N. Ecija town to present ‘People’s Agenda’ to candidates

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JAEN, Nueva Ecija, April 26, 2016 – After a landmark stakeholders’ meeting on April 22 to discuss the town’s most pressing concerns, citizens of this “election hotspot” will be presenting what they believe to be top issues candidates running in the May 9 elections should prioritize.

The People’s Agenda will be presented to the Jaen’s local candidates on April 27, Tuesday at a Voters’ Forum to better orient themselves on issues at the grassroots level.

A PWD attends the Church-organized stakeholders meeting "Usapang Bayan at Simbahan" concerning the "Peoples' Agenda” at the San Agustin Parish of Jaen, April 22, 2016. (Photo: Shirley Paynor)

Spearheaded by Fr. Sid Puyat, the non-partisan gathering of Jaen locals identified the following as the top five areas in Jaen that need immediate and urgent attention and action:

  • Transparency
  • Agriculture
  • Peace and Order
  • Education
  • Health

Church-organized stakeholders meeting “Usapang Bayan at Simbahan” concerning the “Peoples’ Agenda” was held at the San Agustin Parish of Jaen and attended by representatives from the academe, market vendors-informal economy/vendors’ association, rice farmers, mango growers, the Parish Pastoral Council, businessmen, People with Disabilities (PWDs), single parents, bankers, OFWs, senior citizens, retirees, the health sector, students, youth, and Church.

The Voters’ Forum also aims to provide a venue for voters to hear candidates’ platforms, specific development programs for the town.

A previously identified “election hotspot”, Jaen has been troubles by election-related killings, ambushes, corruption in local projects, and massive vote-buying.

It is also currently suffering from drug-related crimes and flooding and has beared the brunt of typhoons Lando and Santi. (Shirley Paynor / CBCPNews)

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