Hon. Henry 'Dingdong' Ong is a public figure in the Second District of Leyte, Philippines where he seeks to uplift the lives of his countrymen by introducing needed reforms in public governance.

On to New Governance – Our District’s Developing Story

Carigara, Leyte – Against expert partisan advice, I shall explain myself in terms of what is best felt for the future of Leyte’s second district where we challenge the existing state of affairs.

We have vibrant volunteers for all sorts of appointments in this fray, but there are battles that I must fight ‘tooth and nail’ alone.

I think it’s more sensible that political advocacy should consider the people and not the technical ‘fundamentals’ of a campaign. Taken together, persons can win all sorts of arguments yet solve no problems.

Let me confess that Strunk and White’s elements of style is not my forte. I am not a journalist. My assurance however: whatever I state in this column come straight from the heart. No tether, no spin.

But please allow me first to thank the Visayan Business Post’s editorial management in London for granting this continuing request from their avid followers in Leyte to allow proponents like me to publish this column.

Being the leading online news service in Leyte today and soon in the entire Eastern Visayas, It is truly an inspiring honor.

My mother who spent most of her youth making thatch roof out of nipa in Carigara taught all her eleven children a simple but life–defining lesson: ‘integrity is always the best policy.’

It is from this lesson that our account of the very honest truths confining our people’s economic and social way of life will rise.

Kasi nga, bakit sa dinamidami ng mga taon na nagdaan at mga salaping pampublikong naitalang inilabas ng gobyerno para sa ating distrito karamihan pa rin sa ating mga kababayan ay naghihirap? I think this is where any honest reform–founded discussion should start.

We continue to consult the people and there are four principal areas of concern that bothers me most. Oswaldo De Riviero aptly stated it in his treatise on the myth of development: sa kalaunan apat lang halos ang mga bagay na dapat nating pinag-uusapan para sa pangkalahatang kaunlaran: food, water, energy and population.

Para sa mga akademikong nagtatanong tungkol sa aking plataporma, inirerekomenda kong basahin din po ninyo ito para lubos ninyong maintindihan kung bakit ang focus ng ating advocacy ay nasa education, health, livelihood at people–participation.

Sadya pong maikli lang ang espasyong bigay sa atin kaya sa susunod na ating lathala ay sisimulan kong talakayin paisa-isa ang mga ito. Palalimin po natin ang matinong diskusyon para sa ating kaunlaran.

Hinihikayat ko po tayong lahat, lalo na ang youth sector, na kung maaari ay huwag po nating hayaang madamay lang sa kampanyang ‘character assassination’ na laging dala ng nakasusukang sistema ng makalumang politika.

Kitakits po uli tayo! God Bless po!

Henry Ong