2013 Election Scorecard for Voters
The MGG Scorecard is the first of its kind in Philippine politics. It is a simple and effective guide to evaluate candidates based on three key leadership criteria: effectiveness, empowering, and ethical leadership.
The criteria was initiated by MGG using diverse local and international governance benchmarks from Gawad Galing Pook, the World Bank, and the UN. The scorecard was finalized with the assistance of the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the country’s leading human resource organization.
“This scorecard helps Filipinos regardless of social class and background to evaluate candidates in terms of whether they are fit for public office. It enables voters to critically think through all the information, jingles, and gimmicks thrown at them by political campaigns,” says Prof. Solita Monsod, MGG Chair.
The MGG Scorecard uses three equally vital leadership criteria and simple guide questions. It looks at a candidate’s effectiveness, or their ability and track record to perform their duty; empowerment, or a candidate’s ability to unite and engage stakeholders to develop and implement policies and programs that meet genuine needs of the populace; and, ethical, which affirms the need for the candidates integrity and character.
“These three complementary traits are all necessary for our country to be governed as we deserve, and the scorecard allows voters to grade candidates on each criteria using simple guide questions. It also ranks the candidates’ total scores — on a basic 1 to 3 score — to determine who among them meets these traits the best,” says Dr. Milwida Guevara, MGG founder and Gawad Haydee Yorac Awardee.
The scorecard may be downloaded from the MGG website and will be disseminated to key cities and communities up to election day. MGG has been promoting the use of its scorecard since the 2010 elections.
- MGG 2013 Scorecard – English: PDF format | JPEG format
- MGG 2013 Scorecard – Filipino: PDF format | JPEG format
This excellent exercise puts to shame the alleged, so-called, putative political parties in their utter failure to select people for their lineup on the basis of anything resembling a set of criteria.
A political party is to the State as religious orders or seminaries are to the Church. Each one serves as the quality control mechanism for the institution, recruiting/training its rank and file, promoting its principles/ideology/platform, maintaining consistency/order/discipline, advancing worthy values/causes in society, civilizing it, and so on.
If our political parties/leaders could only behave even remotely as such, there would be no need for a Movement for Good Governance, and much less for its Score Card