David D’Angelo is a long-time environmental and climate action advocate. He is the current president of the Green Party of the Philippines and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a team of activists supporting The Climate Reality Project founded by former US Vice President Al Gore.
D’Angelo is campaigning on a seven-point political platform: declaring a climate emergency, blockchain governance, new and alternative minerals management, green and affordable energy, educational reforms, legislating environmental code amendments as well as organic farming and food sovereignty.
He vows to push legislation that will favor the GPP’s Green Agenda, which includes recognizing the rights of local communities in managing their own ecosystems and instituting a national moratorium on mining until a national land-use plan is created, identifying the areas which can and cannot be used for mining activities.
D’Angelo also wants to revisit the Rice Tariffication Law, which he claims is putting local farmers at a disadvantage. He also wishes to increase the funding for healthcare, in preparation for future pandemics.
He also supports strengthening the use of blockchain and cryptocurrency to improve the economy.
During the filing of his certificate of candidacy, D’Angelo stressed that no other senatorial candidate has a strong environmental agenda, despite the UN Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s declaration of “Code Red for Humanity.” D’Angelo has referred to his candidacy as an “extinction rebellion.”
He supports legalizing divorce but with strict provisions and very clear circumstances, decriminalizing libel, passing an anti-dynasty law, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Equality Bill, the Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill, and reforming the party-list system.
D’Angelo opposes reinstating the death penalty, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the mandate and multi-billion-peso funding of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and same-sex marriage but supports same-sex civil unions.
He is included in the senatorial slate of labor leader Leody de Guzman under Partido Lakas ng Masa.
“Ang akin pong kandidatura ay isang extinction rebellion—kandidatura para sa bayan. Kaya po ang signatory ko ay isang saludo na hango sa Hunger Games. Ito’y isang pag-aalsa para sa kalikasan at kinabukasan.”
“I had been fighting all my life and this is my greatest battle yet not for myself but for others and the future generation. I leave it all to God and Divine Providence. Whatever happens, I will continue to serve in whatever capacity I am called to serve. Salamat po sa tiwala.”
DAVID DELANO D’ANGELO – PROFILE
Full Name: David Delano D’Angelo
Birthday: October 16, 1977 (Age 44)
Birthplace: Malolos City, Bulacan
Residence: Valenzuela City, Metro Manila
Parents: Jose Colon D’Angelo, father, deceased; Norma Merano Delano, mother, deceased
Civil Status: Married
Children: John Dwight A. D’Angelo, self-employed; Helen Cleodara A. D’Angelo, student; David A. D’Angelo Jr., student
Profession/Occupation: Social Media Manager
- Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Fernandez College, 2004
- National president, GPP Kalikasan Muna (Green Party of the Philippines), April 2020 – present
- President, member of the Board of Trustees, and incorporator, Bayanihan Para sa Kalikasan Movement, Inc.
- Director for Digital Projects, Aksyon Kalikasan (Eco Actions PH), Inc., May 2019 – present
- Program manager, director and regular host, Ako at ang Kalikasan TV, 2019-present
- Board member, Luntian Center for Environmental Governance, January 2017–present
- Climate Reality Leader, Climate Reality Leadership Corps, 2021-present
- Council Representative, Asia Pacific Greens Federation, August 2020-present
- Chairperson, Political Affairs and Lobbying Committee, Upper Marikina Watershed Coalition, 2020-present
- Member, Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy, 2019-present
- Member of the national campaign committee, Partido ng Marangan ng Sambayanan (PANGMASA) | Nick Perlas for President Movement, 2010
- Member, Partido Kalikasan, 2004-2009
- Co-founder of Brotherhood of Destiny or BROOD, 2002-present
- Officer and member of the Executive Committee, Asia-Europe Youth for Sustainable Development, 2007-2009
- Member, Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly, 2003-2008
- AKBAYAN Party’s candidate for municipal councilor of Atimonan, Quezon, 2001
- Director for Online Event Management and Public Relations for Environment Advocacies, 2021 – present
- Participant and local organizer, World Cleanup Day, 2021-present
- Director for Online Event Management and Public Relations for Environment Advocacies, Rotary Club of Alabang Madrigal Business Park, 2021-present
- Events organizer & digital marketing consultant, Red Cloud Interactive
- Communications Officer, PeachTech, Inc. | Communications to Build Peace NGO
- Project manager, World Creative Youth Forum on Sustainable Development
- Assistant Information Officer, Sustainability Watch Network
- Co-Founder, Naruto Cosplayers PH, October 2010-present
D’Angelo has been involved in environmental advocacy work since 1994. In 2004, he joined Partido Kalikasan, which later on became the Green Party of the Philippines. He has been GPP president since 2019.
He is also a Climate Reality Leader in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a team of activists committed to supporting The Climate Reality Project founded by former US Vice President Al Gore.
D’Angelo was AKBAYAN Party’s candidate for municipal councilor of Atimonan, Quezon in 2001.
In the 2010 presidential elections, D’Angelo actively campaigned for the party’s presidential candidate, Nicanor Perlas, who lost to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
He has worked in digital marketing and events organizing and management, including for environmental groups.
