Manila, Philippine----It was just 12 months to go before the 2010 polls, veteran community organizers and development workers across the country made a nationwide movement on Sunday to get rid of poll-buying.
The ChangePolitics Movement, with Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, will trace the “vote-buying vulnerable areas” so that NGOs could pour their resources there and fight the corrupted Philippine politics.
The movement plans to turn these places into “vote-buying free areas” and “patronage and transactional politics” in the country the target year of 2022.
“Our members are already going around the country so that we could map out the vulnerable vote-buying areas,” Soliman said at the group’s launching at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
“And then we will invite and encourage development NGOs, micro-enterprise programs, cooperatives and livelihood programs to start helping these areas to decrease vote-buying because (people) will now have an answer to poverty,” she adds.
Soliman stated that her group can implement its plan because its core group of 2,000 members had “on average” 15 years experience in community development work and organizing.
“Why do we say this is doable? Because the individual members of ChangePolitics are former and current community organizers who have different ongoing development programs,” she affirmed.“In other words, this is a movement to link the development work that we do into getting and changing politics, one of which is by reducing the vulnerability to vote-buying,” she states. Soliman also said that the ChangePolitics members in the Visayas were already working to have their areas announced as “vote-buying free areas” by November.
Paula Isaiah L. Panganiban