Partylist Profile: ABAKADA

Posted at 05/06/2010 11:50 AM | Updated as of 05/10/2010 1:02 AM

Abakada–Guro (ABAKADA)

Sector: Professionals

Tel: (02) 480-68-52
Email: [email protected]

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The Group

History: Abakada-Guro was originally Advocates and Adherents of Social Justice for School Teachers and Allied Workers (AASJS) and was petitioned for registration on August 28, 2003 led by Professor Samson S. Alcantara, the founding president. In 2004, AASJS joined the elections but lost.

After losing the May 2004 elections, the group decided to change the name of the party list. It joined the 2007 elections and won a seat in the House of the Representatives and is currently being represented by Jonathan A. Dela Cruz. 

 
Vision: Composed of teachers and non-academic personnel of educational institutions, its main advocacy is reform in the education sector, in all levels.
 

Nominees

The party faced nominees' issues when they initially passed a first set of nominees, only to denounce the list less than 2 months before the elections. The following list of nominees shall serve as the official representatives running under the party:

  • 1st nominee: Jonathan A. De La Cruz 

De La Cruz had his primary at the Bangui Central School and graduated as the Class Valedictorian. He finished his secondary education at Manila Science High School and graduated with Honors. During his college life at the Ateneo de Manila University with the course of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, he was the president of the University Student Council, Editor in chief of Guidon/Pandayan and at the same time, a university scholar. After college, he attained his Diplomate in Environmental and Urban Planning at the University of the Philippines.

He used to be an assistant to the Governor of Ilocos Norte from 1983 to 1986 and Executive Director of the Ilocos Norte Development Program Office and Ambassador-at-Large and Director-General. In 1986, he became Chair of the Board OBSERVATION Publishing Corporation.

He hosts KARAMBOLA in DWIZ 882 AM, write columns for Malaya, Business Mirror, Daily Tribune, and People's Journal. He is currently the co-convernor of the Ilocos Norte People’s Friendship Association, adviser of the Ilocos Norte Trade, Tourism and Investment Council, and Counsellor of the Office of Congressman Fernando R. Marcos, Jr. of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte.

De La Cruz was among the top Ten Outstanding Youth Men (TOYM) Awardee for Employment and Worker’s Welfare. 

  • 2nd nominee: Ed Vincent S. Albano

Albano finished primary education at the West Central High School in Dingras, Ilocos Norte. He graduated as the class Valedictorian during his secondary education at the Dingras National Agricultural School. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the Far Eastern University, Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1970. He then pursued Bachelor of Laws at the same school and graduated as a Cum Laude in 1974. 

Since 1979, he has been teaching Law at the Far Eastern University. He currently teaches at the San Beda College of Law while holding being the dean of the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna College of Law since 1998.

He was Presiding Judge of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila in 1991. He was acting judge of the regional trial court of Manila in 1993 and became the presiding judge of the Pampanga RTC. He is a senior partner of the Albano, Albano and Dolleton and Associates Law Office.

  • 3rd nominee: Arsenio R. Jallorina   

Married to Virginia Del Mundo-Jallorina, Jallorina is the President of the Manila Public School Teachers Association and a member of the Teachers Dignity Coalition.

He had his primary education at the Dili Elementary School, Dili, Ilocos Sur. He finished his secondary at the Sta. Cruz School, Ilocos Sur. He graduated Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in the National Teachers College.

  • 4th nominee: Josephine C. Reyes

Reyes is a graduate of Communication Arts at the St. Scholastica’s College of Manila. She finished Child Development and Learning at Julia Gabriel School in Singapore and also got a certificate of Speech and Drama. She also finished TV and Radio Production at Ealing College in London, England. 

  • 5th nominee: Rosalie S. Esteban

Esteban is a city councilor for the 2nd district of Valenzuela City. She had her primary education at the Children of Mary Immaculate and pursued her secondary education at the Our Lady of Grace Academy.    Esteban graduated B.S. in Business Administration Major in Business Information System at the AMA Computer College.


Performance

ABAKADA authored 7 House Bills, among them are the HB 6398 that focuses on the reduction of electricity rates through the utilization of indigenous energy sources and HB 7008 or the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act. Surprisingly, as a party list that intends to represent the educational sector of our country, HB 7008 was the only house bill authored by ABAKADA that concerns education.

The party has co-authored 15 House Bills, one of which includes HB04077 which is all about sustaining the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The group also claimed to author 17 Resolutions, one of which is HR 1141 which aims to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the programs on improving the condition of education and health of schoolchildren.


 

Sources: www.abakada-guro.org, www.comelec.gov.ph, Mr. Elizalde Icasiano, e-Campaign Convener