CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS
Rules and regulations
|ARTICLE||I||NAME OF PARTY|
|ARTICLE||II||DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES POLICIES, AND OBJECTIVES|
|ARTICLE||IX||THE PARTY OFFICERS|
|ARTICLE||XI||PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS|
|ARTICLE||XVI||EFFECTIVITY & TESTAMENT OF MEMBERSHIP|
TESTAMENT OF MEMBERSHIP
I join the Nationalist People’s Coalition to unite myself with my fellow Filipinos in dedicating ourselves to the improvement of our countrymen’s well-being.
I believe in the NPC ideology of democracy, that freedom enables me to become a better human being, and that discipline makes me better citizen.
I accept the obligation of paying a reasonable membershipfee, and I shall participate actively in the politics and civic projects of the NPC: NAtional, Provincial, City and Municipal, and Barangay. I sign this testament knowingly, with honor and sincerity of conviction
NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION
We, the Nationalist People’s Coalition, guided by the Almighty
and proud of and inspired by our Filipino heritage, in order to institutionalize
a political party that will rekindle Filipino patriotism, creativity, productivity
and self-esteem to move this nation forward withTenewed vigor
and hope, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution and By-Laws.
SECTION 1. The formal name of the Party shall be:
“NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION”
SECTION 2. SECTION 2.The short name of the Party shall be: “NPC”
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES, POLICIES,
The Nationalist People’s Coalition is a democratic political p-arty. Its principles, policies, and objectives, as well as the authority of its leadership, derive from the consensus of its members. Every member adheres to the NPC through a formal Testament of Membership.
The NPC recognizes the talent, abundance of worth, vision, and civic spirit in our nation’s men, women, and youth. Their participation in politics through the NPC and their service in public office will enable us Filipinos to be the state that we can become and ought to be.
The NPC will contest other parties for elective public positions, always informing the Filipino people of the situation they are in, and leading them where they aspire to be.
The Nationalist People’s Coalition, above all, is resolved to gain the nation’s firm confidence and support as their capable and trustworthy agent of self-governance.
SECTION 1. The Nationalist People’s Coalition believes in the rule of law. It undertakes to uphold and defend the supremacy of the Philippine Constitution.
SECTION 2. The NPC believes that freedom releases the best in the human being, and discipline gives order and direction to the citizen’s efforts. Therefore, NPC is committed to the values of freedom and discipline as the foundation of a democratic society.
SECTION 3. The NPC is the coalescing or uniting of our best people in the cleansing and rationalizing of our government and public service; in the enforcement of accountability among our political leaders and civil servants; in the professionalization and effectiveness of our civilian, police, and military services.
SECTION 4. The NPC believes in the essential importance of educating our citizenry in values- through the family, the schools, the media, and our social institutions- as the prerequisite to skills in management, technology, and science.
SECTION 5. The NPC adopts Dr. Jose Rizal’s concept, in his La Liga Filipina, of the archipelago as a vigorous, compact, and multi-cultural community with a strictly secular government, its citizens blessed with freedom of religion. The NPC rejects the concept of a class war. The NPC regards the government as the unifying arbiter of social conflict and rejects arbitrary force and violence as the means to social peace.
SECTION 6. The NPC regards poverty alleviation programs a principal obligation of government in aid of the disadvantaged and the marginalized. It shall accordingly, be at the forefront in fighting for the rights, welfare-and emancipation of these sectors but not in the form of making the government a perpetual crutch of their dependency in the guise of social welfarism.
SECTION 7. The NPC believes in economic development as themain engine in poverty alleviation.
SECTION 8. The NPC respects the primacy of private enterprise in economic development. Accordingly, government policy should focus on supportive initiatives.
SECTION 9. The NPC believes in the social responsibility that is inherent in private ownership of private properties. The NPC protects all private property and income that are legitimately earned, subject only to re~sonable impositions for the public good that are least burdensome on the citizenry.
SECTION 10. The NPC assigns special importance to the formulation of a comprehensive inventory of the nation’s land, forestry, and fishery resources, their appropriate utilization, and controlled management. Virgin lands, forests, and coastal waters are to be developed subject to their integrity as the legacy of future generations, under clear ecological standards.
SECTION 11. The NPC supports initiatives for the rationalization of the structure of government which will optimize the benefits to the people, providing the most value in terms of governmental services for the taxes which they pay.
SECTION 12. The NPC believes that the relevance and efficacy of any political system rest on the quality of leadership and civic discipline.
