PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
3. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO
AKSYON DEMOKRATIKO

Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso is the incumbent mayor of the City of Manila. After serving as the capital city's vice mayor from 2007 to 2016, he ran for senator but failed to secure a seat. He was then appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation and later, undersecretary at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Since taking office, Domagoso has focused on improving public health and school facilities and providing low-cost housing for the urban poor, along with beautification and tourism projects across the city. Most recently, he has spearheaded Manila's pandemic response which includes mitigation, vaccination, and assistance programs along with giving out free medicine and testing services even for non-residents of the city.

Domagoso is campaigning on a "Life and Livelihood " economic policy that aims to address poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and social injustice through an inclusive and equitable infrastructure development program as spelled out under his 10-point Bilis Kilos Economic Agenda.

Similar to Duterte in 2016, Domagoso is campaigning on a platform of "duplicating" his local projects on a national level. These projects include socialized housing, modernized public school education and continuing the administration's anti-drug campaign.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Public infrastructure for basic needs, social services and health
 
COVID-19 response; Vaccine hesitancy
 
Countryside development and construction of tourism circuit
 
Education in far-flung areas
 
Peace and order
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Socialized housing program under Duterte’s Build, Build, Build campaign, similar to Manila local projects
  2. Reducing taxes on petroleum and electricity by half to generate funding
  3. First two years of his term will be dedicated to strengthening the health sector - along with food security, education and housing projects.
  4. Address food security through the use of advanced technology in the agriculture sector.
  5. Related proposals:
    • Provide scholarships for students in Medicine and allied courses
    • Increase salaries of health workers including barangay health workers
    • Push for regularization of nurses and ensure payment of their SRAs
    • Build 17 regional hospitals like Bagong Ospital ng Maynila
    • Build Cancer Center of the Philippines, and Infectious Diseases Hospital
    • Address Mental Health Issue
    • Appoint financial experts to better manage PhilHealth
  6. Other housing proposals:
    • Allot 1.3% of GDP to housing per year
    • Setup Vertical Housing within cities and near workplaces
    • Impose well-planned zoning and prioritize the National Land Use Act
Previous Platform:
  1. Vowed to continue the BBB campaign to create jobs
  2. Campaign promises:
    • Bagong Ospital ng Maynila, 2019
    • PLM College of Medicine - Old Ospital ng Maynila, 2019
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Pursued the construction of low-cost housing, schools and hospitals in Manila, which he wants to replicate on a national level
  2. Other projects: 10-Story Bagong Ospital ng Maynila; 88.30% complete Refurbished Sta. Ana Hospital, with Dialysis Center, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Medicine Center, and Robotics Center Flora Valisno Dialysis Center Corazon C. Aquino General Hospital at Baseco Compound
  3. Issued Executive Order No. 45 wherein the local government will provide incentives to barangays with no new infection from Dec. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021, signed November, 2020
  4. Construction of 3-Story Community Hospital at Baseco Compound; 44.26% complete
  5. Modern Public Housing projects:
    1. Completed
      • Basecommunity Phase 1; 2021
      • Tondominum 1 & 2; 2022
    2. On-going
      • Binondominium; 89.54% completed
      • Three 20-storey residential condominiums
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Highlighted need to “police” the unvaccinated, allowed the Manila Police District’s arrest of six protesters who led a rally against vaccination and the national government’s pandemic response
  2. Rollout clear pandemic response roadmap: isolate, test, treat, vaccinate
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Signed local ordinances restricting the mobility of vaccinated persons in the capital city and later, one banning the unvaccinated from use of public transportation
  2. Pushed for rapid expansion of city vaccination drive to include drive-through facilities
  3. Recalled no walk-in policy to allow non-residents to get tested, vaccinated and receive free medicine in Manila’s six city hospitals
  4. Ordered that only severe, critical, and some moderate COVID-19 cases be admitted into hospitals in Manila City
  5. Built Covid-19 Field Hospital in just 52 days in 2020
  6. Free anti-Covid medicines for all Filipinos
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Creation of Department of National Culture and History, construction of Iloilo-Guimaras Bridge
  2. Other proposals:
    1. Build tourism highways, tourism circuit
    2. Promote culture of sustainable tourism
    3. Promote event-based tourism Fortify policies that would cushion the impact (and potential impact) of pandemic on tourism
    4. Strengthen creative economy policies
    5. Craft a national creative economy strategy
Previous Platform:
  1. Early years of term saw an aggressive crackdown against vandalism, where Domagoso himself cleaned off protest art at the Lagusnilad Underpass
  2. Promised Tourism Circuit, 2019
  3. Promised development of Intramuros to the National Museum, Rizal Park, Binondo, and other heritage districts in the city Manila Skydeck (10-year infrastructure plan)
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Beautification of Manila City included modernization of tourism sites including Intramuros as a tourist destination
  2. Other projects:
    1. Cleanup operations in Divisoria
    2. Redevelopment of Manila Zoo, Arroceros Forest Park, Ayala, Jones, and Quezon Bridges
    3. Rehabilitation of Manila City Clock tower, Kartilya ng Katipunan, Anda Circle, Lagusnilad underpass , Plazas in Asuncion, Moriones, Salamanca
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Vowed to provide public school students and teachers with laptops or tablets and free broadband connection, other school supplies and anti-Covid hygiene kits.
  2. Other proposals:
    • Early Childhood Education and Development
    • Increase 4.3% education budget to GDP ratio
    • STEAM Education, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics)
    • Implement Continuous Upscaling of Competence Among Teachers in All Levels
Previous Platform:
Among past campaign promises:
  • Revival of Good Manners and Right Conduct
  • Decent, air-conditioned classrooms
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Distribution of tablets for students and laptops for teachers, pre-pandemic
  2. Other projects:
    • Continuous allowances for students of Manila
    • Tablets and internet allocation for students to help during pandemic setup
    • Provide scholarships to students
    • On-going construction of 20-Story school buildings:
      1. R. Almario ES; 35% completed
      2. Manila Science HS; 35% completed
      3. Dr. A. Albert ES; 11.53% completed
      4. Ramon Magsaysay HS (soon to rise)
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Continue war on drugs but without extra-judicial killings linked to it
  2. Allow foreign probers under the International Criminal Court to come to the Philippines to investigate alleged crimes against humanity under the Duterte administration
Previous Platform:
Consistent support for the national government’s war on drugs since the start of term as Manila Mayor. Has praised the Duterte administration for its “effort” against illegal drugs and said Duterte was the only president to focus and act on the country’s drug problem
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Supported the national police’s anti-drug efforts but claimed that there were no extra-judicial killings in Manila unless drug suspects violently resisted arrest
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Said he would not “lift a finger” to protect Duterte from investigation, but later claimed he would be “honored and humbled” to have Duterte in his Senate slate
Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so

