2010 Elections: Senatorial Bets’ Stand Regarding the People’s Agenda

5. Nationalist Economic Policies. Will they work for national industrialization?

Franklin Drilon

Authored the Oil Deregulation Law and RA 8179 that further liberalized foreign investments in the country.

Satur Ocampo

Protect, support and subsidize Filipino industries as well as review and correct unfair and anti-Filipino trade policies (e.g. liberalization, deregulation and privatization);

Ensure the development of a self-reliant and competitive domestic economy

Repeal the automatic appropriations policy on debt and re-channel the debt service budget to social services and national development

http://satur4senator.com/platform

Called for a review, amendment or repeal neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

Liza Maza

I will push for the development of a pro-Filipino and pro-people economy free of the unjust impositions by foreign governments and organizations. I will also pursue a program for industrialization and implement a Filipino First policy in trade and finance, as well as protect and support local industrial producers.

Called for a review, amendment or repeal neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

Alex Lacson

The fourth little thing in his book says, “Buy local buy Filipino, do not buy smuggled goods.” (12 Little Things a Filipino Can do for his country)

Gilbert Remulla

Promises to increase government support (e.g. through microfinance) for small and medium enterprises, which, according to Remulla, comprise 95 percent of businesses in the country.

http://www.facebook.com/notes/gilbert-remulla/promote-smes-education-and-tourism-to-solve-poverty/365809137787

Gwen Pimentel

Believes that the Philippines should “reverse (its) economic policy, and strive for self-sufficiency in agriculture and the promotion of more local industries to produce the commodities that we need in order to reduce our dependence on imports” to increase employment opportunities for Filipinos in the country

?http://gwenpimentel.org/index.php?do=view&page=speeches&id=39

Will also support SMEs through “easier credit and financing through government banks in cooperation with the private sector, more technical assistance and guidance on what products to manufacture, as well as marketing.”

http://gwenpimentel.org/index.php?do=view&page=speeches&id=32

Jose P. De Venecia Jr

On use of indigenous people’s lands – Vast tracts are unused. These are mostly prime agricultural lands. To raise the IPs from their poverty, these vast lands should be opened to developers in partnership with native Filipinos.

Called for a review, amendment or repeal neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

JV Bautista

Will pursue reforms in the economy – at the very least give relief to the Filipino people from too much poverty.

Believes that nationalization of Agricultural Land will give landless peasants a land to till.

Juan Ponce Enrile

Pushes for tourism, agriculture and preservation of forests.

Called for a review, amendment or repeal neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

Supported the Senate ratification of JPEPA in 2008

Jinggoy Estrada

“We should take bold steps to modernize our agriculture now, especially in the face of the persistent global food crisis. The Philippines, being basically an agricultural country, has the great competitive advantage over most countries of the world in terms of ensuring food security and agri-business. The problem, however, is the lack of government investment in our countryside. Of course, we would also like to know why this government has been so aggressive in pushing these lease deals of our farmlands to the rich countries,” Estrada said.

Jose Apolinario Lozada Jr.

“Bakit ba gaya gaya tayo sa ibang bansa? Bakit di natin harapin ang hinaing ng ating mamamayan? The economy is for everyone, not for the white skinned or the moneyed alone.”

Danny Lim

“Yes, but the goal is to achieve this without infringing on rights already vested.”

Pia Cayetano

Only senator seeking reelection who opposed the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement

Called for a review, amendment or repeal of neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

Tito Sotto

Only comebacking senator who voted against the ratification of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1994.

Miriam Defensor Santiago

Called for a review, amendment or repeal neo-liberal policies like Oil Deregulation Law, Mining Act, Epira, GATT-WTO

Pushed for the Senate ratification of JPEPA in 2008

Lito Lapid

Supported the Senate ratification of JPEPA in 2008

Ramon Revilla Jr.

Supported the Senate ratification of JPEPA in 2008

6. Jobs and wages. Will they promote job creation and uphold job security by protecting domestic industry?

Franklin Drilon

Will strengthen cooperatives for small-time business owners. (Batas Media Reports with Frank Drilon)

Opposed moves to legitimate a substantial wage hike

Satur Ocampo

Ensure the workers’ right to a secure job and a living wage, including a stop to unjust labor contracting schemes

Filed bills providing for substantial wage hikes like the P125 across the board for minimum wage earners nationwide and the P3000 across the board increase for government employees.

Authored bills that aim to protect the rights and welfare of OFWs including Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act (expanding gov’t legal services to workers in distress)

Liza Maza

Adequate jobs and decent wages are what workers need. These, however, will be satisfied only if genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization are implemented, as well as if a pro-people economy that is protected against foreign impositions is developed.

Filed bills advocating for substantial wage hikes like the P125 across the board for minimum wage earners nationwide and the P3000 across the board increase for government employees.

Authored bills that aim to protect the rights and welfare of OFWs

Alex Lacson

In his book, he urged business owners to “pay employees well” (12 little things every filipino can do for the country)

Lacson also promised to provide education and job opportunities.

(http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=224839540264&share_id=115250145168839&comments=1

Gilbert Remulla

In his platform, Remulla committed to ” creating new jobs by developing small-scale & medium-scale entrepreneurship, funding truly Filipino enterprises, prioritization of export opportunities rather than importation and reviewing transportation laws on exploring the possibility of having drivers (bus drivers) covered by the minimum wage law or require operators to give their drivers fixed minimum salaries, notwithstanding fringe benefits.”

(http://www.gilbertremulla.com/gcr/pages/advocacy.cfm)

Adel Tamano

Agreed together with other Nacionalista senatorial best that it is time to review the minimum wage law.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=568669&publicationSubCategoryId=63

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