SECTION 13. The NPC recognizes the immense contribution of overseas Filipinos to the national welfare and shall strive to protect rights and promote their legitimate interests.
SECTION 1. Qualification. – Membership in the NPC shall be open to Filipino citizens at least eighteen (18) years of age who adhere to the principles, policies, objectives and programs of the NPC, subscribe to its purposes, and accept its conditions for membership.
Junior Membership shall be encouraged and organized in all Chapters, and shall be open to all Filipino citizens between the ages of fifteen( 15) and seventeen ( 17) years old.
SECTION 2. Multi- Party Membership. – Membership in another” political party is strictly prohibited and·shall be a ground for immediate expulsion from the NPC, unless such membership is otherwise authorized by the National Central Committee. However, membership
in civic, business or other similar organizations whose principles, policies and objectives are not. contrary or against those of the NPC, is allowed and even encouraged in order to enhance the character and status of the NPC members.
SECTION 3. Application for Membership. – An application for membership may be filed with the Barangay, Municipal, City or Provincial Chapter where the applicant resides, or directly with the National Central Committee.
Filipinos who reside abroad may file their application for membership
either with their own Local Chapter or with the National Central
SECTION 4. Approval. – An application Jor membership filed with the local chapters shall be forwarded together with its recommendation to the next higher chapter, which shall act on the application by majority vote. Inaction by the higher chapter after 30 days from receipt shall be deemed an approval of the recommendation.
SECTION 5. Appeals. – Objections to an approval or denial of an application by Municipal or City or Provincial Chapter shall be appealable to the National Central Committee whose decision shall befinal.
SECTION 6. Rights and Duties. – The rights and duties of a member are:
|a.||To attend and participate in all meetings and other activities of the Party;|
|b.||To vote in meetings wherein he is authorized in accordance with this Chapter;|
|c.||To be voted for any position of office in the Party wherein he possesses the corresponding voting power and requisite qualifications;|
|d.||To be entitled to assistance and support from the Party and all .its members;|
|e.||To protect and promote the good name of the NPC;|
|f.||To observe and promote the principles, policies, objectives and programs of the Party;|
|g.||To lend personal and pecuniary support for its electoral campaigns, programs, and others intended to enhance the interest of the Party; and|
|h.||To faithfully comply with the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws, as well as the order and directives of its duly constituted officers and/or governing bodies.|
SECTION 7. Loss of Membership. – Membership from the Party
shall be lost by:
|a.||Voluntary resignation from the Party;|
|b.||Affiliation with or active support of another political party and/or opposing the Party’s official candidates, unless otherwise authorized by the National Central Committee as
provided in Section 2 of this article;
|c.||Candidacy in opposition to an official candidate of the Party; and|
|d.||Commission of acts inimical to the interest of the Party.|
Loss of membership under paragraphs a, b and c shall be automatic. In the case of paragraph d, hearings shall be conducted by the corresponding bodies authorized by the National Central Committee to determine the innocence or guilt of the member/s involved.
SECTION 8. Appeals. – The separated member may appeal the decision under paragraph d, Section 7, to the next higher body and then finally to the National Central Committee whose decision shall be final.
SECTION 9. Re-admission to the Party. – The same procedure for admission shall apply and be complied with for re-admission to the Party. However, re-admission to the Party should be processed and membership conferred at least one hundred fifty (150) days before the date of any election.
SECTION 1. The NPC shall have the following Chapters:
|a.||The Barangay Chapter;|
|b.||The Municipal or City Chapter; (for Component Cities within a Provincial Chapter).|
|c.||Provincial or City Chapter (for Highly Urbanized Cities and NPC accredited Independent Component Cities); and|
The National Central Committee shall have the authority to create, modify, alter, abolish, or merge existing chapters and those which may be hereafter created when it deems such act warranted provided that there shall be at least one chapter in each Province.
SECTION 2. Composition. – The Chapters shall be composed
of all the NPC members in good standing who are residents and registered
SECTION 3. 0fficers. – The following officers of the Local Chapters shall be appointed by the National Central Committee upon consultation with the Local Chapter concerned:
SECTION 4. Tenyre of Office.- – The tenure of office of Chapter
Officers shall be three (3) years counted from the time they were appointed and until the appointment and qualification of their respective successors.
