Sa pamamagitan ng paglulunsad ng mga "popular education, mga demokratikong konsultasyon at pagtatayo ng mga popular na konseho ng mamamayan" sa grassroot level, tulad ng "pulong bayan, pulong baryo, pulong iskinita, pulong ng mga magkakapit bahay, " kung saan maaaring talakayin ang mga maiinit na isyung pang lokal-pangbarangay, kasama ang paghahanap ng "Katotohanan, hustisya at kaunlaran ." Ika nga ng mga Kaliwa, "BASE BUILDING."
Tulad nga ng paniwala ng marami, "wala sa testimonya ni Neri, salaysay ni Jun Lozada, sa Senate investigation, wala sa suporta ng kasundaluhan at middle class, wala sa elite opposition at CBCP ang susi ng ikatatagumpay" ng "KATOTOHANAN," "nasa mga sarili natin at nasa mga komunidad. Ang komunidad ang isa sa magsisilbeng lunsaran ng pakikibaka't labanan para ipagtanggol ang demokrasya at Katotohanan. At dahil mukhang tatagal pa ang labanan, tatagal pa ng ilang buwan ang paghihirap at pagdurusa ng mamamayang idinudulot ng patuloy na pangungurakot, pandarambong at katiwalian ng rehimeng Macapagal Arroyo.
(2 Photos: kuha ni Doy Cinco sa isang "People's Camp" activities sa isang barangay sa QC /
Photo sa baba; Former cabinet members and other officials under five presidents including the incumbent present a manifesto calling on President Macapagal-Arroyo to take five concrete steps to show her commitment to truth. Photo by Tom Guevarra, http://www.journal.com.ph/)
Sa ganitong kaparaanan maitataas ang pampulitikang kamalayan, makakapag-ipon ng malaking pwersa, makakapagkonsolida, makakapag-organisa at mapapakilos ang malawak (broad) na mamamayan, ang pwersa ng "Katotohanan at Pagbabago." Alalahaning nagsisimula ng umalagwa ang maitim na "propaganda machine ng estado," ginagamit na ng Malakanyang ang LGUs at binuong Kongreso ng Mamamayan sa kontra-pag-oorganisa sa mga kumunidad at paaralan maisalba lamang ang buluk na pulitika ni Ate Glo at kanyang bangkaroteng gubyerno. - Doy
Masses for truth to visit 6 metro Manila campuses
MANILA, March 4, 2008—Six more “Masses for Truth and Accountability” will be held at six different Catholic schools beginning this Sunday, March 9 at the De La Salle University at Taft Avenue, Manila.
All the activities are under the auspices of the Church-based “Watch, Pray and Act Movement.”
Another Mass will be held on March 16 at Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Students, faculty members and non-teaching personnel of St. Joseph’s College will host another Mass for Truth and Accountability on March 23.
The Manila Cathedral School will welcome Intramuros residents to another Mass on Sunday, March 30. The Holy Trinity Academy at Calabash Road, Balic-balic, Sampaloc, Manila will host the Mass on Sunday, April 6.
Tondo residents will have their turn on Sunday, April 13, 2008 when the Mass for Truth goes to the Holy Child Catholic School at Plaza Amado V. Hernandez.
Archdiocese of Manila’s Social Communications Director Peachy Yamsuan said all Masses will begin at 10:00 A.M. NBN-ZTE star witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada, Jr. is expected to join the said Masses. (Melo M. Acuña)
Former WB chief 'disappointed' over higher poverty incidence in RP
Former World Bank president James Wolfensohn on Wednesday said he was “disappointed” over latest government figures showing that the poverty incidence in the Philippines worsened from 2003 to 2006.
Speaking at the Asian Institute of Management, Wolfensohn noted that the country’s 30% poverty incidence in 2003 was expected to decline. Instead, it increased to 32.9% in 2006.
He said central to these debates will be issues of “equity and social injustice” amid the continued allegations of corruptions hurled against the Arroyo administration. (Photo Above:upload.wikimedia.org/.../
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Gov't says number of poor growing as prices outpace wage rises
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 05:40 PM
MANILA (AP) - The number of poor Filipinos rose between 2003 and 2006 despite strong economic growth because income increases failed to keep up with price hikes in food and basic services, a government statistical agency said Wednesday.
The National Statistical Coordination Board said the latest nationwide family income survey showed that a total of 4.7 million families _ or 27.6 million Filipinos _ were considered poor in 2006, up 16 percent from 4 million in 2003.
It said incidence of poor families rose to 26.9 percent in 2006 from 24.4 percent in 2003, but remained below the 27.5 percent figure for 2000, the year before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was swept to power.
The agency estimates the poverty threshold _ the monthly income that a family of five requires to meet basic needs _ rose to 6,274 pesos (US$154) in 2006, from 5,129 pesos (US$126) in 2003 and 4,774 pesos (US$117) in 2000.