Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Important Issues on Philippines 2010 Election

I'd like to start a discussion on what do you think are the important issues should voters consider as priority when analyzing politician's or political party agenda come 2010 Philippine Elections. Those who participate will be invited to be part of the Philippines 2010 Election Bloggers social network and join the Bloggers Election Handbook development.

Personally, I am likely to look at the list below. However, the existence or mention of a program is not enough. There must be a clear program on how they are going to do it, where will the funds be taken, and its return or benefit.
  • Environmental agenda particularly:
    • Implementation of Clean Air act
      • Our country's pollution, greenhouse issues, and other ecological concerns feels like getting worst everyday. I'd like to see a clear action program in relation to that, rather than deferred implementation.
    • Alternative sources of energy
    • Solid and toxic waste management
  • Education
    • It has become an expensive budget item. What program shall be undertaken to ensure its quality while making it within our means?
  • Government Debt Reduction
    • We always hear that a big chunk of our national budget is spent on payment of debts. How do they plan to reduce it without accumulating more debt?
I'd like to believe that the discussion of important issues is important to start at an early time while there are no clear political players. This way, voters can exchange insights on important concerns and increase one's awareness on other issues too.

All inputs and blog posts on the various issues are collated in this Philippines 2010 Election Issues and Concerns spreadsheet. Hopefully, come election season, the list of concerns in the said spreadsheet can be used as a guide or checklist when finding out the agendas of political candidates. Depending on your point of view and beliefs, be able to assess who among the candidates shall likely deserve your vote.

Many thanks to those who shared their insight so far:
To keep the ball rolling, I invite you to share your point of view on this topic. I know that most of us haven't done any post related to politics. But I hope this will give you a good start.

Just post a comment with a url to your post and will link to it. Those who participate will be invited to be part of the Philippines 2010 Election Bloggers social network and join the Bloggers Election Handbook development.

I look forward in learning and gain more insight. Let's renew our interest in the country's electoral process once again. Here is also an interview with Arbet Bernardo who shared his insight on political blogging and why we should be involved.