Public Office

As city mayor, Domagoso is mandated to supervise local projects, enforce laws, and ensure delivery of basic services and facilities. Since 2019, he has focused on improving infrastructure, through health facilities, public school buildings and various beautification efforts. More recently, he has led the city’s COVID-19 response programs.

Also under Domagoso's leadership, Manila topped the 2020 ranking of highly urbanized cities by the Department of Trade and Industry whose metrics are based on economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency. The city fell to second place in 2021, trailing behind Quezon City.

He ran for senator in 2016 under Partido Galing at Puso Coalition but failed to secure a seat after placing 16th with 11.1 million or 24.95% of the total votes.

Oversees Manila's COVID-19 pandemic response, including:
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  1. Manila COVID-19 field hospital
  2. mass vaccination drive
  3. free mass swab testing
  4. quarantine facilities
  5. hazard pay and sleeping quarters for frontliners
  6. speedy purchase of life-saving anti-Covid drugs such as Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Baricitinib, Molnupiravir, and most recently, Bexovid, to help treat patients who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. These were made available even to non-Manila residents
Position/Date
Manila Mayor, 2020 to present
Status
  1. COVID-19 Vaccination drive ongoing
  2. Only 85 active cases of COVID-19 in the city as of Mar. 23, 2022
  3. 1.65 million individuals fully vaccinated per Manila City Public Information Office as of Mar. 23, 2022
City “beautification” project, and thrust towards low-cost housing in slum areas
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Position/Date
Manila Mayor, 2019 to present
Status
Project ongoing, including campaign against vandalism in the city and consistent support for national projects such as the Manila Boy Dolomite Beach
Improvement of health facilities
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The Bagong Ospital ng Maynila and the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center at the Sta. Ana Hospital
Position/Date
Manila Mayor, 2010 to present
Status
Medical facilities operational
Support for education
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  1. Cash allowance for students
  2. Distribution of tablets for students and laptops for teachers
  3. Began construction of new school buildings at the Manila Science High School and R. Almario Elementary School and the Dr. A. Albert Elementary School
Position/Date
Manila Mayor, 2021 to present
Status
  1. Construction of the three public school buildings all began mid-2021
  2. Construction of new Ramon Magsaysay High School building began Feb. 18, 2022
  3. Continuous distribution of cash allowance to students
Ayuda such as benefits under Ordinance No. 8565
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  1. Monthly pension for seniors citizens
  2. Monthly allowance for persons with disability and solo parents
  3. and other support services under the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund, Food Security Program (food boxes) and Trabaho para sa Manileño program
Position/Date
Manila Mayor, 2019 to present
Status
New wave of ayuda was distributed on Feb. 10, 2022
Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information