SECTION 1. The foregoing organizations shall exercise such powers and duties as may be provided by the National Central Committee:
|a.||The Chapter Convention; and|
|b.||The Chapter Directorate.|
SECTION 2. The Chapter Convention when constituted by the National Central Committee shall have the following powers:
|a.||To assist in the formulation of the Party platform and to adopt the same; to adopt internal rules not inconsistent
with this Constitution;
|b.||To participate in choosing the officers of the Party as may be provided by the National Central Committee;|
|c.||To decide on such issues, conflicts and matters as may be referred to it by the National Central Committee.|
SECTION 3. The Chapter Directorate when duly constituted by the National Central Committee is the executive arm of the Party in their respective CHapters and shall have the following powers:
|a.||To assume the powers and duties of the convention when it is not in session;|
|b.||To assume the control.and representation of the Party in their respective Chapter affairs;|
|c.||To put into effect convention decisions;|
|d.||To adopt and conduct continuing education, information and training programs for its members;|
|e.||To engage in civic welfare programs and projects;|
|f.||To support and campaign for the election of all official candidates of the Party;|
|g.||To organize committees within their territorial jurisdiction;|
|h.||To undertake financial projects to support the Party; and|
|i.||To perform such other functions and duties as are consistent with and necessary for the effective management of the affairs of the Party.|
SECTION 1. The National Convention. – The National Convention is the supreme authority of the Party which has the final decision on all matters, issues or conflicts involving the Party or its members.
1.1 POWERS AND DUTIES:
|a.||Promulgate and adopt the Party’s National platform;|
|b.||Amend and adopt the Constitution and By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Party;|
|c.||Select and nominate the Party candidates for President and Vice-President;|
|d.||Elect the national officers of the Party; and|
|e.||Act upon such matters and transact such business as it may deem necessary or appropriate.|
1.2 COMPOSITION – The National Convention shall be composed of the following:
|a.||The National Officers of the Party;|
|b.||All the members of the National Central Committee, and the Advisory Council;|
|c.||All the incumbent elective national officials;|
|d.||All the provincial chairmen;|
|e.||All past Presidents and Vice – Presidents of the country elected as NPC;|
|f.||All past Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and City Mayors elected as NPC;|
|g.||All the Municipal and City Chairmen; and|
|h.||Such other individuals as may be authorized by the National Central Committee.|
SECTION 2. The National Central Committee. – The National Central Committee shall be the highest administrative and operational arm of the Party.
2.1 POWERS AND DUTIES:
|a.||Implement the decisions, policies and programs of the National Convention;|
|b.||Fix the dates for the calling of the National Convention meetings and sessions;|
|c.||Act on membership application filed with the Provincial, City and District Chapters;|
|d.||Exercise overall control and supervision over the various chapters and organizations of the Party;|
|e.||Propose amendments to and/or revisions of the Party Constitution and By-Laws;|
|f.||Decide upon the appeals made by the Party members who where expelled from the Party by their respective chapters;|
|g.||Resolve -all City, Provincial and District controversies arising from the choice of the official candidates of the Party, as well as chairmanship controversies;|
|h.||Create such other positions and committees as it may deem necessary; and|
|i.||In general, have all the powers of the National Convention when the same is not in session except the authority to amend provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Party.|
SECTION 3. Composition.The National Central Committee shall be composed of such members as may be provided by the National Convention.
SECTION 1. 1.Structure and Functions. The Party shall establish and maintain a Party Institute, the affairs to be managed and controlled by a board of eleven (11) trustees, with the Party President as Ex – Officio Chairman of the board. The other trustees shall be appointed by the National Central Committee upon the recommendation of the Party President and shall serve at the pleasure of the Committee. The Board of Trustees shall meet once a month and upon call of its President. The Institute shall have the following functions:
1. To conduct seminars, workshops and other similar activities for the purpose of:
|a.||Assisting the Party and its governing bodies in drafting and reviewing from time to time the Party Platform of government, Constitution and By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations;|
|b.||Facilitating the dissemination of the Party vision and platform to the general Party membership; and|
|c.||Preparing prospective candidates of the Party for electoral exercises.|
2. To undertake studies on:
|a.||Legislative measures and executive issuance necessary to translate the Party vision and platform into policies; and|
|b.||Policy papers on matters of public interest or concern on which the Party may be expected to take stand.|
3. To engage the services of and compensate experts and consultants to assist the Institute in its work; and
4. To perform such other functions as may be assigned to the Institute from time to time by the National Central Committee or the Party President.
