Sunday, May 27, 2007

Miracle in Pampanga: A Thank You Message from Among ED

To My Dear Friends and Kabalens,

Greetings of Peace!

Dakal a dakal pung salamat king anggang suporta, kasuyuan at pangading binie yu ban misulung ing kekatamung krusada keti balen Kapampangan!

Amidst the jubilation and euphoria over our crusade’s initial victory, I invite you to join me in silent prayer and thanksgiving. Our victory is clearly the work of a Loving God who orchestrated all our efforts, brought us all together, gave us a common purpose, and granted us with the strength and courage to carry on.

At the onset of our campaign, we could only dream of a victory that would breathe life to our aspirations of a just, peaceful and progressive Kapampangan society. That dream has come true and we are now confronted with the pressing task of healing the wounds of division before we can move on to deliver our promises of good governance and moral leadership.

With much humility, let us offer our hands in a gesture of reconciliation to everyone who may not have responded to our call to join us in the crusade or those who may have held contradictory stand on the issues that we have vowed to struggle against. They, too, have a place in this Kapampangan movement if they are sincerely dedicated to the mission of working for the common good of the people.

The victory is not mine alone just as the crusade has never been about me or my person. Everyone - young and old, rich and poor, has a stake in this movement that will benefit future generations of Filipinos in general and Kapampangans in particular.

Just as we kept our vigilance throughout those moments of uncertainty when most of us spent sleepless nights guarding the ballots, chasing the election returns, or keeping vigil at the provincial canvassing site, I beseech you now to keep that fire burning as we journey together for the next three years.

A lot of lessons can be learned from our EDsa Pampanga experience Let us take some time to reflect on these and allow these to empower us, make us more aware and more capable of exacting accountability from our public officials and claiming our rights as sons and daughters of a blest and bountiful province.

Isundu ta ya pu ing pegumpisan tamung krusada para king pamagbayu at mayap a pamangobyernu. Luid ya ing Guinu! Luid ya ing Kapampangan! Luid ka kabalen a tinalakad ban misalbag ing sala keti balen at bansa tamu!


Governor-elect Eddie T. Panlilio
Province of Pampanga
May 21, 2007

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Thank you for standing up for decency, competence and honesty in public service! We won! EDsa Pampanga is for real!

What is Good Governance?

What is Good Governance?

What’s does the fundamental law of the land say about “good governance”?

Public service is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency and act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives. (Article XI, Section 1, 1987 Constitution)

Clearly, constituents expect more from their elected officials than just voting them into office. The expectation hinges on the premise (and promise) that “good governance” will address the problem of poverty. The goal therefore of “good governance” is poverty alleviation which, in the parlance of developmental work, translates to “social transformation”.

The Concept of Good Governance

But what does “good governance” really mean? The word “good” means “something desirable and beneficial”, the “right thing”. “Governance”, on the other hand, means “the exercise of sovereign authority”, in which “sovereign authority is power coming from the people through elections.” Combining these two concepts, “good governance” simply means “the exercise of sovereign authority that is desirable and beneficial to the people.” It also means “the right way of exercising sovereign authority (because power is from the people).”

Why the need for good governance? Because sovereign authority is power from the people, therefore it is but right to say that good governance is for the “public good” because it promotes “public value.” Clearly, good governance is not for one’s self. As a result, those who serve the public, such as our elected officials, are “public servants”, not “public bosses.”

Characteristics of Good Governance

At the minimum, good governance has four characteristics:

· Accountability. Public officials must be answerable for government behavior, and responsive to the entity from which their authority is derived.
· Participation. This is the “cornerstone” of good governance – the involvement of the people in the process of decision-making and in the development process.
· Predictability. This means fair and consistent application of the laws and implementation of government policies. It also requires full protection of human rights, particularly those of minorities. Impartial enforcement of laws requires an independent judiciary and an impartial and incorruptible police force.
· Transparency. This means making information available to the general public as well as clarity about government rules, regulations, and policies

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Manifesto of People's Support

In Support of An Alternative Candidate
Towards A Movement for Change and Good Governance

Pampanga, a province with a glorious history of peoples’ struggles against oppression and abuses, a province that rose from the ashes of devastation after the most damaging eruption of the century is now in the throes of yet another struggle, this time against moral retardation and social decay.

