We are happy to announce that the Freedom from Debt Coalition ( FDC ) successfully held its 12th National Congress last May 9 -11, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The FDC Congress adopted as its theme : Walang Mahirap kung Walang Mangangamkam ! to accentuate FDC’s campaign against inequality, neo-liberalism and debt-dependence for the coming three years.

Those who registered as members of the 12th National Congress are as follows :

National and NCR-based :

  1. Six ( 6 ) national political blocs

  2. Twenty-two ( 22 ) national sectoral and political organizations

  3. Seven ( 7 ) national NGOs

  4. Thirty-nine ( 39 ) individual members

  5. Sixty-four ( 64 ) National Capital Region organizations ( 14 NCR-wide, 10 city organizations, 42 barangay organizations )

Chapters :

  1. Central Visayas ( 3 blocs, 3 regional organizations, 3 provincial organizations, 2 municipal organizations, 9 barangay organizations, 1 NGO, 14 individuals )

  2. Iloilo ( 2 blocs, 4 provincial organizations, 3 city organizations, 9 barangay organizations, 4 NGOs, 23 individuals )

  3. Negros ( 3 blocs, 7 provincial organizations, 1 city organization, 1 municipal organization, 5 individuals )

  4. Eastern Visayas ( 2 blocs, 2 regional organizations, 6 city organizations, 9 municipal organizations, 6 barangay organizations, 3 NGOs, 4 individuals)

  5. Southern Mindanao ( 3 blocs, 3 regional organizations, 3 city organizations, 1 municipal organizations, 10 barangay organizations, 2 NGOs, 5 individuals )

  6. SocSKSargen ( 1 bloc, 2 city organizations, 1 municipal organization, 1 barangay organization, 4 NGOs, 6 individuals )

  7. Western Mindanao ( 2 blocs,1 regional organization, 9 provincial organizations, 1 city organization,1 municipal organization, 2 NGOs, 39 individuals )

All members were represented in the Congress but for a few who did not make it but sent regrets and explanations.

The Congress accomplished the following :

  1. - It assessed the work of the Coalition during the past three years, 2011- 2013, in the context of its Six-Year Program 2011 -2016, and its Three-Year Program Objectives, 2011-2013.

  2. - The Congress also reviewed and made amendments to its Mandate Paper - explicitly and fully declaring its critique of neoliberalism, and its explicit espousal of reproductive justice. Amendments were likewise made to the Articles of Association. A resolution was also passed calling for a Coalition-wide study on imperialism.

  3. - On the basis of the Three-Year Assessment and the analysis and projection of the political context of pursuing our advocacies and campaigns, the Congress approved its next Three-Year Program, starting mid- 2014.

The Congress elected a new Board with the following as officers and members :

Elected as National Officers :

President

Dr. Eduardo “ Ed “ C. Tadem

Vice-Presidents

Ana Mae “ Mae “ Buenaventura-Dolleton
Lydinyda “ Lidy “ Nacpil
James Matthew Miraflor
Arturo “ Boy “ Nuera

Secretary General

Samuel Cesar Gamboa

Treasurer

Emmanuel Amistad

Elected Organizations and Individuals to the FDC Board are the following :

Organizations

  1. Initiatives for International Dialogue ( IID )

  2. Alliance of Progressive Labor ( APL )

  3. Teachers Dignity Coalition ( TDC )

  4. Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon ( PMT )

  5. Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod ( KPML )

Individuals

  1. Luzviminda Santos

  2. Teodorico Navea

  3. Roberto Diciembre

  4. Marc Christopher Batac

  5. Ma. Fatima Villena- Delizo

The seven officers and a representative each of the five political blocs which sit in the Board will automatically compose the Executive Committee. They make 12 already. In addition, the Board will elect from among organizations and individuals elected at large to the Board to complete the composition of the Executive Committee.

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