SECTION 2. Executive Director. The Institute shall have an Executive Director, appointed by the Board of Trustees, who will be responsible for its day-to-day operations. He shall render to the National Central Committee a performance report regularly once every quarter and, additionally, as often as may be requested by the Committee.
SECTION 3. Budget The Institute shall submit to the National Central Committee a budget at the beginning of each calendar year. The Board of Trustees is authorized to solicit and raise funds for the projects and operation of the Institute.
SECTION 1. There shall be an Advisory Council composed of members who have held high positions in Government, whether elective or appointive, or in the private or business sector, who, for lack of material time or other causes, cannot actively and effectively participate in the direct management of the NPC. However, a member of the Advisory Council is not prohibited from holding other positions that the Party may assign to him.
The creation and organization of an Advisory Council in all the NPC chapters is hereby encouraged.
SECTION 2. The Advisory Council shall principally give advice and counsel to the National Central Committee or the President of the Party.
SECTION 3. The Advisory Council shall meet upon the call of the National Central Committee or by the Chairman of the Party.
THE PARTY OFFICERS
SECTION 1. The National Party Officers shall be the Chairman,
the President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and the GeneralCounsel. They shall be elected by the National Convention, and shall serve under the pleasure of said Organization.
The Secretary General, the Treasurer and the General Counsel shall be nominated by the Chairman.
SECTION 2. In the event of a vacancy, the National Central Committee shall fill the vacancy by appointment.
The appointee shall serve the un-expired term of his predecessor and shall have all the authority, duties and functions and responsibilities of his predecessor, including the right to vote.
SECTION 3. The Powers and Duties of the Chairman. The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Party and shall be the presiding officer of the National Convention and the National Central Committee. He shall represent the Party in all international conferences, meetings, or gatherings.
SECTION 4. The Powers and Duties of the President. The Party President shall be the Chief Operating Officer of the Party. He shall perform such duties or functions that the National Central Committee may assign.
SECTION 5. The Powers and Duties of the Secretary General:
|a.||The Secretary General shall be the keeper of the records of the NPC and of the meetings and other activities of the National Central Committee, and the National Convention;|
|b.||The Secretary General shall be Administrative Head of the National Office, and shall recommend to the President the office organizational structure and functional
systems, and the corresponding appointment of manpoWer requirements and budgetary requirements; and
|c.||The Secretary General shall perform such other duties and functions that the President and/or the National Central Committee may assign.|
SECTION 6. The Powers and Duties of the Treasurer:
|a.||The Treasurer shall be the keeper of the funds of the NPC, and shall keep a record of all receipts and disbursements in acco~dance with adaptable accounting systems to be approved by the National Central Committee;|
|b.||The Treasurer shall recommend to the National Central Committee, thru the President, ways and means of generating funds from membership dues and other sources; and|
|c.||The Treasurer shall .perform such other duties and functions that the President or the National Central Committee may assign.|
SECTION 7. The Powers and Duties of General Counsel:
|a.||The General Counsel shall be the principal legal adviser of the NPC, and shall represent the NPC in all legal proceedings;|
|b.||The Office of the General Counsel shall, as far as practicable, assist the different NPC chapters in their legal problems; and|
|c.||The Office of the General Counsel shall perform such other functions and duties as the national organs of the NPC may assign.|
SECTION 8. In recognition of his invaluable service to the Party, Honorable Ernesto Maceda, shall be the President Emeritus and shall be a permanent member of the National Central Committee.
SECTION 1. AII intra-party disputes shall be settled solely by an Arbitration Committee to be organized by the National Ce1=1tral Committee.
SECTION 2. The composition of the Arbitration Committee will depend on the nature of the issues and the parties involved therein. All parties involved in the conflictls shall have representations in the Arbitration Committee.
SECTION 3. Except as may be provided by law, no action can be filed in the courts and other government adjudicatory bodies relating to or arising out of an intra-party dispute without prior resort to the Arbitration Committee.
SECTION 4. The above rules shall apply to all Party Chapters.
PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. General Policy. As provided for under Section
14, Article II of this Constitution, the Party shall participate in the Country’s political processes and management of the affairs of government, both national and local.
SECTION 2. Local Elections. Chapter organization may adopt such measures and strategies, not inconsistent with the directives of the National Central Committee, as they may deem necessary for meaningful participation in elections and victory of their candidates.
