RAUL L. LAMBINO
A Man of Hope
A Leader of Integrity
A Builder of Dreams
RAUL L. LAMBINO is a man of hope, an individual of integrity, and a builder of dreams for his people.
Passionate in his political advocacies: Born to a poor family in the small town of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, and fluent in both Pangasinan and Ilocano, Raul possesses the finest traits of the two ethnic communities.He is humble, compassionate, understanding, and God-fearing; but he is also strong and passionate in his political beliefs and advocacies.
Landmark appearance before the Supreme Court: While still teaching political and constitutional law, Raul became nationally prominent when he successfully argued a landmark political case before the Supreme Court in 2006. He convinced the High Court that “there is an enabling law that allows amendments to the Constitution through People’s Initiative.”
Family: Raul’s father, Bonifacio Lambino,Sr., a retired government employee, died in 1986. His mother, Leodegaria de Loyola—now 87—was a dressmaker who still is the guiding light to her five children. Raul is the fourth child and the second boy.
Marriage: Raul is married to Marilyn de Guzman of Bauang, La Union, and Mangaldan, Pangasinan. The couple has three children: Mark Ronald, a geography graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) and a successful businessman; Mary Rhauline, a UP economics (cum laude) and sophomore at the UP College of Law; and Meryllainne Rhacquel, a Political Science junior, also at the UP Diliman campus.
Early occupations: Raul spent his early youth in Baguio City, where he worked variously as a tailor, gasoline boy and driver of passenger jeepneys and taxis. Returning home, he attended the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, where he took a degree in Political Science (cum laude) in 1981. He then taught the subject while studying Law at the same university. He graduated cum laude in 1986 and passed the bar the next year.
Passion for learning: Raul pursued his passion for teaching as professor of political and constitutional law at the University of Pangasinan and then the University of the East in Manila. Still later he became lecturer and reviewer in political law and remedial law—vocations he carried on until now. Though Raul has amassed an impressive resume, he has not stopped learning. He continues to take up short studies in law, economics, and public administration. At UP Diliman, he attends the master’s degree course in Business Administration, to bolster his practical experience of good governance.
Taking up the challenge of Manila competition: Like other bright provincials, Raul took up the challenge of big-city competition early on. In Metro Manila he worked in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1991—first as legislative officer, then as chief of staff, to Representative Jose De Venecia of the Fourth Congressional District of Pangasinan. From 1998 to 2000, he was chief of staff to Senator Loren Legarda. From 2001 to present he serves as consultant in both Houses of Congress to some Senators and Congressmen.
Law practice in Metro Manila: Even tougher was the challenge of setting up his own law practice in the National Capital Region. Very few graduates of provincial law schools ever break this big-city barrier. Raul Lambino did—earning the respect of his peers. He manages his own law firm at the Ortigas complex in Pasig City.
His political commitments: For 20 years now, Raul Lambino has been politically committed in serving the rule of law, the cause of justice, and the principles of good governance. He advocates accountability and openness—transparency—in the public service. Having been a beneficiary of basic public education, Lambino also stands for universal health care, quality basic education, livelihood programs, equal job opportunities, adequate food on the table, affordable housing, infrastructures development, environmental protection, and peace and order.
The vocation of public service: Raul Lambino did not waver but accepted the challenge instead when Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party Leaders called him to the vocation of public service as senatorial candidate of the majority party. His life experience as a poor country boy who has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps makes Raul Lambino a natural champion of the Filipino poor, especially the provincials or rural folks (probinsyano), in the Senate of the Philippines.
ABAKADA LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Sa Hunyo 30, 2010, may magiging bagong residente ang Malakanyang. Bagama’t mahalaga ang pagbabagong ito, marami pa ring bagay ang hindi magbabago. Patuloy pa rin ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at ang paglubog ng marami sa higit na kahirapan.
Ang totoo nyan, hindi sa Malakanyang nag-uumpisa ang pagbabago. Anumang krisis ng bayan ay nauugat din mismo sa bawa’t isa sa atin. Ang isang bansa ay gusaling sintatag o sinrupok lamang ng mga indibidwal na mamamayan. Sa madaling salita, sa atin magmumula ang pagbabago.
Ngunit hindi simple ang manawagan ng pagbabago kung kaya’y binuo natin ang Abakada ng Pagbabago upang ilatag ang isang malinaw na pampulitika, pang-ekonomiya, at pang-kultural na plataporma para sa pagbabago at ang mga kakambal nitong structural changes sa ating lipunan.
Change begins with you. The choice is yours to make. You can choose a candidate who can entertain with smooth talk, or a candidate with a clear vision of what needs to be done. You have the ability to transform your life and help transform the country—- and it all begins with your very own power of choice.
Let the change begin—within! Ang pagbabago ay magmumula sa akin: sa aking isip, puso, salita at gawa.
Bayan, higit sa lahat. We only have one country. Pangunahin nating tungkulin ang pangalagaan ito at ang kapakanang pambansa.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Dapat tayo mamuhunan sa ating kabataan.
A hungry Filipino is not a free Filipino. Hindi ganap ang kalayaan kung marami sa ating mga kababayan ang hindi nakakaahon mula sa pagkagutom, pangamba at karukhaan.
When we open a school door, we close down a prison cell. Ang karunungan ay kayamanang hindi kailanman mananakaw. Our educational philosophy must consist of producing the right kind of graduates for jobs here and abroad.
Gamot at Kalusugan
Health is the first of all liberties. Ang karapatan sa abot-kayang gamot at gamutan ay di dapat ipinagkakait ninuman.
There is no honorable peace where there is no social justice. Dapat makilahok ang karaniwang mamayan sa pagpapasya sa pulitika at ekonomiya upang mawasak ang diskriminasyon.
Information Technology (IT) is the great equalizer! Dahil sa makabagong teknolohiya, ang impormasyon ay nasa dulo na ng daliri ng bawat Filipino. Let us harness the power of IT to empower Filipinos.
Lupa at Sakahan
True agrarian reform does not stop at land acquisition and distribution. It must improve the lives of our small farmers, and increase agricultural productivity. Makakamtan na rin ng magsasaka ang tunay na biyayang hatid ng lupa.
Ang isang matinong gobyerno ay tuntungan ng isang matatag na republika. Labanan ang korupsyon na sumira sa pagtitiwala ng Filipino at naging pinakamalaking hadlang sa ating kaunlaran.
Negosyo at Kalakal
We cannot give to the wage earner by taking away from the wage payer. Kakambal ng masiglang negosyo ang makatwiran na pasahod.
To train a person is to save the nation. Sa panahon ng krisis, tungkulin ng gobyerno na tustusan ang mga programa at proyektong nagbibigay ng kasanayan, karunungan at kagalingan sa Pinoy para sa trabaho– dito man o sa ibang bansa.
Pangunahing obligasyon ng gobyerno ang bigyan ang bawat Filipino ng pagkakataong umasenso at gumanda ang buhay. The poor can and will eliminate poverty, and free themselves from the chains that we have put around them. Dapat magkaroon ng kabuhayan at trabaho dito sa ating bansa at hindi na kailang mangibang-bansa pa ang ating mga kababayan lalung-lalo na ang mga kababaihan.
There is no way we can go forward, except together. Isara na natin ang mga kabanata ng hidwaan at pagtutunggali. Buksan ang pinto ng pambansang pagkakaisa at pagkakapit-bisig. Tama na ang madugong digmaan sa kanayunan at sa Mindanao.
Government is elected for the safety, prosperity and happiness of ALL Filipinos. It is not for profit, privilege, or interest of any one individual, family, or group. Makikibaka tayo laban sa mga pagyurak ng karapatang pantao at pang-aaping pulitikal ng mga “warlords”, at buwagin ang mga “political dynasties” na umaalipin sa mga mamayan at naghahasik ng takot at pangamba sa mga taumbayan.
Sigla ng Pangangalakal
Our survival as a nation resides in supporting a new generation of entrepreneurs who can create jobs, wealth and growth. Kaayusang pangtrabaho at tulong panlipunan upang mas marami ang makabahagi sa makatuturang hanap-buhay.
