In a quandary over which party-list group to elect?

Rappler lists down the sectors represented by party-list groups, and looks at the track record of their representatives to help you choose better

MANILA, Philippines – Still undecided on what partylist to vote for on May 9?

A total of 115 groups are running in this year’s party-list elections. But voters will have to choose only one of them in the ballots.

In principle, party-list representation in the House of Representatives aims to include members of marginalized and under-represented sectors in the legislative process to draft laws that will uplift their welfare. And choosing a party-list group means choosing what sector a voter would like to be represented in Congress.

Here’s something that might help: below is a table of the 115 party-list groups, clustered per sector which they claim to represent in Congress.

Rappler based this classification on clues provided in the groups’ full names, or on the advocacies indicated in their official website, and social media pages.

Sectors Ballot Number Acronym Partylist Name
Anti- corruption 34 YACAP You Against Corruption and Poverty
72 CIBAC Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption
Athletes 89 PBA Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta
Barangay affairs 75 BANAT Barangay Natin
Energy and environment 97 1-CARE 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc.
114 AWAKE Awareness of Keepers of the Environment, Inc.
Farmers and fishermen 1 AGRI Agri-Agra na Reporma Para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement
5 ABANG LINGKOD Abang Lingkod, Inc.
10 ADDA Association for Development Dedicated to Agriculture and Fisheries, Inc.
15 ALL-FISH Alliance of Philippine Fishing Federations, Inc.
33 KMM Kaisahan ng mga Maliliit na Magsasaka
59 AASENSO Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero, Inc.
60 AAMBIS-OWA Ang Asosasyon sang Mangunguma nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma, Inc.
62 ABONO Abono Party-List
85 KAP/KAKASA-KA Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Pilipinong Magsasaka/Kabuhayan at Kabahayan ng mga Magsasaka
93 BUTIL Butil Farmers Party
94 KAMAIS Kamais Pilipinas (Kapatirang Magmamais ng Pilipinas, Inc.)
113 AGBIAG! Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc.
Health and life 7 AKIN Akbay Kalusugan, Inc.
12 ANAKALUSUGAN Alagaan Natin ating Kalusugan
27 1-AHAPO One Advocacy for Health Progress and Opportunity
98 MATA Ang Mata’y Alagaan
104 CANCER Cancer Alleviation Network on Care, Education and Rehabilitation, Inc.
109 ANG PROLIFE Ang Prolife
110 BUHAY Buhay Hayaan Yumabong
Indigenous groups 4 TRICAP Tribal Communities Association of the Philippines
79 KUSUG TAUSUG Kusug Tausug
91 ANAC-IP Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na
OFWs and laborers 6 DIWA Democratic Independent Workers Association, Inc.
19 GLOBAL Global Workers and Family Federation, Inc.
43 ANGKLA Angkla (Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino, Inc.
47 OFW FAMILY OFW Family Club, Inc.
48 ALE Association of Laborers and Employees
52 ANAKPAWIS Anakpawis
54 CWS Construction Workers’ Solidarity
57 TUCP Trade Union Congress Party
67 TINDERONG PINOY Tinderong Pinoy Party
70 MIGRANTE Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families
71 AMOR SEAMAN Association of Marine Officer and Ratings, Inc.
74 A TAMBAY Ang Tao Muna at Bayan
80 ANG NARS Ang Nars, Inc.
82 MARINO Marino Samahan ng mga Seaman, Inc.
87 SAMAKO Sandigan ng mga Manggagawa sa Konstruksiyon
88 ACTS-OFW Acts Overseas Filipino Workers Coalition of Organizations
101 PM Partido Manggagawa
106 1-AALALAY Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy Skilled Workers
115 AMEPA OFW Amepa OFW Access Center, Inc.
Persons with disabilities 66 DISABLED/PWD Disabled/Pilipinos with Disabilities
Political opposition 41 UNIDO United Nationalist Democratic Organization
Poverty alleviation 35 TAMA Tanggol Maralita
58 KALINGA Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation-Building through Easing Poverty, Inc.
65 ANUPA Alliance for National Urban Poor Assembly, Inc.
76 UMALAB KA Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan
83 ANG KASANGGA Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
102 1-SAGIP Social Amelioration & Genuine Intervention on Poverty
103 1-PABAHAY Isang Pangarap na Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan, Inc.
107 AANGAT TAYO Aangat Tayo
Professionals 39 ABS Arts Business and Science Professionals
45 TGP Talino At Galing Pinoy
64 AGHAM Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan, Inc.
Regional groups 11 AWAT MINDANAO Anti-War/Anti-Terror Mindanao Peace Movement
16 AKO BICOL Ako Bicol Political Party
23 ACP Anak Central Party
28 TINGOG SINIRANGAN Tingog Sinirangan (formerly Tingog Leytenhon)
61 AAB Ako An Bisaya
63 AMIN Anak Mindanao
77 AI Abyan Ilonggo
78 AN WARAY An Waray
108 ABAMIN Abante Mindanao, Inc.
Security/Brotherhoods 24 GUARDIANS BROTHERHOOD Guardians Republican International, Inc.
46 MAGDALO Magdalo para sa Pilipino
53 RAM Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa
96 ACT-CIS Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, Inc.
112 KGB Katipunan ng mga Guardians Brotherhood, Inc
Senior citizens and retirees 69 SENIOR CITIZENS Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines
84 AMA Aagapay sa Matatanda
92 ABANTE RETIREES Abante Retirees Party-List Organization
SMEs and consumers 3 METRO Movement for Economic Transformation and Righteous Opportunities
8 AGAP Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines
21 COOP-NATCCO Cooperative Natcco Network Party
22 ALAY BUHAY Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation, Inc.
32 ANG KABUHAYAN Ang Kabuhayan
40 LPGMA LPG Marketers Association, Inc.
68 CONSLA Confederation of Non-stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc
86 FICTAP Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines
111 APPEND Append, Inc.
Teachers and education 2 ASEAN, INC. Academicians, Students and Educators Alliance, Inc.
13 CLASE Central Luzon Alliance for Socialized Education
20 1-ANG EDUKASYON Una Ang Edukasyon
31 ACT TEACHERS Act Teachers Party-List
38 ABAKADA Abakada-Guro
49 ATING GURO Ating Guro
50 AVE Alliance of Volunteer Educators
51 A TEACHER Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
90 MANILA TEACHERS Manila Teachers’ Savings and Loan Association, Inc.
Transportation 56 PISTON Piston Land Transport Coalition, Inc.
73 NACTODAP National Confederation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines
99 DUMPER Dumper Philippines Taxi Drivers Association, Inc.
Women and families 17 SINAG Sinag Tungo sa Kaunlaran
26 MELCHORA Movement of Women for Change and Reform
36 GABRIELA Gabriela Women’s Party
44 ALONA Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines
Youth 42 KM Ngayon Na Kilos Mamamayan Ngayon Na
55 KABATAAN Kabataan Party-List
100 BH Bagong Henerasyon
Multi-sectoral 9 SBP Serbisyo sa Bayan Party
14 AKBAYAN Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party
18 1-ABILIDAD 1-Abilidad
25 1PACMAN One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals
29 PBB Partido ng Bayan ang Bida
30 KABAYAN Kabalikat ng Mamamayan
37 SANLAKAS Sanlakas
81 BAYAN MUNA Bayan Muna
95 ATING KOOP Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba
105 MTM PHILS Mamamayan tungo sa maunlad na Pilipinas

Based on this classification, those advocating for OFW and laborer rights dominate the party-list elections, with 19 groups. There are 12 groups that are for farmers and fishermen, and 9 groups for teachers and education.

Rappler classified 10 groups under multi-sectoral because of the multiple sectors they are promoting.

Nominees

Each group has at least 5 nominees, with a total of 673 nominees registered with the Commission on Elections (Comelec). However, only 59 seats are allotted to party-list representatives in the next Congress.

See how the party-list seats were allocated in the 2013 elections.

The party-list nominees for the 2016 polls are a mixed bag – reelectionists, political families, former congressmen and government officials, and legitimate members of marginalized sectors.

Over the years, while there have been nominees and congressmen from these sectors, some individuals and groups – mostly from political dynasties – have treated the partylist as a “shortcut” to Congress. Therefore it’s also important to know who the nominees of these groups are. (READ: 2016 party-list nominees: Taking a ‘shortcut’ to Congress?)

Congress records

Out of the 115 party-list groups, 43 of them won in the 2013 elections and are seeking another 3 years under the next administration. Are they worth reelecting?

Rappler checked the track record of these groups by looking at documents – House bills and resolutions – in which their representatives are named main authors. This is to see if these groups indeed “represented” and stayed true to the sector or advocacies they promised.

Based on the table above, Magdalo party-list representative Gary Alejano authored the most number of related bills and resolutions, with 20 bills and 16 resolutions.

There are at least 6 representatives who were not named main author of any bill or resolution that has to do with the sectors they represent, but were named co-author of sector-related bills and resolution:

  • Patricio Antonio of Agbiag (co-authored 4 sector-related bills)
  • Conrado Estrella III of Abono (co-authored 2 sector-related bills)
  • Roberto Mascariña of Ating Koop (nothing, as he was allowed to sit in Congress only on March 2016)
  • Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III of Abono (co-authored 2 sector-related bills)
  • Joseph Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod (co-authored 9 sector-related bills)
  • Jose Panganiban Jr of Anac-IP (co-authored 30 sector-related bills and 7 sector-related resolutions)

Rappler also checked other available documents such as their attendance record and their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs).

In the 2014 record attendance in the Lower House, Amin party-list representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman incurred the most number of absences among the incumbent party-list representatives. She had 17 absences – 16 due to constituency work, and 1 without notice of absence.

Fourteen had no absences in Congress:

  • Gary Alejano of Magdalo
  • Jose Atienza Jr. of Buhay
  • Christopher Co of Ako Bicol
  • Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales of Cibac
  • Conrado Estrella III of Abono
  • Agapito Guanlao of Butil
  • Catalina ‘Baby’ Leonen-Pizzaro of ABS
  • Victoria Isabel Noel of An Waray
  • Joseph Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod
  • Mariano Piamonte Jr of A Teacher
  • Terry Ridon of Kabataan
  • Michael Angelo Rivera of 1CARE
  • Erlinda Santiago of 1SAGIP
  • Lorna Velasco of AMA

Meanwhile, in the SALN records, majority of the party-list representatives are among the “poorest in Congress”. Three of them even registered a net worth of less than a million: Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis, Abigail Faye Ferriol-Pascual of Kalinga, and Jonathan dela Cruz of Abakada.

The richest among the party-list representatives is Diwa’s Emmeline Aglipay, who declared a net worth of P689 million in a joint SALN filed with husband and fellow member of Congress Mark Villar. The couple got married in late 2014. (READ: 224 members of Congress richer in 2014)

Will the public still see the same party-list groups in the next Congress? – with research from interns Arleth Myka Cledera, Kathleen Abenales, and Noa Carrascoso/Rappler.com