MANILA – Popular petitions website Change.org recently revealed the top online petitions of 2013 in the Philippines.
The petitions that made the list were dubbed by the site as the most “clicktastic."
Clicktastic is the “distinct sound made by computer keys when Change.org users start and sign petitions that make great positive impact on their communities,” said Change.org’s website.
Top Online Petitions of 2013:
1. Mercury Drug #Giveback
Topping the list is the petition for drugstore Mercury Drug to give back by donating medical supplies to the victims of typhoon Pablo. The petition saw fruition after gaining 2,279 signatures. Mercury Drug launched “Operation Bigay Lunas” in Cateel, Davao Oriental to address the immediate needs and medical concerns of typhoon survivors.
2. Revoke UP’s "no late payment" policy
Coming in close second is the petition for the University of the Philippines (UP) administration to lift its “No Late Payment Policy” following the suicide of Kristel Tejada, a UP Manila student who was not allowed to enroll due to unpaid matriculation fees. The petition gained the support of 7,000 Change.org users and the controversial policy was eventually lifted.
3. To SMDC: Please Save and Revitalize Philam Life Theater!
The third most popular petition asked SM Development Corporation (SMDC) to stop its alleged demolition plans of the Philam Theater. SMDC bought the land where the Theater is located and initially planned on developing the area. The demolition, however, was put on hold after the petition gained more than 10,000 supporters.
4. Palawan Council: Stop the coal plant near Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary!
More than 4,100 supporters signed the petition for the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to stop the construction of a coal plant in Palawan’s wildlife sanctuary. The petition was declared successful when PCSD did not endorse the construction of the contested coal plant.
5. Release the Pawikan in Turtle Island Guimaras
Another successful petition involves a pawikan released from captivity in Turtle Island in Guimaras. The petition was signed by 1,659 supporters.
6. PAL: Stop Cruel Primate Shipments
The petition for Philippine Airlines not to continue shipping primates to laboratories for experimentation uses was supported by 19,600 people. As a result, PAL ceased the activity.
7. Save centuries-old Balayan Church school and convent from destruction
At number 7 is the petition to save centuries-old Balayan Church school and convent from destruction and commercialization. An administrator of the Church considered leasing the lands for commercial purposes. But thanks to the petitions’ 6,122 supporters, the plan was aborted.
8. The Medical City: Give back by setting up one mobile hospital in any of the provinces hit by super typhoon Yolanda
Similar to the list’s top entry, a petition was launched to urge tertiary care hospital The Medical City to give back by setting up medical tents in Leyte for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. After the petition gained more than 12,000 supporters, the hospital relented and conducted medical missions in various areas of Leyte.
9. GLOBE and SMART: Provide more hotlines for PNP, DSWD and personnel to help operate these hotlines
More than 5,200 people signed the petition for telecommunications companies Globe and Smart to provide more hotlines to the Philippine National Police and the Department of Social Welfare and Development after the country was struck by super typhoon Yolanda. Globe and Smart immediately responded and provided additional hotlines for the said departments.
10. To reinstate Gen. Elmer Soria as Chief Regional Director of the Eastern Visayas Police Region
Around 3,600 supporters signed the petition to reinstate Gen. Elmer Soria to his post after he was “wrongfully” fired in the wake of the Yolanda tragedy. Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas later gave Soria his post back.
11. Suspend the building permit of Torre De Manila
The Manila City Council unanimously sided with more than 8,100 petitioners who sought to suspend the building permit of condominium Torre De Manila, a big structure set to be built directly behind the Rizal monument in Luneta. The petition was declared successful roughly six months after it was launched.
12. Request for Makati Med to set up a mobile hospital in any of the provinces hit by Yolanda
Another medical petition was launched to urge Makati Medical Center to set up a mobile hospital in any of the provinces hit by super typhoon Yolanda. After the petition gained the support of more than 15,400 people, the hospital teamed up with the Philippine National Red Cross and set up an ER on-ground in Tacloban.
Last on Change.org’s list is the petition urging Filipinos to join the Million People March to protest the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. According to the website, 15,660 people signed the online petition while 85,700 others signed petition sheets during the event.