Transforming Agriculture

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT (Part 8 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party Improving Philippine agriculture, which includes fishery and forestry products, has been a persistent major issue since much of the 20th century. Unfortunately, we still continue to struggle to come to grips with it. So many … More Transforming Agriculture

Choosing and Adopting a Primary Language Soon

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT (Part 7 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party The Philippines is one of the probably very few countries in the world that do not speak a primary language on a national scale. This situation, unfortunately, has grave disadvantages, more directly in political and … More Choosing and Adopting a Primary Language Soon

Overhauling the Philippine Education System

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT(Part 6 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party There is a common acknowledgement that the quality of our education system is quite low. This observation, without doubt, has been validated by the poor results of the performance of our students in periodic international assessments … More Overhauling the Philippine Education System

SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCING POVERTY – Reducing Child Stunting

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT(Part 5 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party A heartbreaking face of poverty is the present-day preponderance of undernutrition of Filipino young children. The leading single measure of this undernutrition, or malnutrition generally, is stunting—the health condition of children under five years old of … More SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCING POVERTY – Reducing Child Stunting

Solving the problem of homelessness

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT (Part 4 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party The present widespread presence of homeless and informal settlers in our society is another tormenting face of dehumanizing poverty in our country. Improving their current condition clearly needs direct government intervention. Otherwise, this problem will persist for a long … More Solving the problem of homelessness

‘Siguradong sahod’ to substantially reduce poverty

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT (Part 3 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party If I were the next President, my overarching program is to substantially reduce poverty. There are several aspects to this great undertaking. I will deal first with what I call providing “Siguradong Sahod” to a targeted … More ‘Siguradong sahod’ to substantially reduce poverty

Containing COVID-19

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT  (Part 2 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to provide a much more effective, efficient, decisive and widely focused national leadership with the primary objective of transforming the Filipino nation into a fair, just, equitable … More Containing COVID-19

Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT… By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party (First of a series) As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to transform Philippine governance and Philippine society into an inclusive, fair and shared economy. The centerpiece and overarching program of that transformation will be the substantial reduction, if … More Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea