As the nation awaits the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, the Magkaisa Junk JPEPA Coalition (MJJC) reiterated its call for the public to be vigilant in monitoring the implementation of the JPEPA with the launching of the Bantay JPEPA campaign last May 20, 2009. As of the moment focus is on three vulnerable sectors: (1) nurses; (2) automotive industry; and (3) the environment.
The campaign aims to:
- (1) Conduct an annual review and monitoring of the implementation of the JPEPA, including initiating dialogue with legislators;
- (2) Coordinate with other trade groups with similar advocacies, to strengthen the initiative; and
- (3) Give assistance to vulnerable sectors and act as coordinating boy among the stakeholders.
Recognition of the “Apat na Tapat” – Senators Jamby Madrigal, Chiz Escudero, Noynoy Aquino and Nene Pimentel, who voted against the treaty, was also held at the grounds of the Senate.