SECTION 3. Nomination. The National Central Committee shall act as the Nominating Committee. The following procedural requirement shall apply:
|a.||Party members aspiring for an elective position shall declare in writing such intent and the position desired, and submit the same to the National Central Committee;|
|b.||The National Central Committee shall set the standard requirement for qualifications and the procedure for selection;|
|c.||The National Central Committee shall attempt to resolve conflicting interests and organize a complete popular slate;|
|d.||Failing in the above, the National Central Committee shall submit to the Chapter Directorates or Conventions the names of the contesting aspirants and the positions being contested;|
|e.||Should the calling of a Convention be decided, then the matter of selection of candidates shall be included in the agenda; and|
|f.||The National Central Committee shall approve all nominations which shall be properly authenticated.|
SECTION 4. Selection of Candidates. In the event of the need for the calling of a convention in the selection of candidates for national or local positions, the following rules shall apply:
|a.||A Convention Committee shall be organized where all the factions are represented;|
|b.||All the candidates or factions shall equally contribute to cover the expenses of such convention, the estimate of which shall be prepared by the Convention Committee;|
|c.||Selections of candidates thru local conventions are appealable to the next Higher Chapter Directorate and finally to the National Central Committee.|
SECTION 5. Electoral Campaigns. The National Central Committee and the corresponding Chapter Committees shall be primarily responsible for:
|a.||Organizing theit respective campaign committees;|
|b.||Formulating the national and local platforms, identifying the issues and establishing Party positions thereon;|
|c.||Propose measures or alternatives for a judicious selection of national and local candidates; and|
|d.||Determine the extent of financial and other material support to the Party candidates, and the corresponding distribution mechanisms and other guidelines.|
SECTION 6. Appointment of Party Representatives. The Provincial and City (Highly Urbanized Cities) Committees shall propose to the National Central Committee the officers or members who should represent the Party in the appointment of the Party’s representatives in the holding of elections. The National Central Committee shall designate such recommendees. When the National Central Committee is not in session, the Chairman, Party President or the Secretary-General shall make the designation in the order herein provided. All designations shall be reported to the National Central Committee.
SECTION 1. All Party members shall:
|a.||Hold sacred and firm their commitment to their Testament of Membership with the Party;|
|b.||Uphold the principles, policies and objectives of the P.arty with valor, values, and vision; and|
|c.||Conduct themselves with honor in their politics and in public service.|
SECTION 2. AII Party members have a strong sense of country and duty, of statesmanship and understanding; and shall strive to become a politician worthy of his country’s trust.
SECTION 3. AII Party members shall strive to set a praiseworthy example which shall be properly recognized and honored.
SECTION 1. Domicile of Party Organization. – Each Party organization shall designate and maintain a place for its meetings and the transaction of its business. Such domicile shall be maintained in such conspicuous manner for functional and identification purposes.
SECTION 2. Civic Welfare. Every member shall, in his local community and constituency, act to improve the welfare of the families of Party members and constituents, alleviate their distress, and assist them in gaining access to livelihood opportunities. He shall do this to demonstrate that the NPC communities and constituencies are better served than other communities.
SECTION 3. Political Education. Every member shall bring to his constituent’s awareness the importance of local issues of government and relate them to national issues. He shall inform his constituents of the NPC position on issues, and demonstrate the benefits and advantages to the community that result from their support of the NPC position.
SECTION 4. Public Finance. Every member shall inform the local constituents on the sources of funds of local governments, the uses of funds, and the means of increasing local funds. By analogy, he shall inform them about national finances. He shall assure that the NPC stands for prudent use of public funds, and that increasing the community’s wealth improved welfare for the people.
SECTION 5. Emblem or Banner. The National G,entral Committee shall adopt an official emblem or banner of the Party
SECTION 6. Forms. All the Chapter members shall be required to accomplish the following forms:
|b.||Testament of Membership; and|
The National Central Committee shall design and prepare such
forms for distribution to the different Chapter Organizations.
Local Chapters shall cause the translations of this Charter in as
many dialects as needed in order to more appropriately and significantly
be able to institutionalize the NPC.
SECTION 7. Testament of Membership A Testament of Membership signed by the member and attested by the Party President and Secretary-General, shall be issued to all members upon payment of membership dues.
SECTION 8. Appeals. All appeals must be made in writing and shall contain:
|a.||The decisions appealed from;|
|b.||All parties involved;|
|c.||The causes to merit the appeal; and|
Matters or issues on appeal may still be resolved by compromise or agreement through arbitration.