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The Philippine Medium Term Development Program of 2006: The Viability of Super Regions as a Philippine Public Policy A Research Paper Presented to Dr. Teresita Pareja Languages and Literature Department College of Liberal Arts De La Salle University-Dasmariñas In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements in Communication Arts and Skills II (English 102) Presented by: Carlo Vincent G. Balicas Mar Edward Earl S. Dales Lyndone Kristoffer dela Cruz Political Science 4-1 January 23, 2008 CHAPTER 1
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  The Philippine Medium Term Development Program of 2006: The Viability of Super Regions as a Philippine Public Policy A Research Paper Presented toDr. Teresita ParejaLanguages and Literature DepartmentCollege of Liberal ArtsDe La Salle University-DasmariñasIn Partial Fulfillment of the Requirementsin Communication Arts and Skills II (English 102)Presented by:Carlo Vincent G. BalicasMar Edward Earl S. DalesLyndone Kristoffer dela CruzPolitical Science 4-1January 23, 2008  CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION “I am not here to talk about politics; I am here to talk about what the people want;details on the state of the nation and what their government is doing to make progress every single day.” -President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (SONA 2006) Every Philippine Presidents has their own policies and programs to achieve their vision for every Filipinos. It can be a blueprint, plan, program or projects that will bepresented in the State of the Nation Address. As what stated in the 1987 PhilippineConstitution Article 7 Section 23 wherein the President shall address the openingsession of the Congress of the Philippines. According to Abinales (2005), it is not thefirst time (Arroyo) a president promised Filipinos a government strong enough toaddress their needs. Marcos said “This nation can be great again” or Magsaysay andAquino repairing the state’s democratic foundations. This statement of Abinales is partof the effort of each president to present the message of what we are going as a peopleand as a nation. Moreover, this commitment of the Philippine Government particularlythe Chief Executive must have a concrete Public Policy to analyze the problem andaddress it for possible solutions. A proposed course of action of a person, group or environment within the policy was proposed to utilize and overcome in an effort to reacha goal or realize an objective or purpose (Friedrich in Anderson, 2000). This involvesthe different ways or strategies that policy implementers looked on the demands,decision, statement, output and outcome. The policy implementers, particularly thePresident, will consider the different aspects that the policy will affect or benefitparticular constituents. In the 2006 State of the Nation Address, President Arroyopresented a breakthrough of concretizing a Medium Term Development Programdubbed as “Super Regions”.This Super Region concept is the division of the Philippines into sub-parts thatwill address the need for economic development.The Northern Luzon Quadrangle,Luzon Urban Beltway, Central Philippines, Mindanao and Cyber Corridor- a partition of   the Philippine provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that has the neededresources(human and natural capital) to boost the investors’ confidence in the countryand realize the Government’s vision for national development. It is the first time alsothat a concrete public policy will now address the country’s efforts to achieve the statusof a First World Country. It is now a response to “a more basic policy issue is the rolethat the government should assume in promoting and sustaining nationaldevelopment.”( Ocampo in Tapales, 1995) This is a structural change to the publicpolicy that past administrations have done within their term limit and putting into view amore concrete and longer development plan. Aquino placed her efforts for a democraticinstitution ground-up; Ramos has the Philippines 2000 and Estrada on Angat Pinoy2004/ But none of them did an ambitious, realistic development plan to address theplight of the Filipinos. On the other hand, President Arroyo gave us a program that willdetermine our different capabilities and potentials as part of the Super Region concept.This term paper will determine the Medium Term Philippine DevelopmentProgram particularly the Super Regions in the context of Public Policy. Is it a viableprogram to address the needs of the nation? Can it be a genuine public policy that willundergo different methods to achieve its aspiration? Walden Bello (2004) said Thepromise of political liberation and economic and social progress has just remained: apromise. Is this a promise of a Messiah in our midst or the public policy presented byPresident Arroyo is a step in achieving the long promise of quality of Filipino lives?  Background of the Research Paper  The State of the Nation Address last July 23, 2007 is a collaboration of theaccomplishments made by the present administration on their plan of Super Regions.As what President Arroyo (2007) said that “The time is here for facing forward for abetter future our people so desperately want and richly deserve”. She explained theefforts of her administration to fulfill the vision that she presented last July 24, 2006 touplift the Filipinos from poverty. Infrastructures like roads, airports and portsinterconnecting the provinces and decentralization of National Agencies to provide moredevelopment in the countryside and economic growth as well.This Super Region concept is the answer to the 10 point Agenda done by theArroyo Administration in 2004-her election as president. Particularly, Agenda No. 4 and6 pertains to the creation of this public policy which states the Decentralization progressacross the Nation through the public investments in infrastructure. It is also amanifestation of the commitment of this government in the creation of a Medium TermPhilippine Development Plan (2004-2010) which involves the primary mission of povertyalleviation. Under the National Economic and Development Authority, it created adevelopment plan with partition: Economic Growth and Job Creation, Energy, SocialJustice and Basic Needs, Education and Youth Opportunity and Anti-Corruption andGood Governance. This detailed program will determine through its results to achievethe United Nations Millennium Development Goals which our country is a signatory. Theprimary objective of it is for the member governments to answer the call for theachievement of the 8 priority goals: End Hunger, Universal Education, Gender Equality,Child Health, Maternal Health, Combat AIDS/HIV, Environmental Sustainability andGlobal Partnership. MTPDP envisions that through the partition and implementation of the programs economic opportunities and stability in the nation will be achieved.According to the NEDA website-MTPDP (2008), for the economic growth-it will focus onthe small, medium, micro and agriculture businesses for the production of jobs andeconomic strengthening. There is a need also to intensify the global competitiveness of the businesses in order to survive globalization. For the energy sector, energyindependence can only be achieved through alternative and renewable energies and
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