Subject Matter Relevant Dates Potential Liability Status
Arrested by police over alleged illegal gambling Feb. 2013 Potential criminal and administrative liability Charges eventually dismissed by Department of Justice due to lack of evidence
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

Assets
P56.9 million
Liabilities
P2 million
Net Worth
P54.9 million

*As of June 30, 2016

Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

Campaign Manager:

Lito Banayo (President Duterte’s political strategist in 2016)

Alliances and Endorsements:

Willie Ong, running mate in 2022 elections

Party History:
Nacionalista Party (2010)
United Nationalist Alliance (2013)
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2013)
Partido Galing at Puso Coalition (2016)
National Unity Party (2019)
Adopted as Vice Chairman of NUP for Political Affairs
Aksyon Demokratiko (2022)
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

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Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

 
Low-cost housing in the city of Manila
 
Other basic needs
 
COVID-19 needs
Low-cost housing in the city of Manila
Position/Date
Mayor; City of Manila; 2019 to present
Status
Ongoing; three major condominium projects to be accomplished by January 2022 according to Manila City public information office

Updates:
  1. Completed: Basecommunity, Tondominium 1
  2. Ongoing:
    1. Tondominium 2
    2. Binondominium
    3. 20-storey residences
  3. In planning stage Basecommunity Phase 2
Low-cost housing in the city of Manila
Position/Date
As Manila Mayor, 2019-present:
  1. Provided food security needs, including new wave of ayuda were distributed since Feb. 10, 2022
  2. With the ongoing constructions of infrastructure projects in Manila, jobs are being generated
  3. For education:
    1. Distributed Android tablets to students for distant blended learning set-up
    2. Distributed laptops with pocket wifi for teachers’ online classes
    3. Distributed tablets with SIM cards for students in Kinder to Grade 12
    4. Allocated 20GB data per month for about 201,000 K-12 students
    5. Allocated P5 million for teachers’ training
Low-cost housing in the city of Manila
Position/Date
As Manila Mayor, 2019-present, COVID-19 anti-viral medicines were purchased ahead of other cities as also advised by his running mate Doc. Willie Ong (Tocilizumab, Remdisivir, Molnupirapir)
Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO
Full Name: Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso
Birthdate: October 24, 1974 (47 years old on election day)
Birthplace: Tondo, Manila
Residence:
Religion: Roman Catholic
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Parents:
  • Joaquin Domagoso (1930–1995), Father, Stevedore at Manila North Harbor,
  • Rosario Moreno (1946–2020), Mother, Housewife
Siblings:
Marital Status: Married, Diana Lynn Ditan, private businesswoman
Children:
  • Vincent Patrick Domagoso
  • Frances Diane Domagoso
  • Joaguin Andre Domagoso
  • Franco Dylan Domagoso
  • Drake Marcus Domagoso
Education:

•Public Administration; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

•Bachelor of Laws; Arellano University

•Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; International Academy of Management and Economics

•Courses in Local Legislation and Local Finance; University of the Philippines, Diliman

•Executive Education Program; Harvard University

•Strategic Leadership Program; Oxford University

Work Experience:

•Mayor, Manila, 2019 to present

•Undersecretary for Luzon Affairs, Department of Social Welfare and Development, 2018

