on October 25. This is an occasion for us to expand our network on the grassroots level.  The election can be used to recruit new members of PLM and to propagate the Plataporma ng Masa.

 

We ask PLM members who are interested in the election to actively intervene by filing their candidacies as barangay captain or kagawad.  Our PLM chapters or organizers in the area can assist the candidates. The PLM can also field entire slate which includes the captain and seven kagawad candidates. As of today, there are more than 100 reported PLM members running in the barangay election.

 

Since the barangay electoral law prohibits the participation of parties in the election, we remind the PLM candidates that they are running as independents and not as members of PLM or any political party.  The PLM cannot fund the activities of any candidate.

 

We will try to help the PLM members primarily through assistance in organizing (if there are chapters and organizers in the area), assistance in propaganda (leaflet and small posters and coverage through our newspaper and radio program), and assistance in convening barangay assemblies.  The assistance will be on a very minimum scale and based on the capacity of the national office to provide for our members and sympathizers.

 

Three Demands

 

We also require the candidates we are supporting to carry the following three urgent demands during the barangay campaigns. (Please see the “Primer Hinggil sa Mga Isyu sa Barangay.") The three demands are lifted from the Plataporma ng Masa, the governmental platform that PLM adheres to.  These demands can be combined with other demands, but they are the basic demands that we will carry in our campaign in the barangay:

 

1.  Larger decentralized funds for barangay and barangay projects.

  • The barangays should receive 50% of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) from the government as a co-equal branch of local government unit to the provincial, municipal and city governments. The barangay should not be made beholden to the local and national trapos who control the allocation of budget from national sources.

 

2.  Participatory budgeting in the community through the barangay assemblies.

  • The residents should be consulted and should have decision-making power over the priority projects or local services in the community (health, water, electricity, sanitation and the likes).

 

3.  Transformation of barangays into organs of popular power through the formation of barangay assemblies composed of representatives of all the household families in the community.

  • This is the principle of direct democracy that we want to see in action. It runs counter to the “representative democracy” that is beholden to elite and trapo rule. The masa should be represented in the basic political unit of the country.

 

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