True, Pampanga is popular more than ever but not because of noble things like the resurgence of arts and culture brought out to the fore by talented Kapampangan artists; not even the growing opportunities for progress fuelled by the hard work and industry of its business sector. Pampanga is popular more than ever as the home province of jueteng and corruption and the seat of illegal quarrying operations.
In recent years, we Kapampangans have witnessed how our beloved province and its people have fallen deep in the clutches of a debilitating social cancer that threatens to destroy every cell of our being.

Indeed, we are now confronted with a disaster – one that is more devastating and damaging than the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo; one that we cannot recover from unless we unite, cooperate and stand up as a community. Makarine na pu ing malilyari kekatamu at ali tamu puwedeng manahimik at magbulag-bulagan kabang sasamantalanan de reng mapilan ing kekatamung balen at deng memalen.

This coming May elections is an opportunity for us to start cleaning up the dirt amassed after many years of our indifference to bad governance, political patronage and massive graft and corruption. We believe in exercising our political right, not simply to vote but to vote for someone who truly represents and articulates the sentiments of the Kapampangans – someone who can put flesh and blood to the cries of the people for good governance and ethical leadership.
We need someone with a genuine concern for the upliftment of the quality of life of the poor, not someone who robs the poor of what little money they have then claim to give it back to them as “gifts” and “charitable acts”.
We have gone through a process of discernment and soul searching in the hope of finding that someone who can lead us out of this sorry situation we now find ourselves in. We have come to the conclusion that we are now in an emergency situation and this calls for emergency measures. We are confronted with an extraordinary problem that calls for extraordinary solutions.

In the light of the abovementioned premises, we are offering the candidacy of Fr. Eddie T. Panlilio to the highest office in the Province. We humbly believe he is the true Kapampangan we need at these times. Even as a priest, we believe that nominating him to a position where he can exercise leadership and influence will be a great expression of his ministry, as a Shepherd to a lost and scattered flock. “A candle allows itself to be burned so that others may have light.” Fr. Ed is making a sacrifice, going beyond his priesthood to offer an alternative for us all. This is a call for all of us Kapampangans to rise above the mediocrity and cynicism of the present political situation we have been dragged into.

Having served as Social Action Director of the Social Action Center of Pampanga from 1984 to 1998, Fr. Eddie T. Panlilio has built a track record as prime mover for social development and community building in our province. His many citations and awards, among them the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award for Community Service in 1999 and the Archbishop’s Award for Social Service in 2006 attest to his dedication and commitment to the peoples’ welfare, and moreso, to their empowerment to stand up, speak out and act for the common good. Spearheading the establishment of the Pampanga Association of NGOs (PAMPANGO) in 1993, Fr. Ed was among the leaders who showed the way towards the recovery of Pampanga from the pit of destruction and desolation. Fr. Ed Panlilio leads by example and leads a simple life, born out of respect and understanding of the plight of the marginalized and neglected in Kapampangan society.

This is not about asking Fr. Ed to be the Messiah who will deliver this province out of the rut it is in. This is not about his personal achievements, nor his personal desires to be a funnel for God’s graces. This is about a province that is at the lowest point in its history, about a people who are on the brink of hopelessness and who have been silently clamoring for changes, for better options, and for decent leaders. This is about us Kapampangans. Dintang na pu ing panaun para migising tamu at talakad para king metung a gobyernong disente, malinis at apagmaragul tamu.

This is the time for us to unite and move together for change so that with heads held high, we can once again say, “Apagmaragul ku, Kapampangan ku!”

Ing mál támung provinciang méguing dúyan ding bayánîng linában para qñg catulíran ding calúlûng máñga-agraviádu qñg lipúnan. Ing máyap támung lalauígan a mibáñgun qñg mapanyintang nang abú ning vulcan Pinatúbû. Nió, at macatóto ya pû ñgéni qñg métung nanamang sigalút: ing lában saláng qñg pámagláû ning balén at ding máyap dang pánugálî ding queang memalén.

Tutû at sísicat ne nanaman pû ing budnî támung provincia. Dápot sisícat ya, é úlî ning páñgasaplálâ ning queang mayúbûng cultúra at ding matenácan nang memalén. Sisícat ya é úlî ning guéliñgan at sipágan ding queang negociánti at maldâng talapagóbra. Nung é, sisícat ya dugû ñgéni ing malugud támung INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN bílang cútâ ding súgarul, ding mapanabúsu, ding alâng malasáquit, ding mañgatamád at caútac balás. Malíno tá ya pûng ácaquit masasalípit ing calúlû támung provincia caréning aduang giganténg batú a casalungsúñgang guiguíling at magláso qñg sablâng máyap quéti KAPAMPÁNGAN.

