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Jeep ni Erap

Jeep ni Erap

JEEP: POWERING A DREAM FOR CHANGE

The Citizens Movement for Justice, Economy, Environment and Peace (JEEP) was organized in 1997 to promote the programs and policies of then Vice-President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Its initial organizers came from a cross section of Filipinos with a shared vision for the Philippines: leaders of the progressive movements, businessmen, academics, professionals as well as leaders and representatives of marginalized sectors.

Among its founders were: Horacio R. Morales; Edicio dela Torre; Fely Villareal; Philip Medalla; Jose T. Pardo; Fernando Camus; and Fernando Poe, Jr. They saw and admired how Erap consistently espoused programs and policies that emphasized a bias for the poor; and how he perennially sought to create conditions that would enable every Filipino to improve their lives, and to move forward on the road to self-reliance.

JEEP’s slogan is Bawa’t Isa ay Mahalaga. JEEP believes that each Filipino, regardless of social and economic positions in life, is a significant force in the improvement of society. It is not only the masa that is for Erap, for to be for Erap is to be maka-masa, or a willing force in helping to uplift the Filipino masa from the bondage of poverty. We believe that in harnessing the strength and capability of every Filipino, we can bring to reality the JEEP vision: Isang magandang buhay para sa bawa’t Filipino.

JEEP is committed to justice. Each Filipino is entitled to live a life of honor, where he is assured of equal protection of his rights as much as he has the obligation to be true to his duties and responsibilities as a citizen. Government policies should be fair to all, and should not favor the few against the many.

JEEP is committed to the principles of social justice wherein the weak must receive equal protection, and wherein State policies and programs are tailored to help them to be the best that they can be. In this way, they can free themselves from poverty and allow themselves to soar to higher levels of citizenship and self-respect.

JEEP recognizes that each Filipino has the creativity and the desire to be productive. Each Filipino deserves to have the means with which to provide his family and children a decent life. JEEP envisions economic progress measured not only in terms of general aggregates but with how every Filipino family is able to have enough food on their tables, address the educational needs of their children, maintain their health, and have access to social services. We envision this as an unwavering standard for all Filipinos, and not just for a privileged few.

The protection of the environment is essential to the country’s progress. When the environment is abused, we also destroy the very fabric of our lives and that of succeeding generations. Erap has always sought to protect the environment. His father, a sanitary engineer for the City of Manila, was always concerned about waste management even before it became fashionable. This was a priority that Erap imbibed early in life. And so when he took the reins as Mayor of San Juan, he, too, adopted programs that would ensure his town had an efficient waste management system. JEEP strongly believes that we should be discerning in our choice of technologies to be utilized in attaining economic progress for the country, even as we strive to restore the ecological balance that has been grievously abused and neglected in the past.

Peace is a necessary condition for progress. When there is conflict, resources for essential social services are diverted. A government that is at war with its own people is hampered from pursuing social and economic programs. In this context, beyond rhetoric and grand pronouncements, sincerity and an abiding adherence to the national good is essential. We in JEEP believe that Erap has the persona and track record to bring about a consensus for a lasting peace.

JEEP’s organizing campaign in 1997-1998 strengthened the sense of community among the people in a locality. It inspired them to bring their resources together to form cooperatives. Many of these JEEP cooperatives continue to grow and prosper, delivering vital services to their members.

In 1998, Erap was elected president with a clear majority of Filipinos declaring unequivocal support for his programs and policies. JEEP was among those elated by Erap’s resounding victory. His removal from the presidency in 2001 was a painful disappointment for the many who aspired for reform and change.

Nonetheless, JEEP continues to nurture its hope and vision. Believing with the deepest conviction that Erap is the best choice for translating this vision into reality, JEEP continues to maintain and expand its organization throughout the country.

Kaya nam an, tuloy ang byahe ng JEEP ni Erap.