Kaya mong abutin ang iyong mga pangarap dahil may trabahong naghihintay sa iyo! The Filipino has become an in-demand, sought-after Worker of the World (WOW) who must not only be trained to work overseas, but for work overseas that can be done from where he is.
Walang katuturan ang agham kung ang mga bunga nito ay hindi natatamasa ng ating mamamayan. Science must produce for the Filipino and generate, synthesize and nurture technologies tailored to the service of our people.
Hunger cannot wait! Mahigit dalawang milyong pamilyang Filipino ang nakakaranas ng gutom. In our country, poverty cannot be alleviated without a proper agricultural policy.
Yaman ng Kalikasan
The country does not belong to us, but to our children. Tiyakin natin na ang mga gawain ng tao ay gumagalang sa integredad ng sistemang ekolohikal at hindi sumisira sa kalikasan.
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“Ang mga nabanggit na Programa ay pagtutuonan natin ng lubos na pansin at kaukulang aksyon kung tayo po ay patnubayan ng Poong Maykapal at pahintulutan ng ating mamayan na makapagsilbi sa Bayang minamahal at sa bawat Pilipino bilang isang Senador sa darating na halalan sa 2010. Umasa po kayo na gagawin kong lahat sa abot ng aking kakayahan para matupad ang mga pangarap nating lahat na magkaroon ng malinis na pamamahala at makagbigay ng kaukulang serbisyo sa Bayan.”
PRESS RELEASE 01APPOINTMENT OF SC JUSTICES NOT COVERED BY RULE ON MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT“With all due respect, I completely disagree with Father Joaquin Bernas’ opinion. President Arroyo can appoint the next chief justice and other SC justices within sixty days before the elections on May 10, 2010 and thereafter, and before she steps down from office on June 30, 2010,” said Lakas senatorial bet Raul Lambino, a professor of constitutional law.
Lambino told Lawyers for Accountability, Transparency, Integrity & Good Governance (LATIGO) in their executive committee forum led by Atty. Galeleo Angeles, that the constitutional rule prohibiting midnight appointments as contemplated in Article VII Section 15 of the Constitution is not absolute.
While he conceded that the prohibition may cover appointments in the judiciary, the appointment of Supreme Court justices must be considered exempt from the same.
“In a scenario where most if not all the members of the high court will retire within the sixty day period before the expiration of the term of the President or before the scheduled elections, if we follow the strict application of the prohibition in Article VII Section 15, then we will end up with no Supreme Court for at least four months,” Lambino said.
“We can’t afford to have no Supreme Court, the third branch of our government at any given day,” Lambino said.
“Thus, the provision of Article VIII section 4 requires that the vacancy in the high court must be filled within 90 days to avoid any vacuum and avert a constitutional crisis from happening,’ Lambino added.
This provision must be taken as an exception to the rule against midnight appointments by an outgoing President.
Moreover, the rationale of such rule as spelled out in the Aytona v. Castillo was to allow the new President to implement his/her new policies and programs without his hands being tied down by people who are newly appointed in the executive department.
This fear will not happen in the case of the judiciary much lesser even in the Supreme Court which is independent from the executive department.
“It is so irresponsible and arrogant for Senator Noynoy Aquino to state that he will not recognize the appointment of the next chief justice by President Arroyo,” Lambino scored.
“The right move to be done by Noynoy is to raise the issue before the Supreme Court which under the Constitution has the final say. God forbids that he will become president, lest he puts the country in peril.” Lambino said.
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Lawyers’ group supports Lambino bidAn association of nearly 1,000 lawyers has pledged to support the senatorial bid of Raul Lambino.
Lawyer Galileo Angeles, president of the Lawyers for Accountability, Transparency, Integrity and Good Governance (Latigo), said his group voted overwhelmingly recently to campaign for the Lakas-Kampi candidate.
Angeles stressed that Lambino has been an indefatigable advocate for real reforms and defender of workers’ and farmers’ rights, being counsel to an alliance of transport workers in Northern Luzon and a lawyer for farmers in several provinces in the country.
