“Tapang in malasakit has changed the lives of Filipinos.”
This is how Communications Secretary Martin Andanar summed up the Duterte administration in seven words.
As President Duterte celebrates his 77th birthday on Monday, March 28, Andanar added seven more words: “The PRRD’s revolutionary policies have kept our economy afloat.
“The Duterte administration has broken down barriers and made many achievements in these aspects which are truly incomparable to the achievements of previous administrations,” he told the Manila Bulletin.
According to Andanar, President Duterte, who will leave the presidency in June, the administration’s seven greatest legacies are:
- Free university education and other anti-poverty programs
- Anti-narcotics campaign
- Anti-corruption initiatives and good governance
- Improved health services
- Build, build, build
- Peace and security, and counter-insurgency efforts
- Preserving economic stability in the context of the pandemic
- Independent foreign policy
peace and security
Andanar highlighted the various initiatives of the Duterte administration for peace and security:
- The signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law which created the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
- The signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020
- The creation of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)
- Philippine Armed Forces Modernization Program
Another initiative is the government’s “proactive and effective” fight against illegal drugs which has resulted in the following (as of January 31, 2022):
- 75.35 billion pesos – Value of seized drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPEC) and laboratory equipment
- 1,008 dens dismantled
- 18 clandestine laboratories dismantled
- 24,303 / 42,045 drug-free barangays
- 226,662 anti-drug operations carried out
- 6,229 deaths
- 327,039 people arrested
- 14,389 high value targets arrested
- 1,044 government employees arrested
According to Andanar, the country’s spending grew by around 5-6% relative to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) under the Duterte administration, “truly ushering in the golden age of infrastructure”. This is compared to 1.6% of GDP from 2001 to 2010 and 3% of GDP from 2011 to 2016.
“Through the Build, Build, Build program, we were able to generate 6.5 million jobs from 2016 to 2020,” he said, noting that despite pandemic restrictions, the program was able to provide a total of 1 .4 million jobs to Filipinos nationwide as of March. 2020 to August 2021.
Andanar said that it was only in the Duterte administration that certain laws and ordinances were initiated and enacted in support of social services for all Filipinos, including:
- Extension of passport validity to 10 years
- Extend the validity of driving licenses to five years
- Universal Access to Quality Higher Education Act
- Anti-hospital deposit law
- Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act
- Philippine Mental Health Law
- Universal Health Care Act
- The Sin Tax Law
- Malasakit Centers
- Maternity leave law extended to 105 days
- Free Irrigation Service Act
- Alternative Learning System Act
- Ease of Doing Business Act
- Price regulation in the Drug and Medicine Retail Act
- The creation of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission
- The creation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) program
- The establishment of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)
Foreign policy and economics
On foreign policy, Andanar said the Duterte administration “continues to fight for our rights, sovereignty and territorial integrity in the Western Philippine Sea.”
“This is reflected in our independent foreign policy of being friends of all and enemies of no one,” he said.
On the economy, the acting presidential spokesperson said the DuterteNomics had paved the way for unprecedented socio-economic reforms and development to achieve poverty reduction as well as sustained economic growth.
As the Philippines is still under the Covid-19 pandemic, the administration passed the CREATE (Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises) Act to provide relief to corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the workforce. This is outside of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN Act) of 2017.
As the Duterte administration nears the end of its six-year term, Andanar said the government will continue to steer the country toward economic recovery while managing COVID-19 risks during the transition and adapting to the new normal.
“Part of our outcome goals is to increase the rate of recovery for those affected by COVID-19, empower our health system to manage possible increases in cases, and accelerate social and social development. economic,” he said.
According to Andanar, the recent signing of the amended Civil Service Law by President Duterte is a timely step to boost foreign direct investment, especially as the country is now focused on economic recovery.
“In the coming years, even under different management, we hope this will be one of the best strategies to attract more foreign investors to the country,” he said.
“It is also good news for the public as consumers, as we will be able to provide Filipinos with more choice and better services by opening up public services to competition,” he added.
Meanwhile, Andanar said the ten-point policy agenda on economic recovery will help accelerate and sustain economic recovery from the pandemic, and a whole-of-government approach to align all national government economic recovery programs and measures.
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