ANGELES CITY -- Members of the civil society here recently formed a movement that will advocate for good governance.
The “Movement for Principled Politics in Pampanga” (MP3) was organized by known personalities in the city led by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo “Ambo” David, parish priest of the Holy Rosary Church here.
David said the movement, which is composed of “like-minded” ordinary citizens from various sectors, institutions, and organizations, seeks to promote common good through the practice of good governance and responsible citizenship in the province of Pampanga.
“It also seeks to counter the culture of patronage politics; the seeming apathy of citizens; the perceived incompetence of many [personalities] in the bureaucracy; and the unethical and unlawful practices among public-power holders,” David said.
The MP3, the bishop said, will engage the government in a constructive manner by checking and monitoring government’s conduct and performance as they use public resources to deliver services, improve the community welfare, and protect people’s rights.
Among the specific areas that the movement considers include the care for the environment, infrastructure development, traffic management, and processing of permits and licenses.
David said good governance is the path to achieve the common good through right decision-making processes, the end of which is desirable and beneficial to the people.
He said that there are two forces that drive good governance -- citizens and citizens’ groups -- who have the right and responsibility to contribute to decision-making processes.
“We believe that the aim of governance is to efficiently and effectively deliver services with preference to the marginalized by improving the people’s welfare and rights.
Majority of the members of the MP3 are also members of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in Pampanga, according to David.
He said that the MP3 and the PPCRV are pilot operations that, if successful, could be used as templates for replication in other parts of the province and the country.
Members of the movement are conducting regular meetings at selected place in the city.
Among those who are attending the meetings are Chris Maniago, Marina Fajardo, Neil Dizon, Noel Sibal, Pheng Buan, Weng Sibal, Fernando Nucum, Jr., Rodel De Ocera, Manny So, Ofelia Yabut, Lucy Surla, Rowell Surla, Dick Tiotuico, Gerry Tayag, Sister Josephine Nepomuceno, Edna Gueco, Benny Ortega, Abong Tayag, lawyer Alex Buan, and Frankie Villanueva. (Reynaldo G. Navales)