The Latigo president explained that his members were particularly attracted to the legislative platform of Lambino, which he called “Abakada ng Pagbabago” and covers practically the entire range of issues that confront the Filipino people.
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NORTHERN LUZON TRANSPORT WORKERS BACK LAMBINOAn alliance of transport groups in Northern Luzon has vowed to campaign for lawyer Raul Lambino, saying the Lakas-Kampi senatorial candidate would champion the cause of more than 10,000 jeepney, tricycle, bus and taxi drivers in Pangasinan, the Ilocos Region, Baguio, CAR, Cagayan Valley and nearby provinces.
Robert Campo, who chairs the alliance, said Lambino knows the plight of transport workers since he was once a gasoline boy, and drove a jeepney and a taxi cab while living in Baguio in 1974-78 before studying in college.
“He knows how we feel, he knows how hard we work and he knows how to promote our interest,” Campo said.
Lambino has been acting as counsel for transport cooperatives and drivers’ and operators’ associations all over Pangasinan, La Union, Baguio and other provinces, he added.
The Lakas-Kampi candidate has been campaigning on a platform of improved wages for drivers, and better income for transport operators insisting that social justice demands that workers must be adequately paid while operators or businessmen must likewise be afforded a reasonanle return of their capital investments.
Lambino noted the steady reduction of drivers’ wages as the prices of gasoline, diesel and spare parts skyrocket.
“The recurrent increases in the prices of gasoline, diesel, lubricants and spare parts tell heavily on drivers and operators as well,” he explained, “and these hikes had not been addressed by fare increases or some form of subsidy for them to weather these difficult times.”
In batting for Lambino, Campo said he has already instructed association members to support the candidate and required them to festoon their vehicles with his posters.
Lambino has also been crafting self-help schemes for drivers and operators in order for them to cushion the impact of rising prices.
“It may come in the form of the ordinary paluwagan or enforced savings so they can use their cash for scheduled credit. We are also seeking to empower them by organizing themselves as bulk buyers of gasoline and diesel in order for them to avail themselves of discounts,” he added.
“However, since drivers are irregular workers, who are likewise championing their enrolment as members of the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth and some other mutual fund.. If they can not go to SSS and PhilHealth, then representatives of these institutions should come to them,” Lambino added.
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Top 5 priority bills ni Lambino bilang Senador
Inihayag ni Lakas Kampi CMD senatorial bet Raul Lambino ang kanyang limang priority bills sakaling manalo siya sa May 14 election.
Nangunguna dito ang pagrebisa ng 1991 Local Government Code kung saan palalakasin niya ang probisyon sa accountability at transparency upang mapabuti at mapabilis ang pagbibigay ng basic social services, infrastructure programs at maging ang pagbantay sa natural resources.
Pangalawa sa agenda ni Lambino ang pagbuo ng Constitutional Convention upang maitugma sa kasalukuyang pagbabago at adhikain ng samabayanang Pilipino ang Constitution.
Pangatlo ipapanukalang batas ni Lambino ang baguhin ang sistema kung saan ang malaya ang malalaking kompanya na magrehistro sa Manila, Makati, Cebu o sa malalaking siyudad ngunit ang bulto ng negosyo ay nasa probinsiya.
“Kailangang doon sa probinsiya, munisipyo at barangay magbayad ng buwis ang malaking kumpanyag ito para makatulong sa pag-unlad ng kanayunan,” ani Lambino.
Pang-apat na agenda ni Lambino ang pagbuo ng Office of Independent Counsel sa ilalim ng Supreme Court. Ang Independent Counsel ang siyang aatasan na mag-imbestiga at mag-prosecute sa mga katiwalian ng Pangulo at kanyang pamilya, kasama na ang Bise Presidente, Ombudsman at mga miyembro ng Gabinete.
Ikalimang bibigyan pansin ni Lambino ang panukalang magtataas ng suweldo at magbibigay ng karagdagang benepisyo sa mga sundalo, pulis, guro at mga health workers.
“Kaawaawa ang mga guro, sundalo, pulis at mga health workers natin. Sila ang naghihirap na nagbibigay serbisyo sa mga ordinaryong kababayan natin pero sila mismo ay hikahos,” ani ng tubong-Pangasinan na abogado.
