1. Introduction2. Speech of President Estrada part 13. Economy4. Anti-Crime Task Force5. Erap Para sa Mahirap6. Speech of President Estrada part 27. ERAP8. Speech of President Estrada part 39. Mission Statement10. Programs11. Power Grab
Joseph "Erap"Ejercito Estrada(born José Marcelo Ejercito onApril 19 1937) was the 13thPresident of the Philippines. ThePresidency of Joseph Estradaspanned 31 months from June 30,1998 to January 20, 2001. Estradareached the pinnacle of hispolitical career when he waselected President of the Republicin May 11, 1988 nationalelections. With the almost 11-million Filipinos writing his nameon the ballot, his margin ofvictory was the biggest registeredin the Philippine electoral history.A line from his speech, “Walangkaibigan, walang kumpare, walangkamag anak,” was a stern warningagainst anyone who wouldattemp to undermine hisadministration with infulence- peddling.
Economy The Estrada administration is said to have a strongeconomic team, however the latters administration failed tocapitalize on the gains of the previous administration. Economicperformance was hurt by the Asian Financial Crisis and climaticdisturbance that caused extremes of dry and wet weather. Towardthe end of Estradas administration, the fiscal deficit had doubledto more than P100 billion from a low of P49 billion in 1998.Despite such setbacks, the rate of GNP in 1999 increased to 3.6percent from 0.1 percent in 1998, and the GDP posted a 4.0percent growth rate, up from a low of -0.5 percent in 1998. Debtreached P2.1 trillion in 1999. The inflation rate came down from11 percent in January 1999 to just a little over 3 percent byNovember of the same year. This was in part due to theagricultural program Agrikulturang Maka Masa, through which itachieved an output growth of 6 percent, a record high at the time.
Anti- Crime Task Force In 1998, by virtue of Executive Order No.8,President Estrada created the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) with theobjective of minimizing, if not totally eradicating, cartheft and worsening kidnapping cases in the country.With the help of this task force, the Philippine NationalPolice for the first time in history achieved a record-high trust rating of +53 percent. Panfilo Lacson was itsfirst head. He also created the Philippine Center onTransnational Crime (PCTC) in 1999, with the objectiveof formulating and implementing a concerted of actionof all law enforcement, intelligence and othergovernment agencies for the prevention and control
PARA SA MAHIRAP? Statement, Kongreso ng Mamamayang Pilipino (KOMPIL 2), 28 November 2000 Erap will be written down in history books as the firstPhilippine president impeached by Congress-115 members of thehouse of representatives endorsed the articles of impeachment onthe basis of bribery, graft and corruption, betrayal of the publictrust and culpable violation of the Constitution and the law.But to most Filipinos, the greatest disappointment in Erap is hisfailure to fulfill the campaign promise that brought him to thepresidency. For the poor, the campaign slogan "Erap para saMahirap" has turned out to be a lie. It is now unmasked as a merecampaign slogan calculated to deliver the votes from the masa.In the two-and-a-half years of his term as president, Erap has madeeven more promises he could not fulfill. He repaid his politicaldebts, not to the poor, but to his patrons that financed hiscampaign. He gave out companies, contracts, franchises, andgovernment positions to his cronies.As for the poor, there has been no palpable improvement in theirlives. In reality, the Erap administration has become a "hirap"administration because asset reforms have come to a standstill ifnot suffered reversals. Consider the following :
For the Farmers:• The slowest pace of implementation of agrarian reform under Erap and DAR Secretary Boy Morales.• Zero budget for land distribution for the year 2000.• A corporative agrarian reform program which will put lands in the firmer control of the rich landlords.• Rampant cases of cancellation of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) and Emancipation Patents (EP) for farmer beneficiaries of agrarian reform.For the Workers:• Dispersal of the striking workers in various picket lines, notably those in PAL, LRT and Manila Hotel.• Ignoring demands for minimum wage increases to allow workers to live decently.• Encouraging labor contractualization that makes workers "permanent casuals" and discourages union organizingFor the Urban Poor• Low priority for socialized mass housing.• Demolition of communities without a ready relocation site.• Replacement of pro-urban poor government officials in-charge of housing.For the Indigenous Peoples• Complete halt in the awarding of Certificates of Ancestral Domain Claims and Titles.• No operational funding for the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the government agency in charge of implementing the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act.• Full speed implementation of the Mining Act, which displaces indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands and places the environment in deeper peril.For the Fisherfolk• Low support for the implementation of the Fisheries Code which prohibits large-scale commercial fishing in lakes and municipal waters.• Allowing shoreline quarrying operations, further damaging the marine ecosystem.
