ARTICLE

THE ELECTION

REMINDERS DURING THE ELECTION

Task Force Election would like to remind everyone that we have the power to cause change.  We should and we could make our leaders listen to us.  Three important things to do during this election period:

1) Engage ourselves and share our stories with other community members;

2) Engage our political leaders through forums where we can discuss social issues; and

3) We should keep our leaders accountable to their promises and the platform that they said they would implement.

Task Force Election is reminding everyone to use Vision, Engagement with communities, Respect for the environment, Integrity, Track Record, Accountability, and Servant Leadership as standards in measuring the qualifications of our candidates.

Surveys and trends were also discussed during the forum.  It could be observed that the numbers were close to each other and there was really no clear frontrunner yet.  Each candidate has his own legal or political controversies to deal with.  This is why we should reiterate the value of our votes as each vote counts and matters so that the candidate of your choice would win.

Task Force Election would like to enlighten everyone by saying that our human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace.  We have the right to vote.  Candidates also have the right to be elected.  But in between those rights are numerous other human rights that should not be disregarded in the process such as protection from threats, abuse, vote buying, among others.  We can also use these attributes in measuring the qualifications of those running for government positions: Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Transparency, Human Dignity, Empowerment, Inclusiveness, and Rule of Law.

Let us all vote wisely this coming election. We hold the future in our hands so make your vote count and make sure that you choose the candidate that will represent your ideals for our beloved nation.


ON POVERTY

It is alarming to note that for a developed country such as the United States of America, poverty incidence is still at 12.7%. This translates to about 43 million Americans living in poverty. Needless to say, this is an important agenda among our candidates during the election.

Our organization conducts interviews about how people view poverty and we would like to share their answers with you.

IC: How do you think can we alleviate poverty?

INTERVIEWEE:  We really need agents of change here – the government and other experts who can offer opportunities for development.  The government should take care of our human resources.  There should be better coordination for their job placements and the industries. We have to spread out the industries so that they are not just centralized in the city.  We have to encourage the business sector to venture into other areas to give more job opportunities to the people and possibly, higher paying jobs in those areas.  When this happens, more people will experience an improvement in their lives. Education is also a big factor in empowering the people. This is such a competitive world that we live in.  When you do not have access to a good education, it is very unlikely that you will get a good job. That is why poor people have a hard time escaping their condition.  When they are not given proper education, most likely they lose the chance for a high paying job.

IC:  How do you feel when we discuss poverty?

INTERVIEWEE:  I am actually frustrated.  Poverty is a shameful state to be in, not just for the individual but for the society in general.  The poor people are helpless.  Their condition is a trap that is very hard to get out of.  They have lower self-esteem, they lose hope and just accept being poor as God’s will. One cannot help but blame the system.  The government is not doing its part that is why those who were born poor, die poor. Something has to be done.

IC: Yes, poverty is a call to action. We should choose the right leaders who will prioritize the interests of the poor in their agenda. That is why your vote matters.