Monday, September 28, 2009

The Filipino First Policy

The Filipino First Policy

If the Filipinos cannot be first in the Philippines, where else can they be first? Only when Filipinos are first in their country will the Philippines be finally truly free. Until then, their independence can only be a sham. While aliens control the economy, how can Filipinos be said to be masters in their homes or their government is sovereign in their lands? They are mere hirelings, dummies, servants – subservient to the will of others, serving their interests first. How can Filipinos advance their own?”

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"Preserve CPG's Heritage:
Save the Museum" Dance for a Cause Bears Fruits

A website for the Carlos P. Garcia Foundation, Inc. will have its soft launching on September 24, 2009 at the El Jardin del Presidente at Timog, Quezon City featuring the Carlos P. Garcia as the President and Bohol's Illustrious Son, among others. Formal launching will be on October 1, 2009 at Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The website will similarly showcase the "Preserve CPG's Heritage: Save the Museum" project which was started last December 6, 2006 during the cocktails for a cause sponsored by the Bohol Association of Metro Manila, Inc. (BAMMI). During its pledging session at the Manila Yacht Club, BAMMI and its officers and members, through a board resolution, decided to rescue and restore the President Carlos P. Garcia ancestral home.

The Bammi group who spearheaded the project then was composed of: by Mrs. Purita Soliven - Chairperson, Director Bernie Calibo – President and Chairman, Ardy Batoy - Co-Chair for Special Projects Executive Committee, Joseph Rañola - Head BAMMI Core Group; Mrs. Tita Lapez - former Chairperson and President; and Jun Jayoma - Chairman, Preserve CPG's Heritage: Save the Museum Committee.

welcome to the cpgfi website

welcome to the cpgfi website


jose carlos “caloy” garcia campos


Novelist Sionel Jose recently came out with 2 books with alarming rhetorical questions: “Are we poor?” and “Why are we hungry?”

Writing within the 4th generation after General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippine Republic of 1898, the message is unmistakably clear: the Republic has failed and the leaders have not found the cure.

At the turn of the century, the Philippines is the only country in the asean region that has attained political independence. Although it was granted by United States, the Filipinos had to wage a revolution against Spain to be freed from foreign denomination. in spite of having been a regular member of the United Nations since 1946, the country’s economic performance has been grossly inadequate to meet the needs of its growing population. It has now more than 90 million people but majority of its working population is underemployed and unemployed.

It earns most of its foreign exchange, not from the export of manufactured goods and processed agricultural products, but from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’S) that number almost 8 million all over the world. Their remittances average 14 billion U.S. dollars annually or around P672 billion pesos amounting to around 50% of the p1.3 trillion national budget.

Because of the cold war rivalry between the western block and the eastern block over democracy and communism, the Philippines never succeeded in gaining control of its economy in spite of the constitutional mandate to place the economy under the effective control of Filipinos.

Military and defense issues have dominated the relations between the Philippines and the U.S. Most Filipino nationalists believe this military alliance has led to too much deregulation, privatization, liberalization of trade, lifting of tariffs barriers and lately, the unrestricted entry of foreign capital into banking and finance.

The opening of the President Carlos P. Garcia Foundation is believed timely. The foundation has chosen the theme: “THE GOLDEN ERA OF PHILIPPINE NATIONALISM, POST WAR: THE FIRST FILIPINO POLICY” because the cold war is over and the non-aligned movement is now replaced by the clamor of developing countries in the north and the south for modification of the present globalization. Under pinning the demand for amendment is the managed capitalism of China as model for development. The lazzies fairre market capitalism of the U.S., is now being challenged by regulated capitalism of China.

Although President Garcia did not anticipate this choice of development model, it is safe to assume, based on his writings and speeches, that he would have preferred to adopt the managed capitalism model by placing the economy under the control of Filipinos as provided for in the constitution. To do this, he would have sought a unified bi-polar foreign policy based on the country’s existing western culture and religion including Islam but suited to its land as a neighbor of China.

In his last public appearance at the 1971 Constitutional Convention, he expressed preference for the presidential system over the parliamentary system. He maintained and had always maintained that the presidential system is the only political system known to Filipinos and it will be fatal to replace it with one where Filipinos have no experience at all. Morover, the power of judicial review by the supreme court under the principle of checks and balances, if removed in the parliamentary form of government, would be fatal to the nationalistic principles and policies of the constitution. These sacred principles would be overturned by the parliament under the pressure of globalization. In many developing countries, the executive and legislative branches of government literally succumbed to the pressures of the IMF, world bank and the world trade organization.

As a statesman and diplomat, President Garcia advocated the “Filipino First Policy”, not to be anti-alien, but to exercise the rightful sovereignty of the Filipino People to attain its destiny. He believed in the capacity of the Filipinos to make the country a responsible member of the family of nations and the capability of its people to maintain peace and security - including the fight against terrorism within their boarders.

Today, as we open the website of the President Garcia Foundation, it is our fervent prayer that by embracing HIS INFINITE FAITH in the FILIPINO PEOPLE and upholding his ideals of patriotism and love of country, our leaders would develop the courage to chart a unified bi-partisan foreign policy to accelerate our growth and development to catch up and cope with our Asian neighbors.

After all, as the late president said, “Our freedom, which we have won at the price of supreme sacrifices, is only true and real when its roots strike deep into our own free soil." (Ed's Note: Quoted line is an excerpt from the speech of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia delivered during the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives last September 18, 1946 regarding the Parity Amendment to the Philippine Constitution.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


"Preserve CPG's Heritage: Save the Museum" cocktails for a cause bears fruits

It's first pledging session on December 6, 2006 at the Manila Yacht Club.
This initial activity of the rescue and restoration project for the late President Carlos P. Garcia's ancestral home is spearheaded by the Bohol
Association of Metro Manila, Inc.(BAMMI), led by Mrs. Purita Soliven, Chairperson, Board of Directors; Director Bernie Calibo, President
and Chairman, Special Projects Executive Committee; Ardy Batoy, Co-Chairperson; Joseph Rañola, Project Director; Mrs. Tita Lapez,
former Chairperson and President; and Jun Jayoma, Chairman,Preserve CPG's Heritage: Save the Museum Committee.