Ilan lamang ito sa maraming panukalang inihahanda ni Lambino sakaling palarin siyang manalo sa Mayo 14 election.
“Marami akong naiisip na magandang batas kasama na ang pagtatama ng alokasyon ng pondo upang matugunan ang pangunahing pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan dahil “feel ko ang pinagdaraanan” ninyo,” ani ng dating chief of staff ni Loren Legarda na ngayon ay tumatakbong Bise Presidente sa ilalim ng Nacionalista Party. -30-
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Lambino promotes YEHEE Pilipinas!
True to his pledge as the “voice of the provinces”, Lakas Kampi CMD senatorial bet Raul Lambino made a brisk round over the weekend in various areas in Luzon to trumpet his YEHEE Sa Probinsya program, an acronym of his legislative agenda meaning youth, education, health, economy and environment.
A native of Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Lambino was eagerly welcomed last Friday afternoon in San Fernando City, Pampanga; Saturday morning in Kalinga-Apayao Province; and in the evening in Dagupan City.
Lambino on Sunday afternoon flew to Davao City where various civil society groups eagerly await for his visit. Earlier, no less than influential 6-million strong religious group leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy personally invited him to his Davao headquarters and prayed for the success of his senatorial bid.
Asked to explain his YEHEE program, the former gasoline boy, tricycle and jeepney driver during his teen years, said Y stands for youth. He said young people can save the nation from all economic woes if they are equipped with skills.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. We need to invest in our youth,” he said Lambino.
The letter E stands for education, a lifetime wealth that no one can take away from you. “When we open a school door, we close down a prison cell. Our educational philosophy must consist of producing the right kind of graduates for jobs here and abroad.”
Lambino said putting educational agencies under one roof will be more effective. “We need to create only one department for the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to ensure that all educational programs are synchronized and focused in producing well-equipped youth ready for the workplace.”
The letter H means health, which is the first of all liberties. “The right to affordable medicine and medical attention should be within reach of everybody,” said Lambino, who worked as Chief of Staff for a Congressman and a Senator.
The second letter E stands for economy. Lambino, who graduated cum laude in college and topped his law school, believes that fair and just compensation should go hand in hand with good economy. “We cannot give to the wage earner by taking away from the wage payer.”
Lambino, a college instructor while studying law, said every Filipino has the right to either put up his/her own business or be gainfully employed right here in our country.
“As much as possible, we want to make use of the skills and talents of our countrymen right in the various work places in the country. If they can earn more than enough, then they will not be tempted to work abroad,” he said.
He added that the survival as a nation resides in supporting a new generation of entrepreneurs who can create jobs, wealth and growth. The Filipino has become an in demand, sought-after Worker of the World (WOW) who must not only be trained to work overseas, but for work that can be done from where he is.
The last letter is another E meaning environment. Lambino knows that taking care of the environment is as important as taking care of the citizenry. “The country does not belong to us, but to our children. We want to make sure that we respect the integrity of the ecological system and avoid practices that will destroy the environment.” -30-
PADALA NG MGA OFWs –HUWAG NG BUWISAN, LAMBINO
Umapila sa gobyerno si Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial bet Atty. Raul Lambino na huwag buwisan o i-exempt na sa pagbabayad ng documentary stamp tax ang mga OFW upang hindi na mabawasan ang kanilang ipinadadala sa mga kaanak.
Ang pagsusulong sa pagtatanggal ng buwis sa remittances ng OFW ang isa sa mga pangunahing agenda ni Lambino gayung malaki aniya ang pakinabang ng ekonomiya ng bansa sa mga tinaguriang “bagong bayani”.
“The Philippine economy has survived the global financial crisis and a positive growth was registered because of OFW remittances. It is not wise fiscal policy to require documentary stamp tax payment for such remittances,” ayon kay Lambino.
Binanggit pa ng abogado na sa taunang ipinadadala ng mga OFW na umaabot sa $17 bilyon ay mahigit sa $1.3 bilyon ang nakokolektang buwis dito ng gobyerno mula sa tinatayang 10 milyong Pilipino, migrante at contract workers sa ibang bansa.
