Some 5,000 community leaders in Cebu and neighboring provinces are expected to take their oaths as volunteer members of a people’s movement supporting President Rodrigo Duterte in what they call “Lihok Suporta.”
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. will take the oath of the volunteer members of the ‘Kilusang Pagbabago’ at the Cebu Coliseum on October 1, 2016 Saturday.
Kilusang Pagbabago is a people’s movement that supports the changes under the Duterte administration and ensures that the government’s pro-people programs reach the grassroots.
Liza Maza, the national chairperson of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), will join Evasco during the ‘Lihok Suporta.’
Evasco, who oversees 12 national government agencies by virtue of the first executive order issued by Duterte as president, and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña will also grace the opening of the Kilusang Pagbabago office.
Cabinet Secretary Evasco, who was the national campaign manager of the Duterte presidential campaign, first discussed the outlines of Kilusang Pagbabago in Cebu during a meeting with campaign leaders at the People’s Thanksgiving at SRP on June 25, 2016.
With the theme “Lihok Suporta: Suportahan si Presidente Duterte; Isulong ang tinuod nga kausaban”, the Kilusang Pagbabago launch will gather community leaders and member volunteers coming not only from Cebu but all the way from other regions in the Visayas.
The Kilusang Pagbabago is expected to help push the Duterte government’s platform for change and poverty alleviation, an independent foreign policy, and the shift to a federal system of government.
Doris Isubal-Mongaya of Kilusang Pagbabago Visayas said the people’s movement will serve as Duterte’s partner for change by serving as a watchdog that fights corruption and ensure that government does not stray from a pro-people agenda,“Kilusang Pagbabago will also be an educator that raises awareness on Duterte’s change agenda and reforms and a defender of the republic ready to help during calamities and against criminality and threats of destabilization,” said Mongaya.
She said the movement shall work with the administration in the fight against crime, drugs, and corruption through monitoring, documentation, reporting, and advocacy campaigns and ensure effective delivery of government services to intended communities.
Evasco, a former rebel-priest, was the chief of staff of then Davao City Mayor Duterte and later national campaign manager for the 2016 presidential elections. He also served as mayor of Maribojoc, Bohol.