And for the women, who constitute half of society, Erap has been a bad example byflaunting his drinking, gambling and womanizing. To Erap, his women are mere proof of hismasculinity-he treats them as objects to be owned and accumulated; and as persons who can bebribed into silence by providing them with lavish lifestyles. Mr. Estrada has become living proof ofsocietys violence against women by proving that men can get away with all these vices if theyhave the power. The Estrada administration has also subverted the government structure that makes itpossible for the organized basic sectors to participate in government policy planning. He hasissued Administrative Order 36, which allows him to handpick the representatives of the poor inthe National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). By this act, he has removed representatives thatthe organized poor chose for themselves through their own democratic consultations andprocesses. Eraps centerpiece anti-poverty program, the Lingap para sa Mahirap, is nothing but arepackaged version of existing government programs already in place. Worse, selection of the"100 poorest families" in every province and city has only made the programs more vulnerable tocorruption and patronage politics because politicians themselves choose who shall be amongthese "100 poorest families." The Erap administration desperate actions-to try to salvage his dwindling popularity ratingsand level of trust from the people-has only put himself and the country into greater disaster.Eraps war in Mindanao was an effective tool to prop up his dwindling popularity but it wasachieved at great cost in terms of lives and damage to property. Thousands have been killed,mostly innocent civilians. Some 650,000 Filipinos have been displaced, the vast majority of whomare the poor who, even if they could return to their homes, face certain hunger because theirlivelihood has been disrupted irreparably. The war has also renewed animosity among the Muslimand Christian Filipinos because of the Erap and militarys propaganda which presented the war asagainst Muslims in general. Because of its own actions, the Erap administration is doomed. Not even its sudden pro-poor posture-which has come in too late and is highly suspect-can save the Mr. Estrada fromremaining in office. And might even be these same actions that will cause Mr.Estradas ownundoing because, as it turns out, most have turned out to be farce:
• In the North Triangle, the land that was awarded to the present occupants have already been contracted to a real estate developer.• In Tala, lands parceled out were taken away from its original intended beneficiaries-the lepers of the Tala Leprosarium.• In Commonwealth, distributed xerox copies of land titles have been ordered returned because these were incomplete. The residents had fought for this land since the time of Marcos. It is not for Erap to give it away, it is for the residents to claim.• The coco levy Executive Order favors Mr. Danding Cojuangco, the Erap crony who has benefited from these funds all along.• Offering the resumption of peace talks with the MILF without preconditions but without any substantive proposals to build a lasting peace. After the war, this betrays the administrations lack of understanding of the roots of the Mindanao conflict. Erap is again turning to the poor to save him from disgrace. And to this we say: Enough, Mr. Estrada! Stop using the poor for your own personal benefit. You have had your chance to prove that you are really for the poor but you have done nothing! Erap must learn his own lesson: The only way he can help solve the present crisis is to step down from office. We have learned our lesson to stop believing in Mr. Estradas leadership. If he will not resign. We will make him step down through impeachment or by direct collective action in accordance with our constitutional rights.National Peace Conference (NPC)Kongreso ng Mamamayang Pilipino (KOMPIL 2)28 November 2000
ERAP (Education, Research andAssistance Program) Foundation, Inc.
To initiate, provide and establish education, research andother forms of assistance programs and services to poor but deserving citizens of our country, and Speech of President Estrada part 3
To foster mutual assistance and self-reliance by promoting livelihood and self-help programs
MISSION STATEMENT The ERAP Foundation seeks to:Initiate, establish and provide education, research and other forms of assistance programs and services to economically and socially disadvantaged young Filipinos;Conduct medical missions, render health care services; and Promote livelihood and self-help programs
PROGRAMSScholarship program for the poor and less privileged, but deserving Filipino students all over the country Mutual assistance and self-help programs as well as other forms of assistance Programs of cooperation with private, government and other institutions
Pro-Poor Programs• Speaking before millions gathered at his inaugural address in Manila, the newly-elected chief executive said his presidency would serve the Filipino masses whose welfare had long been neglected. A line from his speech, "Walang kaibigan, walang kumpare, walang kamag-anak," was a stern warning against anyone who would attempt to undermine his administration with influence-peddling. Determined to bring his pro-poor platform to every facet of the governments operations, he immediately ordered the removal of all sovereign guarantees on contracts for public projects which would require the sovereign Filipino people to assume the financial losses of private companies doing business with the government. Records will show that until January 20, 2001, he did not sign a single government contract with a sovereign guarantee. Committed to cleaning the bureaucracy of undesirable elements, he ordered the immediate relief of corrupt officials in the military and police hierarchy. He ordered a wide-ranging investigation of all government contracts entered into by the previous administration to ensure these were above-board and directly advantageous to the citizenry. He ordered the investigation of suspected big-time tax evaders even if some of these individuals had contributed to his presidential campaign. His pro-poor program of government bore fruit in less than two years, with a significant improvement in the countrys peace and order situation. This likewise elicited a proportionate rise in the approval rating of the Philippine National Police. The Estrada administration undertook an aggressive housing program on a national basis, targeting low-cost homes for the poor. Agriculture received greater priority, while the national government likewise took steps to bring down the cost of medicine. Foreign investments grew exponentially, benefiting greatly from the unsullied and esteemed reputation of the best and the brightest chosen to be part of his Cabinet, and even more from his reputation as a strongly nationalistic yet progressive president.Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_those_achievement_of_Joseph_Estrada#ixzz1SB0I5cau