Ing INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN macatuclû ya ñgéni qñg métung a matitibág a bañgin, nung nú patié ménábû ya, é na na aguiûng mibáñgun pa. Cailáñgan tá nang ticdó at misásangmétung gulísac at lumában bílang métung a balén KAPAMPÁNGAN! Macaríne nang tutû ing maliliári quecatámu. É maliáring cabud tá namû é bubúlad at magbulagbulágan cábang sasamantalánan dacatámung macamulágat déning mápilan a lamarán.

Úlî ning quécatámung catayimícan, pébustean támung mitambac at micálat ing mabulúc a sistéma ning catamáran, pámañgurácut, bucút a pámanungcúlan at pamanégáuan. Iniâ dápat, ñgéning dáratang a elecsiún, dápat támu ñgan gunyat at misaupsáup maglínis quéning mitípun a súcal a iti. É támu pû dápat cabud mû mag-vóto, nung é, dápat támung i-vóto ing máyap a candidátu a maliáring maguing catáuan at dáyâ ding sablâ támung máyap a taguimpan para qñg quecatámung INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN. Mimíñgat támu caréng magsangcan-sangcan sásaup, a nung uárî mó, malugúd la caréng pacacalúlû at pandínan dóng “aguináldo”, dápot qñg sumángid na pala níti, sasaliuân da lá mû caladua. Ing mapayit pa, sasaliuan dó caladua caréning perang penáco da pa dugû mismu caréla. Liuás caréning manialîng caladua ding pacacalúlû, ing cailáñgan támung i-voto yápin ing táung maluat na nóng págmalasaquítan at paglában matúlid ding maldâng méñgapaburén qñg lipúnan.

Caibat ning maluat a pámigunamgúnam at pámanyúrî ning quécaming consiéncia, ádecisiúnan mi, na ing táung búcud maca-ígut quecatámung paluál quéting cananacbagan támung cutcútan, alâ nang aliuâ pa, nung é mû i Fr. Eddie Tongol Panlilio. Bistâ’t man ministru né ning pisamban, cambé at capamilatan na ning queang pámanungcúlan bílang pécamátas nang oficial ning gubiérno quéti KAPAMPÁNGAN, mas lálû néng ágampanan Ámung Ed ing queang pámagpastúl caring mísalbag nang suplíng at malilíli nang túpa ning mal támung INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN, nánu ya pa man casalpantayánan. Ing candílâ cailángan ya pámung masiláb báyu nó ádinan sálâ ding quéraclan. Maragul a sacrifício ing daraún nang Ámung Ed bang némung ápagsilbian ing INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN at icatámu ñgang malugud nang mémalén. Tatayâ né quéti ing queang catungcúlan bílang párî. Tañgalan té pû sána ing malugud nang sacrifício bílang pampaguísing quecatámu ñgang KAPAMPÁNGAN, na dápat mibáñgun tá na’t misasangmétung lumában quéning carócan a alâng patúgut cacálat qñg quecatámung lipúnan.

Caring é pa macaquilála cang Ámung Ed, i ya pû ing meguing maluát nang director ning Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) iniang banuang 1984 anggang 1998. Métung ya caring maluat nang mánimúnang gugúsal qñg icasaplálâ ning pamibiébié ding pacacalúlû at méñgapaburén nang supling ning INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN. Tinanggap yang galal bílang Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award for Community Service iniang 1999 ampo’pa ing Archbsihop’s Award for Social Service iniang 2006. Magsilbi lang catibáyan déti ning queang alâng patnâng servício at pámagmasabal caring pacacalúlû.
I Ámung Ed mû naman ing menamúlin qñg pañgatátag ning Pampanga Association of NGO (PAMPANGO) iniang 1993, a burî nang sabian, métung ya caring migpatnúgut qñg maránun nang páñgasalba ning INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN qñg salantâng déla na ning Pinatúbû. Mabibié ya i Ámung Ed bílang máyap a ejemplo ding mémalén. Mapanyáup dápot tajimic. É mapagparañgalan qñg saríli, nung é, mabibié mûng simplí. Aguiû nang cumabié simplí úlî ning paquiabáyan na la’t dadamáyan ding pacacalúlûng queang sosópan. Aintindian nó sentimiéntu at capanamdáman ding méñgapaburén qñg lípunan úlîng méguing yang métung caréla.