•Chairman of the Board, North Luzon Railways Corporation, 2017

•Vice Mayor of Manila, three terms, 2007 - 2016

•Councilor, Manila 1st District, 1998 – 2007

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Platform of Government
 
Labor and employment
 
Support for various industries; Agriculture
 
Government restructuring; Good and smart governance
 
Infrastructure
 
Digital transformation and industry 4.0
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Create jobs. improve competitiveness by simplifying processes to aid enterprise/li>
  2. DTI, DOST, DICT should work closely with MSMEs and startups to support those who intend to shift to other business models, products, and/or services and shift to digitalization/li>
  3. Increase credit availability to MSMEs. Increase loan pool available to performing MSMEs/li>
  4. Create more special agro-economic zones/li>
  5. Continue giving cash assistance to Filipino Families affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Ordinance No. 8646: tax incentives can be used in business taxes, regulatory fees and services, including surcharge and penalty interests, 2020
  2. Ordinance No. 8759: Trabaho para sa Seniors and Persons with Disability (PWDs); 2020, Implemented at Polytechnic University of the Philippines and signed Memorandum of Agreement with several fast food companies; 2020
  3. UPAD BKBK (Barangay Ko, Baka Ko, Work for Cash for Senior Citizens); Hired PayMaya activators for the PAYMAYA cards of the senior citizens of Manila; 2020
  4. First Employers Forum for the partners of Manila PESO; first for Manila to sponsor the PESO Association of Metro Manila Assembly; 2019, implement Local Government Internship and Special Program for the employment of students; 2021
  5. First PESO Job Caravan; 2020
  6. Conducted Local Recruitment Activity (Maagang Pamaskong Handog para sa Manileño); 2019
  7. Mega Job Fair; 2019
  8. MOA with Manila, DOLE, OWWA, POEA and TESDA: OFW Help Desk and convergence on Anti-Illegal Recruitment; 2020
  9. Awarded Livelihood Assistance to 50 families of child laborers amounting to Php600,000 in coordination with DOLE; 2019
  10. Conducted Project of Angel Tree: Issuance of Financial Support and School Supplies to DOLE identified child laborers; 2019
  11. Support during the pandemic:
    1. Ordinance No. 8803 (KASAMA Program) KAlinga SA MAnileño emergency employment for 25,000 individuals affected economically by COVID-19 pandemic; 2022
    2. Hired e-tricycle drivers for the frontliners of Manila
    3. Distributed FreeBis (Free Bisikleta) to delivery services riders
    4. BikeCination Implementation (free bikes for the vaccinated workers)
    5. Produced 1,500,000 washable face masks produced by tailors in Manila
    6. Turn over of TIKA donations to Manila City with Mr. Mustafa Kerimoglu (TIKA Director) and Ambassador of Turkey, Her Excellency Artemiz Sumer (sewing machines and other supplies amounting to almost Php1,700,000
    7. Hiring DILG (2020) and TUPAD-DOLE (2021) contact tracers
    8. Face mask making with TESDA
    9. Implemented JobStart Philippines; 2021
    10. First Virtual Job Fair; 2020
    11. Launched online employment facilitation for the local recruitment activity; 2020
    12. Conducted face to face local recruitment activity; 2021
    13. Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa Program with DTI (P5,000 financial assistance); 2020
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Financial assistance to MSMEs including 0% interest on loans in financial institutions.
  2. Transition of Business Process Outsourcing to Knowledge Process Outsourcing
  3. Agriculture sector:
    1. Include Agriculture in STEM > STEAM
    2. Provide farmers with risk-free capital
    3. Lead farmers to adopt new technologies and target farmers’ income to level with the average Filipino worker
    4. Connect farmers to markets
    5. Build more irrigation systems and improve efficiency of existing ones
    6. Lower cost of agricultural production; cut excise tax of oil by 50%
    7. Stamp out smuggling of agricultural products and limit its importation
    8. Establish post-harvest and cold storage facilities in major food production areas
    9. Establish a Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Decrease the number of undersecretaries and assistant secretaries and instead appoint more efficient secretaries
  2. Good governance proposals:
    1. Put in place honest, competent, progressive, passionate, cooperative, goal-oriented and hardworking teams who value Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in leadership positions/meritocracy in gov’t agencies
    2. Encourage political inclusion by discouraging political dynasty, fat dynasty
    3. Promote social harmony/solidarity and channel Pinoy Pride
    4. Champion peace and order
  3. Smart governance proposals:
    1. Promote citizen participation
    2. Track pulse of nation by listening to citizens
    3. Make public data open, freely available, downloadable in user-friendly and digestible format
    4. Simplify govt processes by digitization and automation
    5. Review/update/remove existing laws
    6. Promote the ease of business in all levels of government to curb corruption
Previous Platform; Date:
  1. Consistent support for the national government’s war on drugs since the start of term as Manila Mayor
  2. Among smart governance promises:
    1. Smart City
    2. Digital ID for Manila Residents
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Early years of term saw an aggressive crackdown against vandalism, where Domagoso himself cleaned off protest art at the Lagusnilad Underpass
  2. Ordered removal of all names of politicians including his that have been painted or attached to all schools in Manila; 2019
  3. Supported the national police’s anti-drug efforts but claimed that there were no extra-judicial killings in Manila unless drug suspects violently resisted arrest
  4. Smart governance projects:
    1. GO Manila
    2. Traffic management, No-contact Apprehension
    3. Partnership with Microsoft for Digital Transformation, free Microsoft 365 accounts for students
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Build national fiber optic backbone to connect to boost the country’s communication capability and internet connectivity
  2. Build more power plants, both conventional and renewable
  3. Trimodal transport system (roads, airports, seaports)
  4. Build bridges to connect islands
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Authorized by Manila Council to negotiate with the company of American billionaire Elon Musk for the purchase of Starlink low-orbit satellite for the use of the Manila City as well as public school students
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Increase government research and development spending to 2%, prioritize Artificial Intelligence fields and additive manufacturing
  2. Support community to create a unicorn (6 years)
  3. Ensure successful implementation of National AI roadmap
Previous Platform; Date:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Deviation from Previous Platform: