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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.
|You Against Corruption and Poverty
|Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption
|Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta
|Energy and environment
|1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc.
|Awareness of Keepers of the Environment, Inc.
|Farmers and fishermen
|Agri-Agra na Reporma Para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement
|Abang Lingkod, Inc.
|Association for Development Dedicated to Agriculture and Fisheries, Inc.
|Alliance of Philippine Fishing Federations, Inc.
|Kaisahan ng mga Maliliit na Magsasaka
|Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero, Inc.
|Ang Asosasyon sang Mangunguma nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma, Inc.
|Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Pilipinong Magsasaka/Kabuhayan at Kabahayan ng mga Magsasaka
|Butil Farmers Party
|Kamais Pilipinas (Kapatirang Magmamais ng Pilipinas, Inc.)
|Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc.
|Health and life
|Akbay Kalusugan, Inc.
|Alagaan Natin ating Kalusugan
|One Advocacy for Health Progress and Opportunity
|Ang Mata’y Alagaan
|Cancer Alleviation Network on Care, Education and Rehabilitation, Inc.
|Buhay Hayaan Yumabong
|Tribal Communities Association of the Philippines
|Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na
|OFWs and laborers
|Democratic Independent Workers Association, Inc.
|Global Workers and Family Federation, Inc.
|Angkla (Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino, Inc.
|OFW Family Club, Inc.
|Association of Laborers and Employees
|Construction Workers’ Solidarity
|Trade Union Congress Party
|Tinderong Pinoy Party
|Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families
|Association of Marine Officer and Ratings, Inc.
|Ang Tao Muna at Bayan
|Ang Nars, Inc.
|Marino Samahan ng mga Seaman, Inc.
|Sandigan ng mga Manggagawa sa Konstruksiyon
|Acts Overseas Filipino Workers Coalition of Organizations
|Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy Skilled Workers
|Amepa OFW Access Center, Inc.
|Persons with disabilities
|Disabled/Pilipinos with Disabilities
|United Nationalist Democratic Organization
|Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation-Building through Easing Poverty, Inc.
|Alliance for National Urban Poor Assembly, Inc.
|Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan
|Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
|Social Amelioration & Genuine Intervention on Poverty
|Isang Pangarap na Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan, Inc.
|Arts Business and Science Professionals
|Talino At Galing Pinoy
|Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan, Inc.
|Anti-War/Anti-Terror Mindanao Peace Movement
|Ako Bicol Political Party
|Anak Central Party
|Tingog Sinirangan (formerly Tingog Leytenhon)
|Ako An Bisaya
|Abante Mindanao, Inc.
|Guardians Republican International, Inc.
|Magdalo para sa Pilipino
|Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa
|Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, Inc.
|Katipunan ng mga Guardians Brotherhood, Inc
|Senior citizens and retirees
|Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines
|Aagapay sa Matatanda
|Abante Retirees Party-List Organization
|SMEs and consumers
|Movement for Economic Transformation and Righteous Opportunities
|Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines
|Cooperative Natcco Network Party
|Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation, Inc.
|LPG Marketers Association, Inc.
|Confederation of Non-stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc
|Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines
|Teachers and education
|Academicians, Students and Educators Alliance, Inc.
|Central Luzon Alliance for Socialized Education
|Una Ang Edukasyon
|Act Teachers Party-List
|Alliance of Volunteer Educators
|Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
|Manila Teachers’ Savings and Loan Association, Inc.
|Piston Land Transport Coalition, Inc.
|National Confederation of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines
|Dumper Philippines Taxi Drivers Association, Inc.
|Women and families
|Sinag Tungo sa Kaunlaran
|Movement of Women for Change and Reform
|Gabriela Women’s Party
|Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines
|KM Ngayon Na
|Kilos Mamamayan Ngayon Na
|Serbisyo sa Bayan Party
|Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party
|One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals
|Partido ng Bayan ang Bida
|Kabalikat ng Mamamayan
|Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba
|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.
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?)
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