Dápot é ya pû ini tungcul cang Ámung Ed. Nung é tungcul ya iti qñg malugud támung INDÛNG KAPAMPÁNGAN a casalungsúñgang susubsúb da lúpa qñg búrac ding lamarán. Tungcul ya iti quécatámung KAPAMPÁNGAN a malápit nang milacó pagása at tajimic namûng manaláñgin na sána micapámagbáyu at mirínan támung másalâng paintungúlan capamilatán ning panyatáng ning métung a marañgál a mánungcúlan. Dintang na pû ing panaún para miguísing támu ampóng ticdó para qñg métung a gubiérnung marangal, malínis at túne támung ápagmaragul.

Ini na ing óras ning quécatámung pámisangmétung! Gunyat tá na para qñg pámagbayu! Ibural tá lang pasibáyu ring sálû támu at gulísac: “Ápagmaragul cung Kapampángan cu!”


Saturday, March 31, 2007

Among Ed Panlilio's Platform of Government


Daing ng mga Maralita, Ihatid sa Kapitolyo!

Sama-sama nating maisusulong ang kapakanan ng mga Kapampangan sa pamamagitan ng:

1. Matuwid, malinis at mapagkakatiwalaang pamamalakad sa gobyerno (Transparent & Accountable Governance)

- Ibigay sa tao ang katumbas na serbisyo sa bawat sentimong buwis na nakokolekta mula sa kanila

- Malinis, malinaw at hayag na pakikipag-transaksyon sa lahat na dumadaan sa tamang proseso ayon sa nakatakda sa batas

2. Malawakang partisipasyon ng iba’t-ibang sektor ng lipunan sa pagbuo at pagpapatupad ng mga plano (Civic participation)

- Pakikipag-pulong at pakikipag-dayalogo sa iba’t-ibang sektor upang mabigyang pansin ang kani-kanyang mga problemang dapat tugunan

- Pagbubuo ng isang konsehong kinabibilangan ng mga kinatawan ng lahat ng sektor sa lipunang Kapampangan upang mabigyang hugis at maipatupad ang Provincial Development Plan ng Pampanga

3. Makabago at naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagtugon sa mga problema ng lipunang Kapampangan (Social innovation)

- Suporta hindi limos para sa mga mahihirap na pamilya sa pamamagitan ng programang micro-financing

- Pantay-pantay na pagkakataon para sa lahat nang hindi isinasaalang-alang ang kasarian, relihiyon at lahi

- Maigting na pagpapahalaga sa ating kalikasan at sa Kulturang Kapampangan

4. Mahusay at maaasahang pamamahala (Efficient and effective governance)

- Murang serbisyong pangkalusugan; mahusay na kalidad ng edukasyon; disente at sapat na kabuhayan; malusog na kapaligiran; maunlad na telekomunikasyon at imprastruktura – mga sangkap ng isang maunlad, malaya, at mapayapang Pampanga

- Gobyernong masasandalan at handang magbigay ng sapat at akmang suporta sa mga industriyang nagpapalakad sa ekonomiya ng Pampanga gaya ng agri-aqua industry, furniture at garments industry, manufacturing industry, food industry, manpower development and service industry at iba pa

Ang lahat ng ito ay may tunguhin na: PAG-ANGAT NG ANTAS NG KABUHAYAN NG MGA TAO LALO NA NG MGA MARALITA (Poverty Alleviation)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Among Ed's resume

Eddie Tongol Panlilio

53 years old, a native of Minalin, Pampanga.
Among his accomplishments are:

Founding chairman, Pampanga Association of NGOs

-Member of the Board of Trustees, Innocencio Magtoto Foundation, Inc (IMFI)

-Menber of the Board of Trustees, Talete King Panyulung Kapampangan, Ic (TPKI)

- A Man of God

- Parish Priest, Camba, Arayat (1981), Caingin, Masantol (1983), Sto. Tomas (1985), Betis, Guagua ((1998-2007)

-Executive Director, Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP), 1984-1998

- Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award for Community Service (1999)

-Archbishop Award for Social Service (2006)

-Outstanding Alumnus of Don Bosco Academy
Who is Fr. Ed Panlilio?