D’Angelo recently made a name for himself in the cosplay community as Master Pogi PH. He is also one of the co-founders of Naruto Cosplayers PH, a “cosplay for a cause” organization.
PLATFORM AND POLICY
- Pass a law declaring a national climate emergency with key content as follows:
• Nationwide assessment of climate danger zones by the local disaster risk reduction councils
• Increase funding for research and development on climate crisis-related technologies including climate-resilient homes, organic farming and food security, transportation, etc.
- Impose a moratorium on mineral mining–cause an evaluation of current mining contracts and assessment of their effects and commitment to environmental standards, and focus rehabilitation of current mining sites towards reforestation and food security initiatives
- Increased funding for support to sustainable infrastructure and sustainable transportation
- Setting as priority an environmental law giving harsher penalties to environmental crime
- Creating an environmental protection and enforcement bureau
- Creating a stronger and national law on the protection of watersheds
- Pass a national biodiversity restoration program
- Pass a national land use law
- Pass the Alternative Minerals Management bill
- Introduce a bill regulating harmful refrigerant both in industrial and commercial application particularly the air-conditioning unit which emits harmful greenhouse gases– phase-out the use of R22 refrigerant or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), instead use Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) i.e., R-32 and R-134 (D’Angelo specifically cites “as of now, the most environment-friendly refrigerants available for Air Conditioners in India are R-290 (Propane) and R-600A (Iso-Butane). The Global warming potential of R-290 is 3 and R-600A is 3, and both of them have zero impact on the ozone layer”)
- Strengthening security of tenure:
• Ending ENDO for major enterprises particularly those which are providing regular work
• Revisiting the law on labor and wages providing for a way to make the minimum wage according to the situation in a particular community and with consultation on relevant sectors and stakeholders
• Protection and empowerment of labor unions
- Support and subsidy for shift to 100% organic agriculture and food production with consultation on local communities and food producers
- Subsidy, support and tax holiday for green companies and green enterprises with particular increased support for small and medium size green enterprises
- Creating an incentivization system for those who are participating in green initiatives
- Institutionalize 20% reduction of on-site work and adopt remote work arrangement as we successfully adopted amidst pandemic– 20% reduction means four-days on-site work and one-day work from home; work mobility will be lessened which translates to lesser carbon footprint it contributes to the environment; measure also alleviates traffic congestion, minimizes exposure to air-pollutants as health hazard, and averts vehicular incident and road accidents
- Strengthening support for community and local enterprises particularly cooperatives
- Standing up for climate justice worldwide–GPP is part of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation and the Global Greens and this connection will be used to call on all greens to work towards the realization of the Paris Agreement and to be Carbon Neutral by 2030
- Create a mutual protection agreement for the West Philippine Sea
- Response to COVID-19 and future emerging diseases:
• Refocus funding towards enhancing health care system which includes better protection and salary/wages for our frontliners; providing better facilities; and building of new and fully-equipped healthcare facilities to fight the current pandemic and future emerging diseases
• Synchronize system on disease response through better contact tracing, alert level system, and quarantine protocols, among others
• Move towards lifting quarantine restrictions towards opening the economy
- Subsidy and tax holiday for renewable energy sources and green enterprises
- Green education:
• Strengthening environmental education for teachers
• Cooperation of teachers, parents and students towards a green sustainable future
• Promote green consumerism, green enterprise and green economics in the educational system
• Insertion of climate change lessons in the spiral curriculum progression
• Support for green infrastructure such as: school green facilities, hanging gardens, solar roofs, sustainable roofs, and simple rainwater catchment facilities
- Subsidy and support for research and development on the environment
- Imposition of the carbon tax to encourage better and green enterprises
- Improving education:
• Integrating arts and culture appreciation in all levels of education
• Creating a system which will integrate parent-student-community support
• Revising the current K-12 curriculum and shifting on an education that is focused on multiple-intelligence and not just academics
• Ensuring equal pay, salary and continuing education for teachers
• Improving the quality control on our books and reference materials
• Utilizing mass media as an extension of quality education and as part of their commitment under their franchise agreement
• Giving greater access to free education to indigent Filipinos
• Providing protection for academic freedom across all level
• Creating greater supervisory power of the Commission on Higher Education and the education department on our educational institutions in order to ensure that all institutions are providing quality education and costs that are not exorbitant
• Empowering student councils as a partner in ensuring that educational institutions are operating for students’ welfare
- Send an open letter to the United Nations calling on all member nations to commit to the Paris Agreement and Net-Zero by 2030
- Support the establishment of South East Asia Green Cultural, Economic & Ecological Security Solidarity
- Commitment towards global climate justice
Social Welfare, human rights
- Nationwide universal housing program–ensuring peoples’ access to affordable and cost-effective universal housing with support for livelihood and green housing
- Amendment of the Anti-Terrorism Act
- Amendment of the Cyber Crime Prevention Act
- Support for the passage of the SOGIE Equality bill and the rights of the LGBTQ+ sector including the right to public union while preserving religious freedom
- Support for the passage of a strict divorce bill, as a fundamental individual right without prejudice to religious freedom and beliefs