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Saturday, 16 April 2016 13:44

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

More and more sport enthusiasts in the provinces and local government officials are supporting One Patriotic Coalition of Marginal Nationals (1-Pacman) Party List for its advocacy on Sports, Education and Job generation. Recently, basketball stars in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) have joined the entourage of Dr. Mikee Romero PhD, in his visit to depressed areas in Northern Luzon, some Visayas Islands and in Central Mindanao.

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The Indigenous Peoples IP tribe of Baguio and Benguet were happy when Dr. Mikee Romero and his entourage, encouraged them to develop their sports talent and join the country’s pool of sports talents. Dr. Romero, number 1 nominee of 1-Pacman Party List,  promised the IP’s of Northern Luzon a sports program, for them if successful in the bid of 1-Pacman for a seat in Congress.

Dr. Romero, also assured the IP’s of “no discrimination and politics” for IP’s who will join the 1-Pacman Party List sports program.Dr. Romero’s visit in Baguio and Benguet recently was also to gather information on the farmers’ situation in this dry spell season since they belong to the marginal farmers that need government support and assistance.

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In the province of Zambales in Central Luzon, IP Aetas, were recent recipients of a Livelihood Training Center, to train IP Aetas skills to land jobs in the province. It was gathered that IP Aetas in Central Luzon are one of the most neglected IP’s in the country, that drove most of them to become mendicants and beggars in the city of Olongapo. Dr. Mikee Romero gave the IP Aetas livelihood training center coming from his personal funds and also promised the IP Aetas of jobs in his companies if they completed their proper  training and assimilate themselves with the mainstream of job seekers.

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Many schools catering to students from marginal families and IP’s in Luzon were recipients of Dr, Romero’s personal education program long before he accepted the nomination for 1-Pacman Party List . Dr. Romero donated new books and computers for their libraries so the marginal and IP students will be at par in general knowledge with other students in the country. Dr. Romero, promised to expand these school assistance and donation if given the chance to serve in Congress as the 1-Pacman Party List Representative.

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For immediate employment to marginal families and to uplift their lives, Dr. Mikee Romero is proposing the revival of the successful job generation program of the late former President Diosdado Macapal, who organized the Emergency Employment Program (EEA) where the poor and educationally unprepared for blue collar jobs, can be employed to assist the government in  her environmental protection program, where manual jobs are most needed, like clearing forested areas, dirty canals and other menial jobs to protect the environment. This EEA will be enforced throughout areas with many poor families and neglected IP’s. This will save the government on social and livelihood expenditures since the poor and the neglected IP’s will have a monthly assurance of livelihood.

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All they do to help support the party list’s bid for a seat in Congress to continue and expand on the development of Sports, Education and Job generation that he has already started long before through his own initiative and financial personal support.

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Scoop: Indeed 1-Pacman Party List has a good program for the poor and the neglected IP’s in the country. Dr. Romero has given jobs and assisted many schools in the country that are catering the poor and IP’s long before he joined the Party List. If given the chance for 1-Pacman Party List to serve in Congress more, marginal families and neglected Indigenous Peoples (IP) will be benefited.