Fr. Ed Panlilio is the 6th of the Panlilio brood of seven. He was born in Minalin, Pampanga on December 6, 1953 to parents Gervacio Panlilio and Catalina Tongol. The 53 year-old priest has made his mark as a prime-mover for social development, a dedicated and well-loved priest and pastor, and a leader

FR. ED PANLILIO, the Prime Mover for Social Development

Having served as Social Action Director of the Social Action Center of Pampanga from 1984 to 1998, Fr. Eddie T. Panlilio has built a track record as prime mover for social development and community building in our province. His many citations and awards, among them the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award for Community Service in 1999 and the Archbishop’s Award for Social Service in 2006 attest to his dedication and commitment to the peoples’ welfare, and moreso, to their empowerment to stand up, speak out and act for the common good. Upon the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, he was one of the leaders who orchestrated GO-NGO cooperation to help bring back Pampanga to its feet.
He spearheaded the establishment of the Pampanga Association of NGOs (PAMPANGO) in 1993 and helped found the Talete Panyulung Kapampangan (TPKI) which has been championing ecumenism and micro-enterprise for the last 20 years. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Social Action Center of Pampanga, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of San Fernando. He currently sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation, Inc. (IMMFI) which has been involved in the promotion and protection of the welfare of children with disabilities for the past sixteen years.

FR. ED PANLILIO, the Dedicated and Well-Loved Priest and Pastor

Fr. Ed Panlilio lives a simple life, born out of respect and understanding of the plight of the marginalized and neglected in Kapampangan society. As a priest, he has been guided by the mission to “reflect the love of God and witness the character, personality and qualities of Jesus to help the people who have been entrusted to his care, especially the needy”.

The call to a priestly ministry came early on while the young Ed was in his teens. After finishing elementary at the Minalin Central Elementary School, he opted to enrol at the Don Bosco Academy as a sophomore after spending a year as a freshman at the Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades (DHVCAT). His exposure to seminarians in the religious-run school could have motivated him to join them as an aspirant. It was not a smooth and steady climb to the priesthood. He was in and out of various seminaries as he went through a long discernment process. There was no turning back after he made the decision to pursue a priestly vocation; he was finally ordained priest in December 13, 1981 (after finishing his Theology Studies at the St. Augustine Major Seminary). In December 2005, the Archdiocese of San Fernando joined Fr. Ed in celebrating the silver anniversary of his sacerdotal ordination.

Fr. Ed’s priestly assignments include the following: Parish Vicar, St. Joseph’s Parish, Floridablanca (1981); Parish Priest, Parish of San Isidro, Camba, Arayat (1981); Secretary of the Archbishop (1982); Parish Priest, Parish of San Agustin, Caingin, Masantol (1983); Director of the Social Action Center of Pampanga (1984); Parish Priest, Parish of Sto. Tomas (1985); Director of the Theology Department, Mother of Good Counsel Seminary (1989); Parish Priest, Parish of Santiago Apostol, Betis, Guagua (1999).

FR. ED PANLILIO, the Charismatic Leader
To many who have had the chance to work with him, Fr. Ed is the charismatic leader who leads by example and journeys with the people in their everyday struggles. Widely known to be consultative, he takes the time to listen to the peoples’ views and opinions while remaining firm and decisive in his stand on issues and concerns. Fr. Ed is a firm believer of:

Leadership with conscience, anchored on moral values and peoples’ participation towards sustainable and integrated development of the Province of Pampanga

Leadership with conscience

√ listening and consultative but decisive
√ transparent and open to scrutiny
√ leading by example
√ simple lifestyle
√ no to graft and corrupt practices
√ no to illegal quarrying
√ no to illegal gambling
√ no to drug abuse

Peoples’ empowerment and participation

√ administration that works as a team
√ greater participation from various sectors in addressing the whole range of issues affecting Kapampangan society
√ equal opportunities for growth among the people, regardless of ethnicity, gender and religion
√ reactivation of the Provincial Development Council and operationalization of its plan

Sustainable and integrated development

√ pro-people and pro-life
√ pro-ecology
√ consultation-based provincial agenda
√ alignment of agenda with the province’s vision and mission