“It would be better if this amount ($1.3 billion) goes directly to the families of OFWs instead of going to the coffers of the government,” binigyang diin pa ni Lambino.
Ipinaliwanag pa ni Lambino na madaragdagan ang salaping ginagastos ng mga OFW at kaanak sa merkado kapag tinanggal na ang buwis sa remittances. “Pag may malaking gastusin ang tao, sisigla ang ekonomiya.”
Sa bawat P200 remittances ng OFW ay nakukuhanan ito ng gobyerno ng P0.30 na documentary stamp tax na siyang nakasaad sa Tax Reform Act of 1997.
Maging ang health coverage para sa mga OFW at kanilang kaanak ay isinusulong din ni Lambino. “OFWs and their family members should have universal health coverage through Philhealth Philippine Health Insurance) for them not to worry about their medical expenses. Their health requirements should be taken care of when they come back to the country.”
Kasabay nito ay nanawagan si Lambino sa kaukulang ahensya ng gobyerno na higpitan ang pagpapatupad ng batas na pipigil sa illegal recruitment maging ang panloloko ng mga employer pagdating sa benipisyo at sahod para sa mga OFW.
“It is already common knowledge that many OFWs do not receive rightful salaries, benefits and conditions of work in accordance with the contract entered by them before deployment. OFWs, whether documented or undocumented, must get ample protection from government while abroad,” sinabi pa ni Lambino.
Maging ang pangangailangan sa pabahay ng mga OFW ay nanawagan si Lambino na marepaso ang Pag-IBIG Fund law upang maibsan din ang mga ito sa kontribusyon “Mabuti may mandatory coverage ang OFWs sa Pag-IBIG Fund pero kailangan suriin para makita kung paano mapapagaan yung pagbayad nila ng contribusyon sa Pag-IBIG.” -30-
DOE, KINALAMPAG NI LAMBINO
Kinalampag ni LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD senatorial candidate Atty. Raul Lambino ang Energy Department at iba pang kinauukulang ahensiya ng gobyerno para isapubliko ang tunay na kalagayan ng suplay ng koryente sa bansa hanggang para sa mga susunod na taon.
Sa ganitong paraan, ani Lambino ay maagap na malalatagan ng solusyon sakaling matantiya ang posibilidad na maaaring maulit pa ang ganitong problema sa koryente sa hinaharap.
“It goes against the principle of public service when people get a confirmation that there is a serious problem on power supply only when they are already being pestered by rotating brownouts,” sabi ni Lambino.
Naniniwala si Lambino na alam naman ng mga Energy officials na mangyayari ang suliraning ito subalit nagkulang sila sa inisyatibo para agad maglatag ng preventive measures.
Isa anya sa nagpalala ng problema ay ang ugali ng marami sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno na nag-re-react na lamang sa suliranin sa halip na maging pro-active para maprotektahan ang bansa sa ganitong uri ng sakit ng ulo.
“We have to bear in mind that power consumers are not the only one suffering the brunt of brownouts but the entire country as well as it directly affects business operations,” ani Lambino, kasabay ang paghahalimbawa ng reklamo ng mga negosyante sa Mindanao.
Kung maaga lamang umanong nagbigay alarma ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno ay nagkaroon sana ng sapat na preparasyon at mga hakbangin para hindi inabot ng bansa ang ganito kabigat na krisis.
Kabilang sa mga hakbanging ito ay ang pagtatayo ng backup na planta ng koryente hindi lamang sa Luzon kundi maging sa Mindanao .
“If only the government and the people were forewarned of this problem long before, we would have not reached the point that power crisis has to be declared by the President in Mindanao, it would have not reached the point that election results are being doubted at this early because of these rotating brownouts,” ani Lambino.
Gayunman, sinabi ni Lambino na ang nangyayari ngayon ay dapat na magsilbing panggising sa pamahalaan para seryosohin ang pagpaplano at pagsasakatuparan ng pangmatagalang solusyon sa krisis sa koryente sa bansa. ###